One of the easiest ways to smoke a tri-tip roast is by using a pellet grill to do the job. This pellet smoked beef tri-tip is easy, delicious, and requires about 2 hours of your time.Jump to Recipe
If you are unfamiliar with this cut of meat, it is also known as a triangle roast. Used in Santa Maria Barbecue, this cut of beef lends itself well to simple and complex flavor profiles. For this Pellet Smoked Beef Tri-Tip recipe, we are using a more complex spice blend. However, you can use a simple salt and black pepper rub and serve with a Board Dressing for Beef or chimichurri sauce. This tri-tip roast is slow-smoked and then pulled right as it reaches the optimal internal temperature of 130 degrees F. The result will be a deeply rich, perfectly smoked beef roast.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
- A 4-pound beef tri-tip roast. Check your local grocery store or specialty butcher for the correct size.
- Rub ingredients listed in this recipe, OR your favorite beef rub.
- A good meat thermometer if your unit does not already have a temperature probe.
- I recommend cooking this roast between 200-225 degrees F., for 90 minutes to 2 hours. The internal temperature should be around 130 degrees F.
- If you’d like to sear the smoked tri-tip, remove it after it reaches between 125-130 degrees F., increase your pellet grill temperature to 500 degrees F., and when ready, place the roast back into the cooker. Let the surface sear for 3-4 minutes per side. Remove it from the grill and let it rest for 8-10 minutes before carving.
Use your pellet grill for the whole meal! Serve your Pellet Smoked Beef Tri-Tip with these items:
- Appetizer: Smoked Cream Cheese
- Side dish: Pellet Grill Funeral Potatoes
- Dessert: Pellet Grill S’mores Cake
Pellet Smoked Beef Tri-Tip
- 1 tri-tip roast about 4 pounds
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika
- 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon dry mustard powder
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Place the tri-tip roast onto a cutting board. Trim off any excess fat on the surface.
- Combine rub ingredients and apply onto both sides of the roast making sure to coat well. Let roast stand at room temperature until the smoker is ready.
- While meat is resting, it’s time to fire up your pellet grill. Aim for a steady temperature between 225-250 degrees F.
- Place roast into the smoker and insert temperature probe in the thickest part of the meat. Close the lid and let it go for about 2 hours or until the internal temperature reaches 130 degrees F.
- Remove tri-tip from pellet smoker and transfer onto a clean cutting board. Loosely tent with aluminum foil. Let meat rest for 8-10 minutes before carving.
Try some of our other pellet grill recipes:
- Pellet Cooked New York Strip Steaks
- Pellet Grilled Old Bay Chicken Wings
- The Best Pellet Grill Burger
- Pellet Roasted Leg of Lamb
- Chuck Roast on a Pellet Smoker
- Pellet Cowboy Steak
- Holiday Rib Roast on a Pellet Grill
- Pellet Grill Pork Ribs
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