Smoked Tri-Tip Roast Recipe

Cook Time: Approximately 2-2.5 Hours

This recipe was generously provided by our good friend, pellet smoking expert Peter Jautaikis.

Smoked tri-tip roast is what pellethead dreams are made of! This delectable mouth-watering recipe will melt in your mouth and impress your family and friends. When selecting Tri-Tip roasts always purchase Choice or Prime grade. If available, purchase “peeled” Tri-Tips which have the fat cap trimmed off.



  1. Remove the fat cap if your tri-tip has one and all silver skin.
  2. Rub the tri-tip with olive oil (glue for the dry rub).
  3. Season the tri-tip liberally on all sides.
  4. Wrap the seasoned tri-tip in plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.


  1. Start grill, adjusting the setpoint temperature to 235ºF.
  2. Preheat grill, approximately 15 minutes.
  3. Program meat probe alarm for 145ºF.
  4. Place meat on the cooking grate and smoke the tri-tip for approx. 2-2½ hours.
  5. Remove from grill and rest loosely under a foil tent for 15 minutes.
  6. Slice against the grain.
    • Be aware that tri-tips have multiple grain directions.
  7. Enjoy your smoked tri-tip roast!

Sliced tri-tip roast