First Tri tip ever for Florida boy

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Jun 22, 2009
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I saw the Publix ad this morning & they had tri tip for $5.39 a pound. Never seen tri tip here before. I thought it's a little pricey but what the heck. You Cali guys say this is the best cut of beef for sammies. I hauled my a%# over to Publix & scored a 2.26 lb tri tip. Brought it home, washed it off, patted it dry. Coated it with EVOO and Tones Canadian Steak seasoning. Put in fridge for 1 hour, then into WSM. Started WSM with 1 chimney of unlit lump mixed with some mesquite chunks. Put 8 lit briquettes on top, put cold water in the pan and the tri tip was right out of the fridge. Wanted to cold smoke the tri tip first. It took about 30 minutes for the WSM to get to 215, which is where I wanted it to stay at. Then it took another 30 min. for the tri tip to get to 128. Pulled it off & seared it on a 600 degree gas grill. 1 minute on each side. Then into foil for 1 hr. on the counter top. Here's some pics:

Sorry the pic is a little blurry, but it's just a basic rub. I wanted to taste the beef.


Here it is rubbed down ready to rest in the fridge.


Onto the WSM.


Here are a few sliced pics. I can see how you Cali guys love this tri tip. I have never had any roast beef taste like this before. It's absolutely incredible.




Thanks for looking, and thanks to Publix for finally getting this in your stores in Florida.
That's an interesting rub what's in it? I haven't done much beef on the smoker but that's how I like it med rare
Excellent looking piece of meat. 

Around here in Orlando, it's a hit or miss. One week I can find it, two weeks I can't. 
Looks Awesome Al!!

Little horseradish and sour dough rolls and you're in heaven my friend!!!

This is a popular seasoning for Tri-Tips in CA. Learned that from one of my Sons that lives in CA. It is what I use on Tri-Tips after my Son told me about it. is reader supported and as an Amazon Associate, we may earn commissions from qualifying purchases.