Smoked Tri-Tip Steak Recipe

Cook Time: Approximately 25-35 Minutes

We’re all familiar with that rush of excitement most pelletheads get when we’re cruising down the meat section of our local grocery store and we stumble upon a beautifully cut steak for a reasonable price. You immediately stock up and proceed to daydream about all the different ways you could prepare them for the remainder of your shopping trip.

A tri-tip steak offers a wide variety of grilling options. It can be reversely seared, slowly smoked or grilled normally. We’ve provided just one option for the perfect smoked tri-tip steak. We hope you enjoy it!


  • 4 lbs. of beef tri-tip steak
  • 1 cup of beef broth
  • 1/2 cup of red wine
  • 2 teaspoons of garlic juice
  • 2 teaspoons of MAK Cajun Rub



  1. In a bowl, combine beef broth, wine, and garlic juice together.
  2. Transfer the liquid into meat syringe and inject into the meat on both sides of the steaks.
  3. Massage to help distribute the marinade mixture throughout the meat.
  4. Lightly sprinkle MAK Cajun Rub to an outside surface of the steaks.


  1. Start grill, adjusting the setpoint temperature to 450°F.
  2. Preheat grill, approximately 10 minutes.
  3. Program meat probe alarm for 150°F.
  4. Insert probe tip into the thickest part of the tri-tip.
  5. Place meat on the cooking grate and grill each side for approx. 12-18 minutes.
  6. Adjust temperature to Smoke.
  7. Leave tri-tip on the smoke setting for approx. 30 minutes.
  8. Remove from grill, slice against the grain, then serve your perfectly smoked tri-tip steak.


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