How to Make Smoked Tri-Tip

A delicious and juicy reverse-seared steak! This smoked tri-tip is sure to become one of your favorites.


  • 3 to 5 lb tri-tip
  • Salt and pepper mixture (about 1/8 cup of each)


  1. Preheat your smoker to 225°F (107°C) for 15 minutes.
  2. Make your salt and pepper mixture and season all sides of meat with a heavy coat of it.
  3. Smoke your tri-tip until it reaches the internal temperature of 130°F (54°C) (about 60-90 minutes). You can use pecan bisquettes.
  4. When it reaches this temperature, remove it from the smoker and wrap in foil.

Now you have two options to finish the preparation:

  1. Slice the tri-tip into steaks, and sear them on the grill, allowing to rest before serving.
  2. Or preheat your grill to 500°F (260°C) for about 15 minutes. Wrap the meat in foil and place it on the grill until it reaches the desired internal temperature.