I did 3 tri tips averaged roughly 3 pounds each at $4.49 a pound last weekend.
All I added was a couple pinches of sea salt, a couple pinches of fresh ground black pepper, a couple pinches of garlic powder, a splash of apple juice, and hickory for the smoke.
I placed the pan with two tri tips on the top shelf and the single tri tip on the second shelf. After 2 hours 45 minutes the top two were 150⁰and the bottom one was 160⁰. I turned the cook temp down to 140⁰for roughly 20 minutes before removing all three tri tips and double wrapping them in foil for their 20 minute rest in the cooler.
The tri tips are always a huge success with dinner guests, but I think the 5-10⁰ extra took away from the flavor. I was surprised these weren’t as good as my first try. Still, I think this is without a doubt the easiest smoke I’ve ever done and quite tasty. It is worthy of repeating.
Prep time about 10 minutes
Smoke time 2 hours 45 minutes at 225⁰
Hold time at 140⁰20 minutes then I double wrapped the meat in foil and towels before letting them rest in a cooler for 20 minutes