Welcome to the first in many recipes that I will be posting. There are many BBQ tri tip recipes out there but this is one I have had some good success with.
So to begin, what is a Tri-tip?
It is a triangle shaped roast or steak cut from the bottom sirloin. It is a very flavorful cut that is lean and tender and you will sometimes see this used to create steak tips. It is sometimes known as a Santa Maria steak as the cut became a specialty in Santa Maria, CA. A tri-tip can be grilled or roasted but my favorite method is to smoke it and then sear it at the end to give it that nice finish.
You will find many different recipes out there. Here is my method for a 3 – 5 lb tri-tip
Heat your smoker to 225 F.
Apply rub to your tri-tip – I will either use a salt/pepper mixture of about 1/8 cup of each or one of the commercial rubs like Meat Church Holy Cow or Montreal Steak seasoning.
Smoke until internal temp reaches 130 F. Pull off the smoker and either transfer to a grill (my method) or increase your smoker temp to 450 – 500 deg F.
Sear for 3-4 minutes on each side.
Remove, let rest for 15 minutes or so.
Slice against the grain and serve.
This is a great cut of meat to start your smoking journey with. I find it pretty simple to prepare and my family loves it. I hope you enjoy!