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Tri tip success!!

It’s been about 2 yrs and a 2500 mi move since my last post, but I was inspired tonight!

I’ve cooked a few batches of chicken wings lately, but haven’t had time for longer cooks like pork butt or brisket.  I was in an egg rut until a chance encounter with a prime tri-tip at my local Costco.  

I’d never eaten tri-tip, let alone cooked one before, but it was new, exotic, and well marbled and I figured it might be just the remedy I needed.

I dry brined with kosher salt before I left this morning and fired up the egg as soon as I got home today.  As I waited for the egg to come to temp, I rubbed with pepper and a bit of garlic/paprika/cayenne pepper.  Once the egg was up to about 235, I threw on 4 small chunks of pecan, dropped in the plate setter and cooked the tri tip about 50 minutes til it was at 120 in the thickest part.  Then I pulled the meat, removed the plate setter and cranked the egg til it was about 500 and reverse seared on each side for 2 minutes.  Sliced 1/4in slices against the grain (and some small chunks for for the kiddos).

This meal was fantastic!  Just a touch of smoke, good seasoning, and the texture was perfect!  Was worried the tri tip would be tough and dry, but it was as tender as a filet and juicy as a ribeye!  Gonna be cooking one of these again soon.


  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 20,304
    Welcome back and you did that cook true justice.  Congrats.  Nailed it. 
    Louisville;  "indeterminate Jim" here; L & S BGEs, PBC, Lang 36; Burnin' wood in the neighbourhood. # 38 for the win.  Life is too short for light/lite beer.  
  • Photo EggPhoto Egg Posts: 9,608
    Uncooked, that’s one of the most perfect Tri Tips I have seen...
    perfect size and shape.
    You did it justice!
    Great cook
    Thank you,

    Galveston Texas
  • SSQUAL612SSQUAL612 Posts: 1,151
    Looks Perfect!!!  Ordered a 3 pack of Tri Tips from Creekstone Farms last week so hope mine turn out this good. 
    Tyler, TX   XL BGE 2016, KJ Classic 2019,  MES, 18.5 WSM,  Akorn Jr,  36"&17" Black Stone, Adj Rig, Woo, Grill Grates, SS Smokeware Cap, KAB,  FB 300, Thermapen 
  • GATravellerGATraveller Posts: 7,111
    We love tri tips in my house. That looks like a winner. Thanks for sharing. 

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    2 Large
    Peachtree Corners, GA
  • Photo EggPhoto Egg Posts: 9,608
    Because it looks that good!
    Thank you,

    Galveston Texas
  • BattlebornBattleborn Posts: 1,195
    Tri-tip is my personal favorite and it looks like you did it justice. Good job!
    Las Vegas, NV
    LG BGE, off-set smoker & various Weber's 
  • Matt86mMatt86m Posts: 331
    I finally found something about living in Cali that I like. The availability of tritip!

    That is a good look hunk of meat!
    XL aka Senior, Mini Max aka Junior, Weber Q's, Blackstone 22, Santa Maria grill, Lion built in, Lodge Hibachi, wife says I have too many grills,,,,how many shoes do you have?
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  • cookingdude555cookingdude555 Posts: 2,476
    That looks so good.  You should post more often. :)

    John - SLC, UT

    Several eggs ..

  • pineypiney Posts: 1,432
    Great looking cook. Welcome back.
    Lenoir, N.C.
  • smokingalsmokingal Posts: 874
    It's hard to beat a well-seasoned tri-tip.  Looks delicious.
    It's "Smokin Gal", not "Smoking Al".
    Egging in the Atlanta GA region
    Large BGE, CGS setup, Kick Ash Basket, Smokeware SS Cap,
    Arteflame grill grate
    Nice grill marks. We eat tri tip on a weekly basis (we are in Nevada) and obviously love it. 
    Large BGE
    Reno, NV
  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 31,513
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    Large and Medium BGE, Kamado Joe Jr, Akorn Jr, smoker with a 5k btu AC, gas grill, fire pit, pack of angry cats, two turntables and a microphone, my friend.  Registered republican.
    New Orleans, LA - we know how to eat 

  • Dyal_SCDyal_SC Posts: 5,154
    Perfection!  Nice cook. 
  • BattlebornBattleborn Posts: 1,195
    JNDATHP said:
    Nice grill marks. We eat tri tip on a weekly basis (we are in Nevada) and obviously love it. 
    What part? There sure doesn't seem like a lot of us around.
    Las Vegas, NV
    LG BGE, off-set smoker & various Weber's 
  • Sea2SkiSea2Ski Posts: 3,661
    Way to get back on the train.  Looks great. 
    Burning lump in Downingtown, PA or diesel in Cape May, NJ.
    ....just look for the smoke!
    Large and MiniMax

    Caliking said:   Meat in bung is my favorite. 
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