Tri-tip is well known in California but harder to find outside of California, and makes a great slow cooked alternative to brisket.
Leaner than a brisket, it is a little trickier, but it gets a good smoke ring and can be done either medium rare or cooked until falling apart. Anything inbetween is a little tough. Also, I can get them in about a 2 to 3 pound cut Price is slightly higher than brisket, but I don't have to buy so much at a time. It is triangular, so I can cook one end more well done and the thick end is more rare. This make it a hit with those who like their meat a specific doneness.
The first meal we get from it is usually just sliced a little thick and served with potatoes or something.
Leftovers are added to a mixed green salad with red onions, blue cheese, dried cranberries and raspberry vinaigrette. Yum... I am drooling already.