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Easy Smoked Tri-Tip

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Now that we have been using our smoker, I think this easy smoked tri-tip is a favorite of ours. So simple and cooks fairly quickly for a smoking recipe. Ready in just over 2 hours.

For this recipe you need an all-purpose rub. You can use your favorite but we have been using The Gospel all-purpose rub from Meat Church BBQ. My husband received this rub as a birthday gift from a fellow experienced smoker.

I have seen this available for purchase at the well-known chain hardware stores like Lowe’s, Home Depot, and Ace. You can get it off Amazon, but it is a little pricier. However, it may be worth is to save you time and gas to just get it from there.

Easy Smoked Tri-Tip
Easy Smoked Tri-Tip | realmomkitchen.com

Next thing I do is mix in some salt and pepper with that rub. I use 1 Tbsp of kosher salt and about 1 tsp of black pepper.

If you like more pepper, you can increase the amount. However, my family isn’t particularly fond of pepper. The 1 tsp was plenty for us.

Once you mix those seasonings, it’s time to get your tri-tip. You want one that’s about 2-3 pounds for this amount of seasoning. I just get my tri-tip from Costco.

We cook one and freeze the other one to cook another time. This is no issue because we know we will use it soon since we love this recipe so much. I have made it for my family twice and it got rave reviews.

Easy Smoked Tri-Tip | realmomkitchen.com

Now you take that seasoning mix and give its a complete covering with the seasoning mix. You want every spot on that tri-tip to have that seasoning on it. Then you need to let it rest for at least 30 minutes.

You can place it back in the fridge for up to 24 hours. That will give you even more flavor.

However, the 30 minutes has produced excellent results for us. We also used hickory pellets for this one. However, I genuinely believe any pellet that’s good for beef will still taste excellent.

Here is what you need to make the
Easy Smoked Tri-tip

Easy Smoked Tri-Tip

Easy Smoked Tri-Tip

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Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Course Beef
Cuisine American
Servings 4 -6 servings
Calories 382 kcal


  • 2 Tbsp all-purpose rub I use The Gospel from Meat Church
  • 1 Tbsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 2-3 lb Tri-tip


  • In a small bowl, combine the all-purpose rub, kosher salt, and pepper.
  • Sprinkle the mixture over both side of the tri-tip and lightly rub in. Allow the meat to sit now for 30 minutes.
  • Preheat pellet smoker to 165 degrees. First, let the tri-tip rest for 30 minutes.
  • Then, preheat the smoker. Next, place the tri-tip on the rack. Finally, insert the meat probe into the thickest part of the meat.
  • Cook for about 1 hour or until internal temperature reaches 110 degrees. Then increase the temperature on the smoker to 475 degrees.
  • Smoke the meat until the internal temperature reaches 125 degrees. This can happen quickly or it could take up to 30 minutes. The smoker might not even reach 475 degrees before it cooks the meat.
  • Remove the meat from the smoker and allow to rest for 10-15 minutes. Then slice against the grain and serve.


Serving: 1 serving | Calories: 382kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 47g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 150mg | Sodium: 1863mg | Potassium: 740mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 0.1g | Vitamin A: 55IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 80mg | Iron: 4mg
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Recipe is adapted from Frugal Mom Eh!

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