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Pellet Smoked Beef Tri-Tip

Pellet Smoked Beef Tri-Tip

There is nothing better than a smoked tri-tip roast. 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 both simple and complex flavor profiles. For this Pellet Smoked Beef Tri-Tip recipe, we are using a more complex spice blend. This roast is slow-smoked and then pulled right as it reaches the optimal internal temperature. The result will be a deeply rich, perfectly smoked beef roast.
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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American BBQ
Keyword: tri-tip
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 20kcal
Author: Derrick Riches



  • Place the tri-tip roast onto a cutting board. Trim off any excess fat on the surface.
  • Coat with mustard or your favorite binder.
    Combine rub ingredients and apply evenly onto the roast.
    Let roast stand at room temperature until the smoker is ready.
  • Preheat your pellet smoker. Aim for a cooking temperature between 225-250 degrees F.
  • Place roast into the smoker, close the lid and let it go for about 2 hours or until it reaches an internal temperature of 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 10 minutes before carving.
  • If you'd like to reverse sear the roast. Remove it from your pellet grill once it reaches 125 degrees F at the thickest part of the roast.
    Crank the heat up to 500 degrees. Once up to temp, place the roast back on the grill and sear each side for 3 minutes, or until a nice crust forms.
  • Carve roast after it has rested and serve with board dressing.
  • Store leftover tri-tip in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 4 days. Reheat in a skillet on your stove top. They also make a great addition to tacos and nachos!


Calories: 20kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 586mg | Potassium: 32mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 366IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg