smoking tri tip

Discussion in 'Beef' started by jiml100, Apr 15, 2013.

  1. jiml100

    jiml100 Newbie

    i have a new vertical master forge gas smoker and have to smoke 10 -2.5 pound tri tips this friday, any suggestions on how long that would take.  will put rub on thursday morning, that let them set out on friday morning to warm up a bit. then put them in the smoker all at once. never used it before.
  2. pgsmoker64

    pgsmoker64 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Instead of smoking the entire time you might consider the reverse sear method!

    Keep the tri-tips on the smoker for about 2 hours or so - til they reach an IT of about 125 give or take, lower for rarer, higher for more done.

    Pull them off the smoker and sear on a blazin hot grill for about 3 minutes on each side!  You will never taste anything better.

  3. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Tri-tips don't take very long, I run mine smoker at 265* and they are done in about 2- 2.5 hours. That's cooked to an IT of 130*-135*, then foil and rest for 30 minutes. Ten will take the same amount of time as one. One thing though is you're going to loose a bunch of heat when you put them on. Take your smoker up to 300* then put them on, the temps going to drop a bunch. Watch and adjust the temp as you get close to the temp you want the smoker. Here's a few of my last smokes. Granted not in my gas smoker, but I do the same thing when I use it.  I would also recommend that you put sand in your water pan, or if you don''t want to do that, don't use the water pan. The sand gives a better thermal mass and helps with temp swings.
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  4. luke duke

    luke duke Newbie

    I second the reverse sear method. I cook them to ~115F on a 225F smoker. Then I sear them to medium rare.

    These are Wagyu tri-tips

    Last edited: Apr 16, 2013
  5. jiml100

    jiml100 Newbie

    thanks guys that was my next question ? does 10 take the same as one ? but you already answered it . thanks. it will be first time so well see what happens, i just hope i dont have 50 people mad at me. but ill give the boy scout try.  so if i start at 3 pm you think they would be ready buy

    6 pm or so, i have 34 pounds of tri tip, i think there is 12 roasts. as long as i keep the temp up around what 225 230 ?  its a boy scout event in san diego this weekend im doing for our troop at the stadium, i cook every year just never smoked.  thanks for all the info...
  6. jiml100

    jiml100 Newbie

    by the way guys, do i get the smoker going up to 225 first before the meat goes in at all.       i was going to use soaked apple wood chips for the smoking.
  7. michief

    michief Smoke Blower

    Yes you want the smoker at temp before putting the meat on

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  8. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    As I stated in my first post If you can,  get the smoker above your targeted temp by 25*-30*. The thermal mass from that much meat is going to drop the temp a bunch. I would shoot for a smoker temp of 265* unless you plan on reverse searing.

    There is no need to soak the wood ships.
  9. jiml100

    jiml100 Newbie

    ok didnt get the smoker in time,  so is there any way to cook 12 tri tips at home on thursday and serve them friday ??????   all the chargers are letting us use at the fair is a 6 foot long flat top grill like for pancakes..   dont know what to do now... any ideas would help...
  10. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Do you have a bbq? If not you can cook them in the oven.

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