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A platter of smoked tri tip served with vegetables.

Smoked Tri Tip

This smoked tri tip is a tender beef roast coated in homemade spice rub, then slow smoked to perfection. An easy and impressive main course that's great for feeding a crowd!
Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 305kcal
Author Sara Welch


  • 2-3 pounds tri tip roast excess fat and silverskin trimmed away
  • 1/3 cup BBQ rub homemade or store bought


  • Preheat a smoker to 225 degrees F.
  • Coat both sides of the meat with the BBQ rub.
  • Insert a thermometer into the thickest part of the meat, then place the meat in the smoker.
  • Cook the meat for approximately 30 minutes per pound, or until a thermometer registers 135 degrees F. Preheat the oven broiler.
  • Remove the meat from the smoker. Broil the meat for 5-6 minutes or until a browned crust develops.
  • Wrap the tri tip in foil. Let the meat rest for 20 minutes.
  • Remove the meat from the foil. Slice the meat thinly against the grain, then serve.



  1. If you're using a store bought BBQ rub, check the ingredient list to make sure it contains salt. If it does not have salt, you'll want to season the meat with 1 teaspoon of kosher salt.
  2. This meat is best when served immediately. Leftovers will stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.


Calories: 305kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 118mg | Sodium: 534mg | Potassium: 485mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 233IU | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 2mg