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Smoked Tri Tip Roast on a cutting board

Smoked Tri Tip Recipe

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Smoked Tri Tip
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Resting time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 25 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 366kcal
Cost: $10
You can smoke a tri tip roast in about 1 to 2 hours using indirect heat and some wood chips. Here's how.
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  • 1 2lb Beef Tri Tip Roast
  • 2 tablespoons Kosher Salt
  • 1 tablespoon Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon Black Pepper
  • 1/4 tablespoon Onion Powder


  • Preheat your grill or smoker to anywhere between 225 and 275 degrees Fahrenheit. Remember, the lower the temp, the longer the smoke.
  • Set up your meat thermometer by your grill or smoker with one probe set up to track your smoking chamber temperature.
  • Trim the tri tip of any extra fat and season the tri tip with all of the seasonings.
  • Before adding tri tip to the grill or smoker, add desired amount of wood chips or chunks to the fire for smoking. If using gas grill, use an aluminum foil wood chip packet for smoking.
  • Place your tri tip on your smoker or grill as far from the heat as you can. Smoke it at a temperature anywhere between 225 and 275 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Smoke your tri tip until it reaches your desired doneness. 128 to 130 degrees Fahrenheit is a perfect medium-rare. Sear the outside on both sides over high heat for one to two minutes.
  • Tent the tri tip with foil and let it rest for 10 minutes.
  • Slice across the grain and serve.


Serving: 8oz | Calories: 366kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 47g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 147mg | Sodium: 3610mg | Potassium: 767mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 4IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 4mg