Smoked three tri tips today and I must say they came out great....
Used yellow mustard and Henry's Mohave Garlic Pepper rub. Smoked at 225-240 to 140 degrees using red oak for smoke.
Thanks SB....out here in California we call tri tips "poor man's prime rib". It is definitely tender and tasty, especially when smoked slow and low. The only reason I bumped up to 240 degrees for the last half hour was because everyone was salivating around the smoker.
@Smokin' Gunny - Smoked them about 2-2 1/2 hours. All three were around 4 lbs. each. Pulled them when they hit 140 degrees. Smoker was steady at 225 'till the last 20-30 minutes and bumped them up to 240 to hurry them up a bit (the crowd was beginning to get restless). My experience is they come out a lot more tender and juicy at 225 than the 285-300 that dirtsailor cooks them at. Plus the longer you leave them in the smoke, the more smoke ring you end up with. Also, I purchased them at our local butcher as opposed to getting them at Costco. Same price per pound...only difference was I had to trim off the small fat cap they had on them (and they weren't "tenderized" like Costco does with a Jacard tenderizer).
Not sure who you are asking? I smoke at 225 - 250 until IT is 125 - 130 then sear only takes 2 - 3 hours total. I don't think their is any danger since it is up to temp less then 4 hours?
Check this previous thread out......http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/121168/40-140-in-4-hours-discussion
Thanks for the inspiration k2guy. Never smoked a tri-tip, but yours looked so good that I went out and picked up a 3-pack of Angus choice tri's this morning from my local Cash-and-Carry for $4.34/lb. Rubbed one with mustard and beef bbq rub. Vac sealed the other 2 with Chakkas MMM sauce and froze.
Smoked with hickory and cherry pellets with a AMNPS in my GOSM at 240 for about 2 hours till it reached 140F and then seared on the gas grill. Served with caramelized fennel and chimichurri. Fantastic!
Looks good! You've got to try it with just salt, pepper, garlic powder and paprika. Might try it with red oak smoke to really get that Santa Maria style smoke. Also if you're going to sear it, try pulling from the smoker at 135, sear it and let it rest for about twenty minutes cover in foil. Throw in some pinto beans and pico de gallo and your set!
Looks good! I've got 2 tri tips going in the smoker for dinner tonight. I usually do S&P for a "rub" or I use a java rub. The last few times, the java rub was our favorite so I'm going to do both with the java rub. Can't go wrong with tri tips. Super easy, hardly any prep work, they cook fast, and they make great leftovers.