The economical tri tip cut may not be the most popular beef cut, but that doesn’t make it any less delicious. Those willing to head off the beaten path will be rewarded with a more affordable roasting cut from the bottom sirloin.
Wagyu beef (commonly known as "kobe beef", aka Australian Kobe beef or Kobe-style beef) is from a breed of cattle specially raised to increase its percentage of fat marbling to consistently high levels. More marbling leads to more flavor, tenderness, and moisture as the fat melts during the cooking process. Thus, wagyu tri-tips are both more flavorful and more tender than those cut from conventional beef.
If Kobe Grade 3 seems low, keep in mind that the scale was designed with more expensive Kobe steaks like Kobe ribeye steaks and Kobe NY strip steaks in mind, meaning that it’s actually a good grade for the less marbled tri-tip cut.