Brisket Style Tri Tip

Brisket Style Tri Tip

Category Beef BBQ Smoke
Servings 4
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 Hours

This Brisket Style Tri Tip has all the delicious flavors of your favorite smoked brisket but made in half the time. Also known as Santa Maria steak, the tri tip roast cut is heavily marbled, making it similar to brisket in terms of tender, beefy flavor. The tri tip is slathered in mustard and a generous dusting of Pit Boss Chophouse Steak Rub, then smoked low and slow and crutched until tender. Slice and serve with your favorite BBQ fixin's.



  • Dill Pickles
  • Jalapeño
  • 2 tbsp Mustard
  • Onion, sliced & minced

Special Tools


  1. Fire up your Pit Boss and with the lid open, set your temperature to smoke mode.
  2. Once the fire is lit, preheat to 225°F. If using a gas or charcoal grill, set it up for low, indirect heat.
  3. Rub the mustard all over the tri tip, then season with Pit Boss Chophouse Steak Rub.
  4. Place the tri tip directly on the grill grates and smoke until the internal temperature reaches 165°F (about 2 1/2 hours).
  5. Remove the tri tip from the grill and wrap it in Pit Boss Peach Butcher Paper. Return the tri tip to the grill and continue to smoke until the internal temperature reaches 200°F (an additional 2 1/2 to 3 hours).
  6. Remove the tri tip from the grill, and rest for 30 minutes. Slice thin and serve with pickles, jalapeño, onion, and Pit Boss Texas Smoky & Spicy BBQ Sauce, if desired.
  7. ENJOY!



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Recipe Note

This recipe can be cooked on any of our Pit Boss Grills wood pellet smokers, our vertical pellet smokers, or any of our barbecue grills using the A-Maze-N smoker accessory wood pellet burners.