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Smoked Tri Tips: Two Steak Rubs That Will Make You Happy

Smoking a Tri Tip roast is an incredibly affordable way to enjoy a delicious steak that will feed a crowd.

Today I am going to show you how I smoke tri tips and give you two dry rub recipes that are pretty freaking awesome.


I smoked these tri tips using the Slow N Sear for indirect high heat.

Don’t worry if you don’t have a Slow N can also use a standard charcoal basket to keep the charcoal banked to one side of the grill.

Smoked Tri Tip Dry Rub #1: Coffee and Chile

Pulse ingredients in a coffee grinder until smooth.

Liberally apply the dry rub to the tri tip and let it rest in the refrigerator overnight.

This steak rub has a bold and assertive flavor profile. If you want to give your steak some real bite then you can up the black pepper to 1 full tablespoon.

I let my Weber kettle reach a temperature of about 300F an the indirect side of the grate before adding two small chunks of hickory.

Don’t worry about the exact temperature of your grill.  You can go colder or hotter.

It is more important to use a thermometer and measure the internal temperature of the tri tip.

Smoke the tri tip until an internal temperature of 130-135F is reached.

This cook took 40 minutes. It will probably be different for you…use a thermometer.

This dry rub gives a dark and bold crust.

Here is how the smoked tri tip looks when sliced up.

Some folks don’t like their beef as rare as I do.

If that sounds like you that’s okay…smoke your tri tips until they hit 140-145F.

It’s all good.

Smoked Tri Tip Dry Rub #2: Classic Beef Blend

Liberally apply the dry rub to the tri tip and let it rest in the refrigerator overnight.

This is a classic brisket dry rub that works equally as well on tri tip.

The cook for this smoked tri tip was pretty much identical to the first one I showed you.

Again..the internal temperature of the meat is more important than the temperature of your kettle.

Here is how this tri tip looked when finished.

You can serve smoked tri tip a variety of ways.

One of my favorites is in Tri Tip Tacos.

A little lettuce, avocado, sour cream and salsa…yeah…that works!

Want more Tri Tip Ideas?  Then spend a few minutes watching this great tri tip video from the BBQ Pit Boys!


Now get out there and fire up your smoker!