1. Some of the links on this forum allow SMF, at no cost to you, to earn a small commission when you click through and make a purchase. Let me know if you have any questions about this.

I Tri-tip, because I don’t always want a whole brisket

Discussion in 'Beef' started by BldEagle, Jun 13, 2018.

  1. BldEagle

    BldEagle Fire Starter

    I actually did this a while ago but still wanted to share because it turned out so well. 2C04A324-13F0-40CD-B5C9-7809562AB8B6.jpeg CE0F744A-D3D1-46C4-9F2B-C5449BDC8248.jpeg

    I was at the store looking for something to smoke and saw this beautiful tri-tip, so I had to get it! There are a lot of things that I haven’t tried to smoke but really want to, and this was one of those cuts. This forum has really been an inspiration, and once I saw someone post about doing a tri-tip just like a brisket so I knew I had to buy it.

    I like to keep things simple, so put on a quick rub, got the smoker going, and threw it in there. My plan was to smoke it around 225° until I got an IT of 190°. Unfortunately I rushed things a little and didn’t clean out my firebox prior, so a few hours into the smoke I started having airflow problems. I guess I needed to learn that lesson the hard way. So I did what any reasonable person would do in my situation, and threw it on the gas side of my grill and finished with indirect heat @ 240°.

    FD35D96B-07F9-4419-92E7-DC0AC4BAB1FA.jpeg 461427A3-B228-48F7-BDC1-2A0B4723769D.jpeg

    In the end, it took about 6 hours. 3 hours in the smoker and then 3 on the gas side. It was absolutely delicious! My wife generally complains when I do a brisket because of how big it is, she doesn’t like to eat the same thing all week. So this was the perfect size, and was even better. I’ll definitely do it again!
  2. dcecil

    dcecil Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    That looks delicious, I’ve done TT this way and live it.
    BldEagle likes this.
  3. BldEagle

    BldEagle Fire Starter

    Thanks Doug, I was definitely impressed with the finished product. I'll be doing it again for sure.
  4. Geebs

    Geebs Smoking Fanatic

    Great job, that looks awesome!
    BldEagle likes this.
  5. troutman

    troutman Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Wow tri-tip with a brisket like finish. That's a new one for me as well, always cook them medium rare. Nice variation !!
    BldEagle likes this.
  6. Looks really good. But is Fred Meyer a little confused with the tri-tip being labeled as seafood?
    BldEagle and KrisUpInSmoke like this.
  7. browneyesvictim

    browneyesvictim Master of the Pit ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Killed it! Looks like no shortage of tenderness and flavor there!
    BldEagle likes this.
  8. Smoke23

    Smoke23 Smoking Fanatic

    That looks delicious!
    BldEagle likes this.
  9. Ishi

    Ishi Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    Thanks for posting. Tri Tips aren’t readily available yet in Iowa but I’ve heard they are starting to catch on here..... some day I’ll find one
    BldEagle likes this.
  10. mike5051

    mike5051 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Great job on that TT!

    BldEagle likes this.
  11. I've never taken a TT that far for IT before. It looks really good though, great job. I'll have to try that. Sometimes I find tri tips for under $3lb here in Oregon.
    BldEagle likes this.
  12. ksblazer

    ksblazer Meat Mopper

    Try tip is quickly becoming one of my favorites to smoke up. I usually cook mine to 145.

    I've marinated mine. But my next one I want to use a rub like you did. As mentioned your bark on that looks really nice. Wish I could try a slice.
    BldEagle likes this.
  13. SmokinAl

    SmokinAl SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    That looks really good, TT's are hard to find around here, but I have always cooked them med/rare.
    The next one I get my hands on I will give this a try!
    BldEagle likes this.
  14. gmc2003

    gmc2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Man you guys are killing me with all these TT smokes. I can never find it here and on that rare occasion I do it's super expensive.

    Point for sure.

    BldEagle likes this.
  15. BldEagle

    BldEagle Fire Starter

    Hahah... They sure are a little confused, I hadn't noticed that. I was the least fishy tasting seafood I've ever had!
  16. BldEagle

    BldEagle Fire Starter

    Thanks a lot J.P. Under $3/lb?! Man I am jealous of that! I thought I had a got a decent deal, but that would be great. At that price you could experiment all kinds of things. Try bringing the IT up sometime, I'm sure you won't be disappointed.
  17. BldEagle

    BldEagle Fire Starter

    Thanks Blazer! It sure didn't last long, maybe next time I'll do two and there will be a slice around for me to share with you. What kind of marinade do you normally use? I wouldn't mind giving that a try sometime.
  18. drunkenmeatfist

    drunkenmeatfist Meat Mopper

    I'm pretty sure I accidentally did the opposite of this tonight. I picked up a "tri tip" from the store. I noticed that it didn't have grains running in different directions, but I just assumed that it was a part of a tri tip. Did the reverse sear, got it to about 130 degrees and then sliced across the grain. After cutting and tasting it I believe that I bought a piece of a brisket flat that was mis labeled as tri tip. It was tough and nothing like the tri tips I have cooked before. Now I know you can cook a tri tip like a brisket, but cooking a piece of brisket like a tri tip is not advised.
    BldEagle likes this.
  19. ksblazer

    ksblazer Meat Mopper

    I used a Cabernet Sauvignon marinade recipe I got from the kingsford site. Chris Lilly has some good recipes on there. While he did not create this recipe. He got permission to post it. Its an excellent marinade. Something you would get at a fancy resteraunt in Sonoma , if you ordered Try Tip I'm guessing.

    Everyone I've shared it with tells me they really like it. Hope you give it a try soon. If so, let us know.
    Last edited: Jun 14, 2018
    BldEagle likes this.
  20. BldEagle

    BldEagle Fire Starter

    Thanks! I'll definitely give that a try, sounds great.