Tri Tip Burnt Ends

Cook Time

420 Mins

Cooking Method






Prep Time

30 Mins




1/2 cup BBQ Sauce

To Taste, Beef & Brisket Rub

1 1/2 tbsp Brown Sugar

1 1/2 tbsp Butter, cubed

1/2 cup Dr. Pepper Soda

1/2 tbsp Honey

2 tbsp Mustard

2 lbs Tri Tip Steak

1/2 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce

Cooking Instructions

Get those mouthwatering beefy nuggets without having to smoke an entire brisket with these Tri Tip Burnt Ends. 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 Beef & Brisket Rub then smoked low and slow until tender and smoky. It’s then cubed into bite-size pieces then smoked again in a luscious BBQ sauce with added Dr. Pepper, honey, Worcestershire, brown sugar and butter. The sauce caramelizes into delicious sweet and sticky nuggets that are sure to disappear in minutes.

Wood Pellet Recommendation

In order to bring out the smoky, beefy flavor in this recipe we recommend using our Classic Hardwood Pellets.

Note: This recipe uses Pit Boss Beef & Brisket Rub Seasoning.

  1. Fire up your Pit Boss Platinum Series KC Combo on SMOKE mode and let it run with lid open for 10 minutes then set it to 225° F. If using a gas or charcoal grill, set it up for low, indirect heat.
  2. Rub the mustard all over the tri tip, then season with Beef & Brisket rub.
  3. Place the tri tip directly on the grill grates and smoke until the internal temperature reaches 165° F (about 2 1/2 hours).
  4. Remove the tri tip from the grill and wrap it in Pit Boss butcher paper. Return the tri tip to the grill and continue to smoke until the internal temperature reaches 200° F (an additional 2 ½ to 3 hours).
  5. Remove the tri tip from the grill, and rest for 30 minutes, or rest and refrigerate overnight.
  6. Increase the grill temperature to 275° F.
  7. Cube into ½ inch to ¾ inch pieces, then place cubed tri tip in a large cast iron skillet.
  8. Stir together BBQ sauce, Dr. Pepper, honey, and worcestershire sauce in a jar or mixing bowl, then pour over the cubed tri tip. Dot with butter, then sprinkle brown sugar over the top.
  9. Place skillet on the grill grate, over indirect heat. Cook for 1 ½ to 2 hours, rotating pieces halfway through cooking. Sauce will have reduced, coated and slightly char the tri tip. Remove from the grill and serve warm.

Special Tools

  • Cast Iron Skillet
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Pit Boss Peach Paper

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Looking for a tasty side to go with this decadent recipe? Try some classic, creamy mac and cheese topped with bacon and some roasted broccoli.

Diet Info

  • Low Carb

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