Best Low Smoked Beef Tri Tip Recipe

smoked tri tip

For a long time I was planning on making a Low and Slow Smoked Tri Tip.

Recently I ordered one from Crowd Cow and now it was time to start cooking.

Since this was my first time smoking a tri tip I took my time and thought a long time about what seasoning to use.

I did not want the seasoning take too much away from the flavor of the meat so I kept it fairly light and did not used too many strong flavors.

Tri Tip Seasoning

  • 2 Tbsp Brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Salt
  • 1 Tbsp Pepper
  • 1 Tbsp Garlic powder
  • 1 Tsp Smoked paprika
  • 1 Tsp Cayenne pepper
  • 1 Tsp Onion powder

Prepping The Tri Tip

Since I bought my Tri Tip from Crowd Cow there was not much more prepping to do than cutting of a few very small pieces of fat.

Tip: Try to remember the way the grain in the meat runs. This makes it easier to slice the Tri Tip later.

tri tip seasoned

Smoking Tri Tip

Tri Tip is, in my opinion, a delicate cut of meat and this means that you have to pay a lot of attention on how to smoke this piece of beef.

it will get over cooked fast and that turns it into a hard to chew piece of meat. The reason for that is that it does not contain a lot of fat.

Set Up Smoker

This time I used my UDS smoker and added apple wood chunks.

I choose apple wood for the same reason I used a light seasoning and that is the delicate meat a Tri Tip is.

Smoker Temperature

I love to smoke low and slow on 225 °F (107°C) and think this is the perfect temperature to smoke Tri Tip.

Smoked Tri Tip Internal Temperature

This is a personal choice and it depends on how rare or done you like your Tri Tip.

Here are some temperatures you can use:

  1. 125°F ( °51C) for rare.
  2. 130°F ( °54C) for medium rare.
  3. 135°F ( °57C) for medium.
  4. 140°F ( °60C) for medium well.
  5. 150°F ( °65C)for well done.

I prefer medium rare to medium.

To keep your eye on the internal temperature the best thing to do is use a digital probe thermometer and insert the probe in the thickest part of the Tri Tip.

On average it takes about 30 minutes for each pound. My tri tip was about 3 pounds so I knew it would take about one and half hours. (90 minutes)

Tip: Start your smoker and give it time to stabilize at 225°F (°107C)

My goal was to smoke the Tri Tip to medium rare and than, since the temperature still rises, rest and let it come to medium.

tri Tip on smoker

After about 75 minutes and reaching an internal temperature of 130°F (54°C) I pulled the meat from the grill and wrapped it in aluminum foil to let it rest for 10 – 15 minutes.

After this I checked the internal temperature with my digital pocket thermometer and it read 133 °F (56°C) very close to the temperature I was aiming for.

Slicing Tri Tip

Now we come to a part that is even for more experienced cooks not easy to do.

I have been reading and watched videos about how to do this and that was the reason I gave you the tip at the beginning to try to remember the way the grain runs.

Tri Tip has to be cut against the grain! If you don’t cut it against the grain the meat is harder to chew.

I started cutting wrong first and realized that after a few slices and started cutting the right way.

tri tip sliced against the grain
smoked tri tip

Smoked Tri Tip

A low and slow smoked beef tri tip recipe with easy to follow steps.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 People
Calories 34 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 Smoker
  • 1 Spatula
  • 1 Shaker For Seasoning

Ingredients
  

  • 2 Tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Salt
  • 1 Tbsp Pepper
  • 1 Tbsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 Tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1 Tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 Tsp Onion Powder

Instructions
 

Prepping The Tri Tip

  • Have a good look at the trip.
  • Try to remember the way the grain is.
  • Remove excessive fat
  • Season Tri Tip with seasoning

Notes

smoked tri tip
For a long time I was planning on making a Low and Slow Smoked Tri Tip.
Recently I ordered one from Crowd Cow and now it was time to start cooking.
Since this was my first time smoking a tri tip I took my time and thought a long time about what seasoning to use.
I did not want the seasoning take too much away from the flavor of the meat so I kept it fairly light and did not used too many strong flavors.

Tri Tip Seasoning

  • 2 Tbsp Brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Salt
  • 1 Tbsp Pepper
  • 1 Tbsp Garlic powder
  • 1 Tsp Smoked paprika
  • 1 Tsp Cayenne pepper
  • 1 Tsp Onion powder

Prepping The Tri Tip

Since I bought my Tri Tip from Crowd Cow there was not much more prepping to do than cutting of a few very small pieces of fat.
Tip: Try to remember the way the grain in the meat runs. This makes it easier to slice the Tri Tip later.
tri tip seasoned

Smoking Tri Tip

Tri Tip is, in my opinion, a delicate cut of meat and this means that you have to pay a lot of attention on how to smoke this piece of beef.
it will get over cooked fast and that turns it into a hard to chew piece of meat. The reason for that is that it does not contain a lot of fat.

Set Up Smoker

This time I used my UDS smoker and added smoke apple wood chunks. I choose apple wood for the same reason I used a light seasoning and that is the delicate meat a Tri Tip is.

Smoker Temperature

I love to smoke low and slow on 225 °F (107°C) and think this is the perfect temperature to smoke Tri Tip.

Internal Temperature for Smoked Tri Tip

This is a personal choice and it depends on how rare or done you like your Tri Tip.
Here are some temperatures you can use:
  1. 125°F ( °51C) for rare.
  2. 130°F ( °54C) for medium rare.
  3. 135°F ( °57C) for medium.
  4. 140°F ( °60C) for medium well.
  5. 150°F ( °65C)for well done.
I prefer medium rare to medium.
To keep your eye on the internal temperature the best thing to do is use a digital probe thermometer and insert the probe in the thickest part of the Tri Tip.
On average it takes about 30 minutes for each pound. My tri tip was about 3 pounds so I knew it would take about one and half hours. (90 minutes)
Tip: Start your smoker and give it time to stabilize at 225°F (°107C)
My goal was to smoke the Tri Tip to medium rare and than, since the temperature still rises, rest and let it come to medium.
tri Tip on smoker
After reaching an internal temperature 130°F (54°C) I pulled the meat from the grill and wrapped it in aluminum foil to let it rest for 10 – 15 minutes.
After this I checked the internal temperature with my digital pocket thermometer and it read 133 °F (56°C) very clos to the temperature I was aiming for.

Slicing Tri Tip

Now we come to a part that is even for more experienced cooks not easy to do.
I have been reading and watched videos about how to do this and that was the reason I gave you the tip at the beginning to try to remember the way the grain runs.
Tri Tip has to be cut against the grain! If you don’t cut it against the grain the meat is harder to chew.
I started cutting wrong first and realized that after a few slices and started cutting the right way.
tri tip sliced against the grain
 

 

Nutrition

Serving: 4ouncesCalories: 34kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 1gFat: 0.2gSaturated Fat: 0.03gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.02gSodium: 3492mgPotassium: 59mgFiber: 1gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 454IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 13mgIron: 0.3mg
Keyword easy smoked tri tip recipe
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

Reversed Smoked Tri Tip

One thing I want to try next time is a reversed smoked tri tip. This means smoking the meat to a rare temperature and than finish it off on a hot grill and keep it there until you have reached medium or medium well.

Smoked Tri Tip – My Experience

This was my first  smoked Tri Tip but certainly not my last one. I was very happy with the way it turned out and how tender it was.

All I can see is that you have to pay attention to the temperature in the smoker and keep a sharp eye on the internal temperature.

You can go from medium rare to over cooked in a matter of minutes.

Although this is not a cheap cut of meat I can highly recommend it for you to try.

I am sure that if you follow my step by step guide here you will end up with the best slow smoked tri tip!

Eddie van Aken

Eddie van Aken has years of experience in running his full-service restaurant and with this came working with using and dealing with all types of kitchen equipment. With his experience, he can find all the pros and cons of grills and add them to the grill reviews and the outdoor cooking tips he is writing about. You can read more on the About page for Eddie van Aken

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating




Scroll to Top