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Smoky Joe Rubbed Tri Tip

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 5 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Barbecue, Comfort Food, Healthy Food
Servings: 3 people


  • 1 2-3 lb tri tip

Smoky Joe Beef Rub

  • 1 teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee crystals
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon whole coriander crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder


  • Combine all of the ingredients for the rub in a small bowl and set aside.
    various seasonings being mixed together in a mortar and pestle
  • Trim any excess fat off of the tri tip and liberally season with the dry rub.
    uncooked tri tip seasoned and resting on wood cutting board
  • Start your smoker on the lowest heat setting (mine runs about 175-180 on Smoke) and place the seasoned tri tip on the grill grates. Close the lid and smoke for 3 hours.
  • Take the tri tip off the grill and place a cast iron skillet on the grill grates. Turn the temperature up to the highest heat setting (at least 400 degrees) and allow the grill pan to preheat.
  • Place the smoked tri tip in the grill pan and sear on each side for 4-6 minutes. Use an internal thermometer to monitor the temperature of your tri tip. Pull the tri tip off the grill at 120 degrees for rare, 130 degrees for medium rare, 140 for medium.
  • Allow the tri tip to rest for at least 10 minutes before slicing against the grain. Serve immediately.
    Tri Tip Steak Smoked with Smoky Joe Coffee Rub cooked to medium rare and sliced