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Tri tip cooked like a brisket sliced and arranged on peach butcher paper next to pickles, onions, BBQ sauce, and sliced jalapenos.
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Tri Tip Cooked Like a Brisket

Tri Tip Cooked Like a Brisket is a unique and flavorful way to prepare tri tip. While unconventional, it's a fun technique to try at least once. Oh, and the results are pretty darn delicious too!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time9 hours
Resting Time45 minutes
Total Time10 hours
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Tri Tip Cooked Like Brisket
Servings: 4
Author: Susie Bulloch (heygrillhey.com)



  • Fire up the smoker. Preheat your smoker to 225 degrees F.
  • Prep the tri tip. Slather the tri tip in yellow mustard and season on all sides with the Beef Seasoning or you can make my brisket seasoning (link in recipe notes below).
  • Smoke the tri tip. Place the tri tip directly on the grill grates and smoke until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F (this will take approximately 4-5 hours).
  • Wrap and smoke. Remove the tri tip from the smoker and wrap it in peach butcher paper. Place the wrapped tri tip back on the smoker and continue to smoke until the internal temperature reaches 200 degrees F (this should take about 3-4 hours with the whole smoking process taking 8-9 hours).
  • Rest and serve. Remove the tri tip from the smoker and allow it to rest still wrapped in the butcher paper for 30-45 minutes. Slice and serve.



If you don't have any Beef Seasoning on hand, you can use this recipe for Brisket Rub instead to season your tri tip.


Calories: 364kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 47g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 147mg | Sodium: 206mg | Potassium: 738mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 26IU | Calcium: 69mg | Iron: 4mg