Portage County, Oh. looking for Tri Tip
MSP hound will be cooking for a crowd at the end of November, whilst visiting the parents in Portage County. Don't know my sources, there, and I am looking for a butcher/grocer that can sell me a nice Tri Tip to be smoke-cooked on the grill that I coerced the parents into buying.
Suggestions are most welcome.
Reporting back, I'll say that I got a couple of nice tri tips from Kirbie's Family Meats at Fishcreek and Graham Roads in Stow. Good store with a genial and helpful staff that loves what they are selling. They make some nice sausages, too.
Gave them a rub, smoked them slowly in hickory with a bath of red wine (and a little root beer, later in the process), and collected accolades.
Ravenna, Ohio Giant Eagle meat department told me that they could get tri tip, but didn't stock it, and could not price it without input from a manager.
As always, thanks for the help
Ajs, I assume that you are referring to Portage county in N-E Ohio. I live on the other side of Akron, but I am familiar with the local food scene and suppliers. DeViti's market on Tallmadge Rd in north Akron has great meat, as does the West Point Market, but tri-tip is a very common cut in the area. Acme is the local mega grocer, and I never had a problem with their meat dept. I don't know how many of their stores have a in-house butcher, but I know that they do have a staff that is willing and and able to do custom cuts if given 24 hours. Giant Eagle is the other large regional grocery chain, and I have commonly found tri-tip in their meat case.