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Mustard Balsamic Tri-Tip Fork

Mustard Balsamic Tri-Tip

  • Author: Lauren Kenson | Free Your Fork
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 6 hours 30 mins
  • Total Time: 6 hours 35 mins
  • Yield: 4 cups 1x
  • Category: Main Dishes
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: American


Healthy recipe for tender shredded Mustard Balsamic Tri-Tip. This recipe is meal-prep friendly and gluten-free. Takes just 5 min to prepare + then you can let the slow cooker do the rest!


  • 2 lbs Tri-Tip
  • 2 large shallots (1/2” slices)*
  • 1 tbs extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ tbs dried rosemary
  • 1/4 c balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ c spicy brown mustard
  • 3 tbs cherry jam**
  • ¼ tsp red pepper flakes
  • 4 whole garlic cloves (peeled and lightly smashed)
  • salt
  • black pepper


  1. PREPARE THE CROCKPOT: Rub olive oil into bottom of the crockpot and a few inches up the sides, greasing sections where the meat will be in contact with the pot. Lay out the shallot slices along the bottom. Lay the Tri-Tip on top of shallots. Sprinkle the top of the meat with salt, pepper, and the dried rosemary.
  2. MAKE THE COOKING MARINADE: Combine balsamic vinegar, mustard, and jelly in a small bowl. Mix until combined. Pour marinade over meat. Lay garlic cloves on top and add a few shakes of red pepper flakes.
  3. TURN ON CROCKPOT: Cover and cook on low for 6 1/2 hours. Remove from pot and shred between two forks. For best flavor and to ensure meat is not dry, drizzle about ¼ – 1/3 cup of remaining cooking liquid from the pot on top of the cooked meat.


*Can substitute half of one large onion instead

*Can substitute another dark fruit jelly/ jam/ preserves – like blueberry, raspberry, blackberry, or plum