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First tri tip smoke!

Discussion in 'Beef' started by fathomthis, Aug 29, 2010.

  1. fathomthis

    fathomthis Fire Starter

    Just sat down after a rough start on my first smoke. I think i got a little over zealous with the coals as its running a little hot around 275 and i hope im not botching it.

    Im nervous for this one but i got all the steps down . water, foiled mesquite, LOTS of dry rub, and my thermos. gawd it smells so good!
  2. bmudd14474

    bmudd14474 Legendary Pitmaster Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    you should be good 275 isnt too bad. Just make sure it doesnt spike more.
  3. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    You will be fine at the higher heat.  Tri tip is grilled over a medium low heat much more traditionally and more often than they are smoked.  Those will smoke up fine if you stay on top of the internal temperature.  This cut does not require the low and slow. Be sure to slice across the grain which runs every which direction.  LOL

    Good luck and enjoy!
  4. fathomthis

    fathomthis Fire Starter

    Spiked HIGH! i need to leave the lid off for a while and let it settle but im losing all that smoke! ugh stay strong little tri tips!
  5. fathomthis

    fathomthis Fire Starter

    yeah i saw that ive been cutting my grilled tips wrong this whole time. any tips and cooling the hotness. ive got a basic gourmet vertical and there are no vents so i just have it opened up.
  6. fathomthis

    fathomthis Fire Starter

    Pulled them out. i let them sit for about 20 minutes before i carved the small one and its really goooood. not a huge smoke ring though but i know why and a little to much cumin. but im excited! id say my first smoke was a success.
  7. jrod

    jrod Fire Starter

    Congrats on the Tri tip! I too did my first one this past weekend, this is a good cut of meat.

    Got any pics? or maybe you have posted them but I can't view them at work.. hehe

  8. fathomthis

    fathomthis Fire Starter




  9. jrod

    jrod Fire Starter

    oh I so shouldn't of looked at this before bed. That looks great!

    What was your final internal temp? Mine was a little more done than yours, I should of took it off sooner than 159F.
  10. fathomthis

    fathomthis Fire Starter

    i pulled it off and rested it for half an hour at 130F.
  11. pit 4 brains

    pit 4 brains Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Well it looks like you pulled off a good smoke..

    As for tri-tips, they have a wonderfull beef flavor so you definately can cut back on the season. I have gone with just kosher salt and fresh ground pepper and it was excellent. I have also addd some rosemary and thyme by suggestion of another member and it was great too.

    For the smoke, I do mine at about 275-280 from start to finish. Beef needs to be kept med rare ort below for my liking(unless I'm doing a chuck or brisky). I like to take mine to 140, shut down the heat and let it coast up to 145 in the remainder of the smoke. I use my GOSM gasser for tri's just because of how fast they cook..

    I lightly tent it on a cutting board for 10-15 minutes.

    For slicing, you want to start at the blunt corner and work your way into the roast. you should come to the long points at the same time with your knife..

    Here's my first one..