Quick & Easy Smoked Tri-Tip Steak

It's easy to fall in love with the hindquarter muscle known as the Tri-Tip. Unlike a brisket which takes hours of smoking to break down, the tri-tip is best cooked to a medium rare, like a steak, and is ready in under 2hrs.  It takes a little more to chew than a traditional strip or tenderloin, but delivers a whole lot of flavor.

Triangular in shape, it also lends itself to being smoked whole, and sliced.  Perfect alone and great on sandwiches.

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 1-2 hrs *depending on size


  • 2-3 Lbs Tri-Tip trimmed
  • 3 Tbsp Coffee Spice BBQ Rub
  • Olive Oil


  1. Lightly coat the tri-tip with olive oil then rub with Coffee Spice BBQ Rub to completely cover the meat.  
  2. Start your grill and set temp to 225o.   When up to temp, place the Tri-Tip on the center of the grill and close the lid.  
  3. Slow cook the tri-tip to approx. 115 degrees then increase the temperature of the grill to 350.  
  4. Continue to cook until reaching the desired internal temperature.  I recommend 130 for a nice medium rare.
  5. Remove from the grill, tent with foil and let’s sit for 15 minutes.  Remove foil, slice and serve.

Pairs well with the following Bear Mountain Premium BBQ Pellets, and a delicious, smooth bourbon.

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