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Beer-Braised Chocolate Tri-tip with Onion, Carrot, and Turnips

Recipe bydhuskins


  • 3 lb Tri-tip
  • 2 T Kosher salt
  • 2 - 3 T unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 - 2 T grapeseed or canola oil
  • pinch sugar (optional)
  • 2 12 oz beers (brown aie)
  • 2 sprigs rosemary
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 9 small turnips, quartered
  • 5 small carrots, cut in to 1 inch pieces
  • 1 T butter, cold and cut into quarters


  1. Preheat oven to 300F
  2. Salt Tri-tip all over. Dust with cocoa powder and pat it evenly all over. Let meat rest for 1 hour.
  3. Heat oil in a dutch oven. Brown onions with a pinch of sugar and then remove from pan.
  4. Brown Tri-tip in pan on all sides. Add onions, beer, rosemary and bay leaf to pot. Cover and cook on middle rack of oven for 1.5 hours
  5. Take pot from oven and add turnips and carrots. Return pot to oven with lid slightly ajar. Cook for 1 hour or until vegetables are tender.
  6. Remove meat and vegetables and set aside. Cover with foil to keep warm.
  7. Strain liquid in the pot and remove fat. Reduce remaining liquid by half. Salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Remove from heat and whisk in butter 1 piece at a time.
  9. Slice roast thinly and serve with vegetables and sauce.

Servings: 6 to 8



Phil's picture

Interesting recipe! Was this tasty? Any suggestions on replacing the beer if I'm cooking this for someone who eats gluten and sugar free?

dhuskins's picture

Phil, Yes, it was very tasty. I have been pouring the braising liquid on toast for a delightful snack now that the meat is gone. I would cook it next time using a thermometer as this one came out a little over cooked and dry. The pinch of sugar was simply to improve browning of the onions. It can easily be removed.

The beer is a little more difficult to substitute. It adds the sweet/bitter component of the meat. You could try replacing it with a few shakes of Angostura bitters and water. Cook the onions down a bit more to replace the sweetness lost from the missing ale. (Angostura bitters are gluten free; however the alcohol used in it is fermented molasses.)

Phil's picture

Thanks so much. I think I'll try bitters+agave nectar+water.

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