Grilled Tri Tip Recipes

The trick is to carve the tri-tip against the grain, which can change directions in this cut. So before you rub it and roast it, take a look at the raw meat and see which direction the long strands of muscle fiber are running on. Two pounds is a good size, but if you come across a larger one, by all means grab it as the extra meat makes amazing sandwiches.

Step by Step Grilling

Start tri-tip fat side up and sear the meat over direct heat for 5-7 minutes. Turn and sear the other side for 5-7 minutes. Move the meat to the cooler side, over indirect heat, and continue to cook for about 15 minutes (turn as needed) until the thickest part is medium-rare (130-135ΒΊF).

How to Cook Tri-Tip on the Grill

The Best Slow Grilled Tri Tip Steak πŸ”—

This slow cooked, grilled Tri Tip steak is amazingly tender and tasty when cooked outdoors on the grill and it doesn't take long to grill.

Prep: 120min

Total: 160min

Serving Size: 1 serving

Nutrition Facts: calories 552 kcal, Carbohydrate 4 g, Protein 71 g, Fat 26 g, Saturated Fat 10 g, Cholesterol 221 mg, Sodium 1354 mg, Fiber 1 g, Sugar 2 g, unSaturated Fat 14 g, servingSize 1 serving


  • 3 pound tri tip roast
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1/2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder


  1. Mix the seasonings in a bowl. Season the tri tip using the seasoning mix. Wrap it in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or overnight if possible.
  2. Once the grill is preheated to at least 375Β° F, set the tri tip on the hot side of the grill and close the lid. Cook the roast for roughly 5 minutes per side to sear the meat all around and get some nice dark grill marks.
  3. Once the searing is done, move the roast to the cooler side of the grill, off of the direct heat. If you have a leave-in grill thermometer probe, stick that into the thickest part of the meat and close the lid. Watch that the temperature in the grill doesn’t go above 400Β° F.
  4. The tri tip is done when the instant-read thermometer reads 130Β° F (54 degrees C), about 15 minutes, for medium-rare. If you want medium, continue cooking to 135Β° F, about 20 minutes.
  5. Take the meat off the grill and let it rest for at least 10 minutes wrapped in tin foil. This allows the meat to come up to the proper temperature.
  6. To serve, slice the roast against the grain in thin slices.


How long does it take to grill a tri-tip?

The time it takes to cook the beef will depend on how well-done you like your meat and the consistency of the temperature on your grill, but it will usually take between 30 and 50 minutes.

Is tri-tip good for grilling?

A basic rub, a quick sear on each side, and indirect grilling are all you need to achieve the juicy, medium-rare perfection of this classic barbecue cut.

How do you grill a tri-tip steak?

Recipe for Grilled Tri Tip Preheat the grill to medium-high heat. Grill the tri-tip on each side for about 5 minutes to develop a dark brown crust. Flip the steak and grill for about 8 minutes on the second side. Remove to indirect heat and cook for an additional 130–135 minutes.

Is it better to cook tri-tip in the oven or grill?

You are going to get an amazingly tender tri tip either way, but you are only going to get that ultra-crispy black exterior from the grill. The smoke also adds flavor. Tri tip is MADE for grilling, and it just tastes better than oven roasting.

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