Low & Slow Smoked Tri-Tip

low and slow smoked tri tip

I love Brisket Sandwiches but they take a lot of time to make and doesn’t seem economical to smoke a whole packer brisket so you can have one sandwich right? Big solution right here; Smoke a tri-tip instead!
Tri-Tip is my all time favorite cut of beef and this is why: it can turn out as a better made brisket with the right smoke and bbq rub and it can be your picanha as well. In this recipe I will show you how to smoke this as a Brisket.

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 hrs
Resting Time 20 mins
Course Beef, Main Course
Cuisine American Barbecue, Smoking, South American BBQ
Servings 2
Calories 837 kcal


Brisket Rub

  • 1 tbsp finnishing salt
  • ½ tbsp black pepper
  • ½ tbsp onion powder
  • tbsp garlic powder


  • The first thit consists out of a tbsp of salt, ½ tbsp of black pepper, ½ tbsp of onion powder, ⅛ tbsp of garlic powder.
  • Sprinkle the rub on all meat sides of your tri-tip but leave the fat cap uharmed.
  • Turn on your pelletsmoker at a temperature of 120 degrees celsius and stick a Meater thermometer in the center of your tri-tip.
  • Let it smoke for around 4 hours depending on how the crust is developing.
  • This is a great time to make side dishes and sauces. For this recipe i created a sauce recipe and a coleslaw recipe that goes really wel together with the tri-tip.
  • When you smoked it for a couple of hours like me the tri-tip seems to be drying out on the outside. This is the time i'm going to wrap it in butcher paper and place it back in the grill.
  • Let it smoke for another hour or so untill you reach a core temperature of 92 degrees celcius.
  • Let it rest inside the butcher paper for 20 minutes and slice into the tri-tip.
  • Serve on top of a slice of bread with some coleslaw underneath and some of that sauce on top. DELICIOUS!



Calories: 837kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 104gFat: 43gSaturated Fat: 16gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 21gCholesterol: 330mgSodium: 3800mgPotassium: 1629mgFiber: 1gSugar: 0.1gVitamin A: 8IUVitamin C: 0.4mgCalcium: 141mgIron: 8mg
Keyword BBQ, Beef, Beef rub, Brisket, Tri-tip
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