reverse seared tri tip

Reverse Seared Tri Tip

Reverse Seared Tri Tip

Kendal Adair from SmokednSpiced stopped by the HowToBBQRight headquarters this week to show me how he does his Reverse Seared Tri Tip – competition style.

We both competed against each other earlier this year at a local SCA contest where Tri Tip was one of the categories. He walked with a top finish in Tri Tip, so needless to say, I was eager to learn his secrets.

reverse seared tri tip

For this recipe Kendal starts with a 3lb, Prime Grade Tri Tip from Matador Prime Steak. Starting with a good quality piece of beef puts you on the right foot, but you also have to know how to properly cook it.

After a quick trim to remove any excess fat and silver skin, Kendal hit the tri tip with a good dose of coarse ground Kosher Salt. He uses the salt as a dry brine and only leaves it on the tri tip for 8-10 minutes. The salt is rinsed off and then he tenderizes it using a jaccard.

Next comes the seasonings where he builds the flavor. First a dose of Killer Hogs AP Rub for savory salt, pepper, garlic notes; then a spicy BBQ Rub – my Killer Hogs Hot Rub here, followed lastly with coarse ground black pepper for a little more oomph.

reverse seared tri tip

The cook was pretty straight forward for a reverse sear. Fire up a smoker to 275⁰, insert a meat probe to monitor temp, and take it off the smoke once it hits 115⁰. We used the Thermoworks DOT to monitor the temps. You can check out the DOT probe here >>

reverse seared tri tip

Kendal used my Traeger for this stage of the cook and while the tri tip was in the smoke he fired up a PK 360 for the sear. And we used a set of GrillGrates on top of the factory grate to get those amazing grill marks.

reverse seared tri tip

As soon as the tri tip hit 115⁰ internal, he immediately moved it to the grill grates on the PK 360 and put a hot and fast sear on both sides. The tri tip came off the PK once the internal hit 125⁰ but you can cook it to your desired doneness. To check out final internal temp, we used my trusty Thermoworks Thermapen.

reverse seared tri tip

For the rest, Kendal gave the tri tip another quick coat of Killer Hogs AP Rub, then wrapped it in butcher paper.

reverse seared tri tip

After a short 10 minute rest, Kendal sliced it across the grain and we dove in for the kill bite.

reverse seared tri tip

The thing that most impressed me with this cook was the tenderness of the tri tip. The combination of the salt brine and jaccard tenderizing produced a prime rib-like mouth feel.

Tri tip tends to be a little tough if it’s not properly prepared but this version melted in your mouth! And it was perfect served with a big side of Lobster Mac & Cheese >>

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Reverse Seared Tri Tip

Ingredients

  • 3lb Tri Tip Roast
  • 1/4 cup Kosher Salt
  • 2 Tablespoons Killer Hogs AP Rub
  • 2 Tablespoons Killer Hogs Hot Rub
  • 1 Tablespoon Coarse Ground Black Pepper

Instructions

  1. Prepare pellet smoker or any other grill/smoker for indirect heat at 275 degrees.
  2. Trim excess fat from Tri Tip (leave 1/4” fat on bottom side if possible).
  3. Season the Tri Tip with Kosher Salt and rest for 8-10 min.
  4. Rinse salt off under cool water and pat dry with paper towel.
  5. Use a jaccard to tenderize the Tri Tip.
  6. Season with AP, Hot Rub, snd Blsck Pepper.
  7. Place tri tip on smoker and cook until internal temp reaches 115 degrees.
  8. Prepare charcoal grill for direct searing at 600 degrees.
  9. Seat Tri Tip for 3-4 minutes on both sides until internal temperature reaches 125 or your desired doneness.
  10. Once Tri Tip hits doneness, wrap in butcher paper and allow to rest for at least 10 minutes.
  11. Slice across the grain and serve.

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Comments 4

  1. I Love to learn about grilling Tri Tip ,Ribs, Brisket and anything else on a grill or smoker. Therefore send me your recipe book.

    Best regards

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  2. Malcom,

    New to the barbeque world and really enjoying your videos/advice. I just knocked out your recipe for pork belly burnt ends and they were as great as you advertised. Just wanted to say “Thanks” for helping the average guy make amazing dishes.

    Rick

  3. Tried the Tri Tip recipe , Wow , turned out great . The video or the recipe didnt really give a guesstamation on time , so i thought, mmmmmm maybe 2 hrs,. NOPE , 45 to 50 min. . So nothing else was ready and our guest had not even arrived yet. Anyway 2 hrs later i turned up the temp. to 450 on the yoder 640 , and put the grill grates on . 10 mins. later I seared the tri tip and it turned out a great med. rare .

    so , my lesson learned is , even if you have to wait a while , you can still pull off a great meal.

    Thanks for all of your recipes and products, and your videos , they are great !

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