Also known as: Newport steak, triangle steak, bottom sirloin steak.
What it is: Tri-tip is a triangular cut from the bottom sirloin section of the steer. Extra thick, it needs to be covered when grilled. Most common on the West Coast and in the southwest.
Price: $7 a pound.
For 4 people, buy: One 1½- to 2-inch-thick steak (1½ to 1¾ pounds).
Best way to prep: Season with salt and pepper, use a rub, or marinate.
Recommended Cooking Times (for Medium-Rare)
Grill: 8 to 10 minutes per side over medium heat (covered).
Sear and roast: Sear for 4 to 5 minutes per side, then roast at 450° F for 8 to 10 minutes.
Broil: 10 to 12 minutes per side.