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Tri-tip in Lancaster, PA area

There was a lot of discussion a few weeks ago about being able to buy Tri Tip outside of California.  I like Tri Tip and decided to see if I could locate some in the Lancaster, PA area.

I was finally successful at Shady Maple Market.  I contacted the meat manager and he looked into it.  He agreed to buy a case from their supplier and let me take what I'd like and then sell the rest as Tri Tips (if there was a demand) or cut them into steaks.  His case consisted of 4 cryovac packages with 6 Tri Tips in each.  He had quoted me a price of $5.09 per pound for the USDA Choice (untrimmed) cuts.  I decided to take 2 of the packages (12 Tri Tips total) and he lowered the price to $4.59 per pound.

I asked about how others could get some and he would be happy to order for anyone.  Just give him a call and let him know what you want.  His name is Bob Zdradzinski at 800-238-7363 extension 657 or bobz@shady-maple.com  The web page for the market is: http://www.shady-maple.com/farm-market/

I also was called back by the meat manager at Stauffers market in our area and they also have some for me for $5.99 per pound. I'll be picking these up in a few days.  These may be trimmed and worth the extra cost.

I checked with Costco also but they have ordered them in the past and couldn't sell them so they won't order any more.

I'll be cooking one tonight for dinner.
Barry Lancaster, PA

Comments

  • Good to know. Ive seen them all over this forum and have wanted to try. I'm about 1.5 hrs away but may make a day trip to beautiful Lancaster to get some.
    LBGE, Weber Performer. Located in Franklin County Pa.
  • DMWDMW Posts: 3,277
    Tasty Licks in Shillington also has them for $5.99 lb. Might want to call ahead, not sure if they always have them.
  • hapsterhapster Posts: 4,481
    Thanks for the heads up... I'm about 30min from Shady
  • ShiffShiff Posts: 1,056
    Just be sure to call Shady Maple to order them (or see if they have any in house).  Bob Z the meat manager said it usually takes a week to get them in.
    Barry Lancaster, PA
  • ShiffShiff Posts: 1,056
    Correction:

    I just finished trimming the Tri TIps in one of the cryovac packages and there are 5 Tri Tips (not 6 - the meat manager was only guessing when he told me 6) in the package.  The packages run from 18-20 pounds and  the meat is untrimmed.  You do not have to buy a whole package from Shady Maple.
    Barry Lancaster, PA
  • Might have to check it out. Post some pics when you cook thrm
    Mark Annville, PA
  • ShiffShiff Posts: 1,056
    I cooked one last night for dinner and it was great. I took some pictures and photobucket kept giving me errors on upload so I will try again today. 
    Barry Lancaster, PA
  • ShiffShiff Posts: 1,056
    edited November 2013
    I cooked a Tri Tip (my first one cooked at home) last night and it came out great.  I cooked it medium well since my wife doesn't like things too rare but we were still very happy with the flavor and it was very tender.

    I had problems uploading the pictures to Photobucket from my desktop computer (kept giving me HTTP errors) so I tried it from my iPhone and it seemed to work.  I hope they post here OK.

    I rubbed the Tri Tip with coarse salt, black pepper, garlic powder, and turbinado sugar.
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    I got the BGE setup for direct heat at around 500 degrees and put the Tri Tip on for a few minutes on each side to sear it then removed it.

    I then put in the plate setter and the grill on top of that and some Apple wood on the charcoal.  I set the vents for around 300 degrees and put the Tri Tip back on the grill.  Here it is after about 30 minutes
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    It took about 30 more minutes to get to 140 degrees when I pulled it, wrapped it in foil and left it for 10 minutes before slicing
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    It was juicy, full of flavor, and fairly tender.  I might try cooking it a little less next time and give my wife's serving a short nuke to make it more to her taste.
    Barry Lancaster, PA
  • Great thread for tri-tip availability. They are out there if you are willing to go the extra mile like you did. I would love to get a case of them, never did that. And I didn't know Tasty Licks carried any meat either, I was just there 2 weeks ago. He certainly has everything else though. Nice cook Shiff, I like to pull mine at 125-130, I like 'em rare.
    Cherry Hill, NJ
  • ShiffShiff Posts: 1,056
    I haven't been to Fred's lately - they didn't carry any meat at my last visit.  Does anyone know what Fred charges for Tri Tips?

    I'll be picking some up at Stauffer's today and will compare them to the ones I got at Shady Maple earlier this week.

    Luckily our new freezer arrives tomorrow.
    Barry Lancaster, PA
  • DMWDMW Posts: 3,277
    Shiff said:
    I haven't been to Fred's lately - they didn't carry any meat at my last visit.  Does anyone know what Fred charges for Tri Tips?

    I'll be picking some up at Stauffer's today and will compare them to the ones I got at Shady Maple earlier this week.

    Luckily our new freezer arrives tomorrow.
    Fred's were $5.99 this summer. Not sure if it's seasonal or not. I didn't see them out anywhere, just a sign that said we now have Tri-Tip, $5.99/lb. I'll bet they keep them in a cooler in the back.
  • ShiffShiff Posts: 1,056
    I just got back from my Stauffers market where I went to pick up the Tri Tip I had ordered so I could compare it to the ones I got from Shady Maple.

    The meat manager said he was getting in around 15 pounds of Tri Tip and they were being held in the back until I arrived.

    When I got there, I gave my name and he brought out the box.  The cryovac was opened and there were not as many as he said.  Also, they were CUT in half. The butcher said they came in thay way. I asked why the package was opened and low in number. He said that someone came in and said they were part of my 'group buy' and took his.  I have no idea who this is because I wasn't doing a group buy.  No one else was buying these but me.  The only place I mentioned that I was getting some from Stauffers was right here on this forum.  Did someone from here misrepresent themselves?

    The Tri Tips were fully trimmed and cost $5.99/pound.  Since they were cut, I'm not 100% sure they really are Tri Tips but I trust my butcher enough to assume that part was wrong.

    I guess from now on I'll buy them from Shady Maple.
    Barry Lancaster, PA
  • jaydub58jaydub58 Posts: 1,162

    Sounds like a lot of well-placed effort for some  great cooks.

    Ah, the joy of living "out here', where we just stop by the closest grocery store to pick up some tri-tip! 

    :D
    John in the Willamette Valley of Oregon
  • Shiff said:
    I just got back from my Stauffers market where I went to pick up the Tri Tip I had ordered so I could compare it to the ones I got from Shady Maple.

    The meat manager said he was getting in around 15 pounds of Tri Tip and they were being held in the back until I arrived.

    When I got there, I gave my name and he brought out the box.  The cryovac was opened and there were not as many as he said.  Also, they were CUT in half. The butcher said they came in thay way. I asked why the package was opened and low in number. He said that someone came in and said they were part of my 'group buy' and took his.  I have no idea who this is because I wasn't doing a group buy.  No one else was buying these but me.  The only place I mentioned that I was getting some from Stauffers was right here on this forum.  Did someone from here misrepresent themselves?

    The Tri Tips were fully trimmed and cost $5.99/pound.  Since they were cut, I'm not 100% sure they really are Tri Tips but I trust my butcher enough to assume that part was wrong.

    I guess from now on I'll buy them from Shady Maple.
    Thats shady.  Further they cut them in half? Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.
  • billyraybillyray Posts: 1,114
    edited November 2013
    jaydub58 said:

    Sounds like a lot of well-placed effort for some  great cooks.

    Ah, the joy of living "out here', where we just stop by the closest grocery store to pick up some tri-tip! 

    :D
    @ jaydub58   Are you familiar with Emerson Vineyards in Monmouth. The owners are old high school friends of ours?
    Felton, Ca. 2-LBGE, 1-Small and waiting on a mini
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