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Reverse Seared Smoked Tri-Tip

Let me start with the fact that I love tri-tip beef roast and I cook it this way all the time. It’s the most requested bbq item from my 2 boys. I’ll share my favorite way to cook tri-tip and my two favorite ways to eat it.


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By Brent Doud


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Reverse Seared Smoked Tri-Tip

Let’s break that down. First, we smoke the Tri-Tip and then we sear it. That’s why it is called a REVERSE SEAR because we sear it at the end of the cooking process. This is by far my favorite way to cook a tri-tip. This cooking method gives the beef that smokey flavor from the pellet grill AND that seared crust that we all love.


  • A1 Sauce
  • Kinder’s “The Blend” (Salt, Pepper and Garlic seasoning).

How To Season a Tri-Tip

I stick with simple ingredients for this tri-tip recipe. First I coat the tri-tip roast in A1 Sauce. This is used as both a marinade and a binder for the Salt, Pepper and Garlic seasoning. I will put the tri-tip into a ziplock bag with the A1 sauce for about an hour to let it marinade. Next, I dump on the Salt, Pepper, and Garlic seasoning. Don’t be shy… be sure to rub or pat the seasoning onto the meat so it sticks. I told you this tri-tip was simple.

How To Smoke the Tri-Tip

I fired up my Camp Chef Woodwind Pro pellet grill with some Bear Mountain Savory Wood Pellets. I set the temperature to 180 with a smoke level of 8. I am using the temperate probe on my Camp Chef pellet grill to track the internal temperature. I want the internal temp to hit 115 at the meats thickest part. This should take just over an hour for the tri-tip to get to 115 degrees.

Let It Rest For the First Time

Once the internal temperature of your tri-tip hits 115 degrees on your pellet grill or smoker, pull it and let it rest for about 30 minutes. I let it rest so the internal temperature can drop back down before I crank up the heat and sear the outside of that smoked tri-tip.

Reverse Seared Tri-Tip

Now it’s time to put that beautiful crust on the outside of the tri-tip. I am going to do this by turning my gas grill on high heat and letting it get as hot as possible. For my gas grill that temperature is upwards of 500 degrees. Sear both sides of the tri-tip for 2-3 minutes per side and pull them when your temperature hits its target. My target temp is 130. This is cooked, but still pink and juicy in the middle. I used my Thermoworks Termapen ONE instant-read thermometer to check the temperature in the thickest part of the tri-tip.

Let it Rest Again

I typically let my tri-tip rest for at least 15-20 minutes before cutting. This will allow it to cool down a bit and absorb some of the juices back into the meat.

Cutting a Tri-Tip

I always cut my tri-tip against the grain. It’s nice if you have a cutting board with a juice groove. Tri Tips can be very juicey and a juice groove will keep the juices off the counter. This makes the meat easier to eat. I start by cutting the meat in half long ways and then I cut thin slices off the end. Here is a photo showing how I cut against the grain on my tri-tips.

Tri-Tip Sandwiches

You guessed it! My favorite way to eat Tri-Tip is to cut it thin and have it on a sandwich. I like my tri-tip sandwich on a toasted ciabatta bun with some of my favorite BBQ sauce.

Tri-Tip with Chimichurri Sauce

If I want to step it up a bit from the tri-tip sandwich, I like to slice my Tri-Tip sliced thin and then drizzle it with some of my homemade chimichurri sauce or even some compound herb butter. This is a great way to elevate your Tri-Tip beef roast!

Cutting Tri Tip against the grain

Reverse Seared Smoked Tri-Tip

5 from 1 vote
Author: Brent Doud
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: BBQ
Keywords: reverse sear tri tip steak,smoked tri tip,tri-tip
Servings: 5 people
This is how I make reverse seared smoked Tri-Tip. It's a wonderful way to cook your tri-tip. You will get that smokey flavor with a seared crust and the ability to keep the center of the tri-tip moist and juicy.
Prep Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 2 hours



  • Rub the Tri-Tip roast with A1 Sauce for a binder and let it marinade in a zip lock bag for about an hour.
    Tri-Tip using A1 sauce as the marinade and binder
  • Generously coat both sides of the tri-tip roast with Kinder's "The Blend" witch is Salt, Pepper & Garlic seasoning.
    Tri-Tip roast with Kinder's The Blend (Salt, Pepper & Garlic) seasoning
  • Place the tri-tip on your smoker at 180 degrees until the internal temperature reaches 115 degrees. Now let it rest for 30 minutes.
    Tri-Tip roast smoking on a pellet grill
  • Move the tri-tip to a HOT grill and sear each side for 2-3 minutes. My grill was upwards of 500 degrees.
    Reverse Searing a Tri-Tip on a hot grill
  • Continue to sear the tri-tip until the internal temperature is 130 degrees.
    Reverse Seared Tri Tip cooked to 130 degrees
  • Let the tri-tip rest for 15-20 minutes before cutting it.
  • Cut the tri-tip against the grain. Be sure to use a cutting board with a good juice groove since these tri-tip tend to be juicy.
    Cutting Tri Tip against the grain
  • Serve it just like this, or I put it on a toasted chibata roll with some Kinder's BBQ sauce for a great tri-tip sandwich.
    Tri-Tip Sandwich


Calories: 307kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 38gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 118mgSodium: 3276mgPotassium: 657mgFiber: 0.4gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 70IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 50mgIron: 3mg

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  1. Our family likes looking for new recipes to cook or grill. The Reverse Seared Smoked Tri-Tip could turn out to be our favorite here. And there’s so many other delicious grilling recipes to try. Thanks for sharing!

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