Cardiff Crack | Source: Shutterstock
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Cardiff Crack Recipe That Will Wow Your Taste Buds

Christell Fatima M. Tudtud
Mar 04, 2024
12:30 P.M.
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Introducing Cardiff Crack — a mouthwatering dish that's more than just food; it's an experience! Indulge in this culinary sensation with your loved ones using this recipe.

Cardiff Crack features tri-tip, a juicy cut of beef taken from the bottom sirloin primal cut. This triangular-shaped muscle, found near the rear of the cow, is marinated and infused with flavorful spices. Each bite bursts with flavor — tender, succulent, and delicious.

Brothers Pete and John Najjar, owners of Cardiff Crack by Seaside Market in California, created this irresistible dish. Though their market may be distant, you can still recreate this dish at home! Simply follow this Cardiff Crack recipe.

Cardiff Crack | Source: Shutterstock

Cardiff Crack | Source: Shutterstock

Cardiff Crack Recipe


  • 2 cups red wine
  • 3 pounds beef tri-tips (trimmed and cleaned)
  • 3 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1 teaspoon honey


  1. Combine red wine, minced garlic, olive oil, soy sauce, black pepper, paprika, mustard powder, and honey in a large Ziploc bag. Seal the bag and shake until well combined.
  2. Marinate the tri-tip and refrigerate for six to eight hours, or overnight. Ensure the marination process does not exceed 24 hours.
  3. Preheat your grill to high heat on one side and low heat on the other.
  4. Discard the marinade and place the tri-tip over the hot grill. Sear both sides for one to two minutes.
  5. Grill for 10-15 minutes per side, or until a thermometer registers your desired temperature (140°F for medium-rare).
  6. Remove the tri-tip from the grill, cover it loosely with foil, and let it rest for 15-20 minutes before slicing against the grain for maximum tenderness.
  7. Serve and enjoy!

Few Tips to Remember:

1. Serve colorful roasted vegetables, creamy garlic mashed potatoes, crisp garden salad, grilled asparagus, or baked mac and cheese with Cardiff Crack.

2. For any leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the fridge to preserve their flavors.

3. When reheating, handle with care to ensure they remain tender and flavorful.

From its juicy tri-tip base to its burst of flavorful spices, every aspect of the Cardiff Crack recipe is designed to captivate and delight.

If you're looking to recreate another equally savory dish for dinner, why not sample the Slumgullion recipe at home? Happy cooking!

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