Smoky and Tender Tri Tip: A Grilled Delight

Smoky and Tender Tri Tip: A Grilled Delight

I'm excited to share with you a mouthwatering recipe featuring the ever-popular tri tip. This cut of beef is known for its rich flavor and tenderness, making it a favorite for grilling enthusiasts. Get ready to embark on a smoky and savory journey as we explore the steps to create a perfect tri tip dish. Let's fire up the grill and let the magic unfold!


  • 1 tri tip roast (approximately 2-3 pounds)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin


Step 1: Preparing the Tri Tip

  1. Begin by patting the tri tip roast dry with paper towels to remove any excess moisture.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the minced garlic, smoked paprika, brown sugar, kosher salt, black pepper, onion powder, dried thyme, and ground cumin. Mix well to create a flavorful rub.
  3. Drizzle the olive oil over the tri tip roast, ensuring it is evenly coated.
  4. Generously sprinkle the prepared rub all over the roast, pressing it firmly to adhere to the meat. Allow the tri tip to marinate in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour, or overnight for enhanced flavor.

Step 2: Grilling the Tri Tip

  1. Preheat your grill to medium-high heat, around 375-400°F (190-205°C).
  2. Once the grill is hot, place the tri tip roast directly on the grates and close the lid. Cook for approximately 15 minutes per side for medium-rare doneness or adjust the cooking time according to your preferred level of doneness.
  3. Use a meat thermometer to ensure the internal temperature reaches 135°F (57°C) for medium-rare, 145°F (63°C) for medium, or 160°F (71°C) for medium-well.
  4. Once the desired doneness is reached, remove the tri tip from the grill and transfer it to a cutting board. Tent it loosely with foil and let it rest for about 10 minutes. This resting period allows the juices to redistribute throughout the meat, resulting in a more succulent and tender tri tip.

Step 3: Slicing and Serving

  1. With a sharp knife, slice the tri tip against the grain into thin slices, aiming for a thickness of about 1/4 inch.
  2. Arrange the succulent slices on a serving platter, and feel free to garnish with fresh herbs, such as parsley or cilantro, for an added touch of freshness.
  3. Serve the tri tip alongside your favorite sides like roasted potatoes, grilled vegetables, or a crisp salad. You can also enjoy it in sandwiches or tacos for a delicious twist.

Congratulations, you've successfully prepared a sensational tri tip roast that is both smoky and tender, a true delight for your taste buds! The combination of the flavorful rub and grilling technique has transformed this cut of beef into a culinary masterpiece. Remember, the key to achieving that perfect medium-rare is to monitor the internal temperature carefully. So gather your loved ones, savor each bite, and relish the magic of a beautifully grilled tri tip. Happy grilling!

Note: Grilling times may vary based on the size and thickness of your tri tip roast, so it's always a good idea to keep an eye on the internal temperature for the desired doneness.