Smoked Tri-Tip

Smoked Tri-Tip

The tri-tip, named after its triangular shape, is a great alternative to brisket which takes a long time to cook. This cut of meat can be smoked whole and enjoyed at a medium-rare cook. You’ll be surprised (and impressed) with the amount of flavor this smoked tri-tip recipe gives your meat!

How to make Smoked Tri-Tip

Below is everything you’ll need to know to make the perfect Smoked Tri-Tip on your pellet grill, offset, or charcoal smoker. Like how this one turns out? Let us know in the comments!

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 2-3 hours
  • Total Time: 2-3 hours
  • Cook Temperature: 180ºF and 450ºF
  • Finished Temperature: 145ºF
  • Wood Flavor: Oak
  • Servings: 4 people

Required Tools

  • Your preference of smoker (I recommend a pellet smoker)
  • Commercial grade tinfoil
  • Temperature probe



  1. Start your smoker, grab your pellets, and get the temperature stable at 180ºF.
  2. Season the tri-tip roast with the espresso rub.
  3. Place the roast directly on the grill and smoke until the internal temperature is 140ºF.
  4. Increase the temperature to 450ºF and continue to smoke the tri-tip roast until it reaches 145ºF.
  5. Remove the tri-tip from the grill and let rest for 10 to 15 minutes.

BBQ Hero Tip: Use a marinade injector to infuse your tri-tip with your favorite marinade for even more juiciness and flavor!

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