Brisket Style Tri Tip

Cook Time

300 mins

Cooking Method






Prep Time

10 mins




BBQ Sauce

Dill Pickles


To Taste, Java Chophouse Seasoning

2 tbsp Mustard

Onion, sliced & minced

2 lbs Tri Tip Steak

Cooking Instructions

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 and full marbling, making it similar to brisket in terms of tender, beefy flavor. The tri tip is slathered in mustard and a generous dusting of Java Chophouse, then smoked low and slow and crutched until tender. Slice and serve with your favorite BBQ fixin’s. 

Wood Pellet Recommendation 

In order to bring out the smoky flavor from this try tip recipe, we recommend using our Mesquite Blend Hardwood Pellets

Note: This recipe uses Pit Boss Grills Java Chop House Seasoning

  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 Java Chophouse.
  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 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).
  6. Remove the tri tip from the grill, and rest for 30 minutes. Slice thin and serve with pickles, jalapeño, onion, and BBQ sauce, if desired.

Special Tools

  • Butcher Paper

Bigger. Hotter. Heavier. Tip

Looking to take your tri tip’s flavor to the next level? Try dry-brining the meat by coating it in salt the night before you prepare it.

Diet Info

  • Low Carb

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