Reverse Sear Tri Tip

Do you love tri tip but aren’t sure how to smoke it on your grill? We’re here to help! The night before you plan to cook your reverse sear trip tips, mix together your rub ingredients and trim your tri-tips up removing any large hunks of fat and silver skin if there is any. Coat with the rub and place in a zip top bag and refrigerate overnight.

Rub Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup Tones Rosemary Garlic Seasoning
  • 4 tbsp. Black Pepper
  • 2 tbsp. Hazelnut Coffee (any coffee is fine, but medium roast is best)
  • 1 tbsp. Onion Powder
  • 2 tbsp. Kosher Salt
  • 1 tbsp. Cumin
  • 2 tbsp. Brown Sugar


  • 1 – 2 3-4 lb. Tri-Tip Roasts


The night before you plan to cook mix together your rub ingredients and trim your tri-tips up removing any large hunks of fat and silver skin if there is any. Coat with the rub and place in a zip top bag and refrigerate overnight.

The next question, of course, is how long does it take to smoke a tri tip? Set your grill to 225 degrees and smoke the tri-tip until it reaches an internal temp of 100-110 degrees. Remove from the grill at this point and rest in a cooler or your oven (not turned on).

Set your grill to 450-500 degrees. Once your grill reaches its set temp sear the tri-tip on each side until you are happy with the color. If you want a rare to medium finish cook to an internal temp of about 135 degrees. You can of course cook them to whatever doneness you prefer. Once you go over about 150 degrees the tri-tip can lose some of its tenderness and moisture so look out for that.

How to Cook Tri Tip on Your Pellet Grill

If you are inspired by our grilled tri tip recipe video, it is time to head over to your Grilla Grill. The original Grilla Grill rub recipe applies to most steak cuts, and especially prime rib. With just a touch of garlic kick, any steak can turn you into a star in your backyard.

Tri tip is normally a thinner cut of meat, so this gives you the opportunity to experiment with different marinades that will soak right in. With a variety of ways to prepare a steak, Grilla Grills knows that grilling on a pellet provides the best results.

Fun Facts About Our Recipe

Reading through our ingredients, we are sure you might be wondering how coffee and brown sugar go with steak. Grilla Grills is not afraid to think outside the box when dreaming up new marinades, rubs and seasonings. Sometimes, the perfect recipe comes from experimenting and trying new combinations.

The goal with our recipes is to work alongside the rich flavor of steak as it comes from our pellet grill.

When Is the Best Time to Make This Recipe?

It is no secret that summer time is the best season for grilling and being outdoors. Searing tri tip steak is a process that requires attention to detail, so you want to have your Grilla Grill set up in a comfortable environment. However, if grilling out in the winter, your pellet grill will surely keep you nice and warm.

When is the perfect time to eat and prepare this recipe? With family and friends by your side, this cut goes excellent as a main dish for dinner or even with some scrambled eggs first thing in the morning.

What Pairs With Tri Tip?

Following our seared tri tip recipe calls for some complimentary sides for any taste. If preparing tri tip for dinner, you can never go wrong with a healthy green dish. Grilla Grills recommends trying our grilled veggie skewers for that crunchy or sweet side.

Tri tip steak is such a versatile cut of meat that it even goes well with breakfast or brunch. Just try coupling this recipe with our grilled apple crisps to taste for yourself.

Tips and Tricks for Pellet Grill Tri Tip

Using our tri tip recipe, a fun trick to enhance flavor is to prepare the rub ingredients the night before grilling. This gives your seasoning plenty of time to soak into the tri tip. When grilling, the name of the game is watching the inside temperature of each cut.

Searing any type of steak is not always about timing. Each cut of tri tip has its own character, so keeping a thermometer close by is the key to success. While searing, expose each side of the tri tip to intense heat from your pellet grill for one to two minutes.

Check that the inner temperature for each strip is around 135 degrees, and your steaks are ready to go. For more recipes and learning how to get the most out of your pellet grill, be sure to check out What’s New for all the latest information about Grilla Grills.


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