Well, I was referring to the brisket sear method. I have never done a tip tho. When ya sear brisket ya do it before ya smoke it...err well, the Okie method is that way. Last I did I seared before I rubbed it too. After I applied a mustard base and rub. Seemed the rub was quite a bit more flavorful that way.
Just so I understand, a tri tip is a cut you want to cook to medium/medium rare? Costco in Brighton, Michigan sometimes has tri tip steaks. I asked if I could get a whole roast and the butcher said yes if they have them. I'n not even sure what a tri tip roast looks like. Anyone got a pic?