Reverse Seared Smoked Tri-Tip

Smoked + Reverse Seared Tri-Tip Recipe

This recipe calls for Bold BBQ Smoke Ems™ by Bear Mountain BBQ, a product featured in our May 2022 “Smoke & Spice” box, but you can substitute any wood chips you have handy. We really like Smoke Ems™ because they’re extremely convenient, providing 45 minutes of true barbecue smoke flavor in every packet…and on any type of grill.

Video: How to Use BBQ Smoke Ems™ Wood Chip Packets from Bear Mountain BBQ

About Bold BBQ Smoke Ems™ by Bear Mountain BBQ

Adding up to 45 minutes of natural hardwood smoke, Bold BBQ Smoke Ems™ by Bear Mountain BBQ are small but mighty packets that ideal for life on the go.

Use Smoke ‘Ems on your backyard gas grill, or while camping and tailgating, to add the perfect touch of 100% wood smoke to those delicious meals on the grill. Use with all outdoor gas, charcoal or electric grills.

Don’t have any Smoke Ems left? Use promo code GRILLMASTER to save 20% at BearMountainBBQ.com, or substitute with whatever wood chips you have handy.

Reverse Seared Tri Tip Recipe feat. old BBQ Smoke 'Ems

Reverse Seared + Smoked Tri-Tip feat. Bold BBQ Smoke Ems™ by Bear Mountain BBQ

Grill Masters Club
Tri-tip is a perfect cut of meat to reverse sear and lock in that juicy, smoky flavor with a high-temperature finish. Use Bold BBQ Smoke Ems™ by Bear Mountain BBQ to add the perfect amount of smoke flavor!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 5 mins
Course BBQ, Main Course
Cuisine American

Equipment

  • Gas or Charcoal Grill (if using Smoke Ems)
  • Smoker (if not using Smoke Ems)
  • Meat Thermometer

Ingredients
  

  • 1 packet Bold BBQ Smoke Ems™ by Bear Mountain BBQ (May 2022 featured box item)
  • 2-3 lbs Tri-Tip Steak (trimmed)
  • 3 tbsp Your Preferred Dry Rub (try The Missing Link by Bow Valley BBQ from April 2022's box, your favorite BBQ dry rub or make your own: 1 tbsp Salt, 1 tbsp Pepper, 1 tbsp Garlic Powder, 1 tsp Fine Ground Coffee, 1 tsp Chipotle Chili Powder)
  • Olive Oil (for slather - substitute your preferred oil, such as grapeseed or cottonseed oil; or, try using apple cider vinegar)

Instructions
 

Prepare the Tri-Tip

  • If needed, trim your tri-tip steak to your preference. Pat the entire slab down with paper towels.
  • Lightly coat the tri-tip with olive oil (or your preferred oil or slather, try using Sweet & Hot Mustard by Wilder Condiments) as a slather to ensure your rub sticks to the meat.
  • After applying the slather, apply your preferred dry rub using a wet-hand dry-hand technique (see the guide below), ensuring the entire surface of the tri-tip is coated well.
    RELATED GUIDE: LEARN HOW TO APPLY DRY RUB FROM THE PROS

Using Smoke Ems™

  • On one side of the grill, turn on the burner to high or fire up your charcoal and place the Bold BBQ Smoke Ems™ packet directly over the heat until it starts smoking.
  • Place the meat on the other side of the grill (indirect cooking -- NOT over the open flame) and cook to an internal temp of approx. 120 °F.
    RELATED GUIDE: GRILL MASTERS CLUB GUIDE TO GRILLING TECHNIQUES
  • Now, it's time to complete your reverse sear and lock in those juices and flavors! Move the tri-tip directly over the flame, and cook to an internal temperature of 125° F for medium-rare (1-2 minutes, possibly more depending on the size of your tri-tip).
  • Then, flip the tri-tip and sear the other side until reaching an internal temperature of 130 °F for medium rare.
  • After reaching your desired level of doneness, remove from the grill, tent with foil and rest for 15 minutes. Remove foil, slice against the grain and serve!

Alternative Smoker Instructions (without Smoke Ems)

  • If you don't have any Smoke Ems handy, you can always use your traditional smoker for this recipe.
  • Apply the dry rub per the above instructions and preheat your smoker to 225 °F. Place the Tri-Tip on the center of the grill and close the lid.
  • Smoke the tri-tip -- low and slow -- until reaching an internal temperature of 120 °F.
  • Complete your reverse sear by placing the tri-tip over your heat source (if using an offset smoker, consider searing on your charcoal or gas grill for convenience) and cook to an internal temperature of 125° F.
  • Then, flip the tri-tip and sear the other side until reaching an internal temperature of 130 °F for medium rare.
  • After reaching your desired level of doneness, remove from the grill, tent with foil and let the tri-tip sit for 15 minutes. Remove foil, slice against the grain and serve!

Notes

Thanks to the fine folks at Bear Mountain BBQ for inspiring this reverse-seared tri-tip recipe! See more of their barbecue & grilling recipes here.
Bear Mountain Smoke 'Ems Bold BBQ Wood Chips
Grill Masters Club - Featured Product Badge
May 2022: Smoke & Spice
Keyword featured box item, smoked beef, tri-tip steak

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