This recipe for Traeger Smoked Tri Tip is unbelievably amazing! This is due to the fact that the tri tip is expertly seasoned with my homemade Santa Maria Seasoning before being smoked for between 2 and 3 hours, depending on size.
My husband and son once decided to enjoy the ultimate bachelor dinner—smoked tri-tip without the sides—while I was out of town. That’s right, only meat, no buns or vegetables! Scotty texted me the photo below before they chowed down on the tri-tip, and Scott contacted me later to fill me in on the details of their incredible meal. Yes, they consumed the entire item!
They used my Santa Maria seasoning, but doubled the cayenne pepper, so it was significantly different. I’ll let you choose whether to follow my original recipe or modify it. Alternatively, if you don’t like spice, omit the cayenne pepper while making the rub. I made the decision to attempt their Traeger Tri-Tip recipe this Easter. They did a fantastic job, I have to say. Well done, lads!
Why This Recipe Is Effective
This Traeger Tri-Tip dish is one of my favorites because it takes much less time to prepare than other smoker recipes. As I do with my Traeger Smoked Brisket recipe, I don’t have to stay up all night basting the meat with apple juice every hour on the hour.
Smoked tri-tip does not necessitate sixteen hours of smoking. The only things you actually need are a nice rub, a Traeger (or another pellet grill), and around three hours.
This recipe for smoked tri-tip has a satisfyingly spicy kick and a lot of smoke flavor. Additionally, the shorter cooking time guarantees that the meat will keep all of its delicious juices.
Let’s not even talk about the leftovers! You can use leftover smoked tri-tip to make mouthwatering Tri-Tip Sandwiches (or sliders) or to fill a Chile Relleno. Additionally, you could fill empanadas with shredded tri-tip and barbecue sauce, but don’t forget the cheese! requisites for this recipe
Ingredients And Alterations For Recipes
Tri-Tip: To make this recipe, you’ll need a 3–5 lb beef tri-tip. I smoked a 3 pound tri-tip, which took slightly longer than 2 hours.
Seasoning: To season the tri-tip, I used my Santa Maria Dry Rub. It features the ideal combination of herbs and spices, including rosemary, paprika, cayenne, garlic powder, onion powder, and black pepper. You can use another preferred dry rub if you choose. Optional: Before seasoning or searing the roast, brush it with olive oil. Another choice is to sear the beef on the stovetop or grill in hot cast iron skillet with melted unsalted butter.
How To Prepare This Recipe For Traeger Tri-Tip
Step 1: Apply my Santa Maria Tri-Tip Rub or your preferred rub liberally to the tri-tip. Double the cayenne pepper if you like. The roast should be chilled overnight or for a few hours after being placed in a ziplock bag (or wrapped in plastic).
PRO TIP: I chose not to remove the tri-tip’s extra fat. However, if you’d prefer, you can cut it or remove it after the tri-tip has been smoked.
Step 2: The tri-tip should be warmed to room temperature. your Traeger grill to 225 degrees Fahrenheit. Whenever you have the chance, use super smoke. Place a probe into the thickest section of a tri-tip roast that has been seasoned and placed immediately on the grill. 135° F should be the probe temperature. Remove the tri-tip from the grill and wrap it in foil when the interior temperature reaches 135 degrees Fahrenheit.
PRO TIP: Smoking the tri-tip should take about 2 to 2.5 hours.
Step 3: Increase the Traeger’s heat to 450° F. Depending on how well done you want the tri-tip to be, place it back on the grill when it’s ready and sear it for 3 to 5 minutes on each side.
PRO TIP: To ensure that the roast stays juicy and tender, use a meat thermometer to check the temperature. Do not smoke it above 145° F.
Step 4: To help the fluids evenly flow throughout the meat, let the smoked tri-tip rest, covered, for 10 to 15 minutes. Slice the meat thinly against the grain before serving.
Serving Options For Smoked Tri-Tip
Serve smoked tri-tip with creamy Greek pasta salad, Traeger smoked potatoes, Chipotle smoked mac and cheese, or a nutritious broccoli salad.
Here are some low-carb vegetables from Zuzana of LowCarb-NoCarb.com that you may use as a side dish alternative if you’re seeking for low-carb side dish inspiration!