Grilled Tri-tip with Cuban Mojo Sauce
Tip from Margo True, Food Editor: Play with your fire. After years of living in the East, where tri-tip is as common as zebra, I'd lost my tri-tip grilling savvy, especially over charcoal. On my first attempt, the coals, perfect at first, dwindled fast, and the meat took ages to cook. Next I tried grooved coals that burned as hot as a blowtorch. Then I remembered: Play with the fire to get the right heat. I created a coal-free zone to give me medium heat, and moved the tri-tip there. Later, I pushed it back, chasing medium. At the end, I let the breeze fan the coals into a final burst. Cooking over live fire is like driving a stick shift. It feels good to be back in gear. Prep and Cook Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes. Notes: Find sour or bitter oranges (aka Seville oranges) at Latino markets.