I was on vacation in Lake Tahoe the first time I tasted Ikedas California Country Market's pre-marinated tri-tip. It was deliciously flavored, extremely tender and juicy and left me wanting more.
I've been an Ikedas tri-tip junkie ever since, trekking to the Davis store (there's also an Ikedas in Auburn, off Interstate 80) to get my fix.
The store sells a tri-tip made with Ikedas seasoning, as well as one with Ikedas marinade. The seasoned tri-tip is slightly spicy, while the marinated tri-tip has a touch of sweetness to it that makes the flavor dance in your mouth.
I cook my 2 1/2 pound Ikedas seasoned tri-tip this weekend over medium heat on the grill for about 45 minutes, which, after resting for about 15 minutes, resulted in the meat being cooked to medium.
Served alongside grilled white corn and a tangy and sweet summer salad, it made for a beautiful, simple summer meal (the recipe for my salad is posted on my blog).
Ikedas has two locations: 3500 Lincoln Way, Auburn and 26295 Mace Blvd., Davis. The store also carries locally grown produce, exceptional pies and other goodies.