Tri Tip: A Unique Twist on Brisket Cooking

Tri tip cooked like a brisket? It may sound unusual, but this cooking technique offers a flavorful and exciting way to prepare tri tip. If you’re a fan of both tender brisket and juicy steak, this method is definitely worth a try. Let’s explore how to create this mouthwatering combination.

Sliced tri tip cooked like a brisket on peach butcher paper surrounded by pickles, jalapenos, and onions.

Is Tri Tip Brisket Possible?

Believe it or not, you can cook tri tip just like you would a brisket. This idea was introduced by the Facebook group Camp Chef Smoker Smokers, and it immediately sparked curiosity and excitement. To achieve fall-apart tender meat, it’s crucial to start with a prime cut tri tip that has enough fat content. Unlike brisket, tri tip is leaner, so the presence of adequate fat is essential for a juicy and delicious result.

If you happen to find a tri tip with a fat cap on top, consider yourself lucky. This type of tri tip is perfect for smoking like a brisket, as it provides additional moisture and flavor. Your taste buds are in for a treat!

Seasoned tri tip on a metal baking sheet.

Cooking Tri Tip in Brisket Style

Cooking tri tip in a brisket-style manner closely resembles smoking a brisket. However, a few adjustments need to be made to accommodate the different meat type. Rest assured, this unique technique will surprise and delight your palate. Even my youngest declared it as the best brisket steak he’s ever had. It combines the tenderness and smokiness of brisket with the distinct flavor profile of a steak. It’s a winning combination that’s perfect for those times when you crave the taste of brisket but lack the time to smoke an entire cut.

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To begin your tri tip-brisket journey, generously slather the entire tri tip with yellow mustard. This acts as a binder and helps to create a beautiful bark. Next, season all sides of the tri tip liberally with my Signature Beef Seasoning from Patio Provisions. If you don’t have this seasoning on hand, using my Brisket Rub will work just as well.

Meat thermometer inserted into a tri tip on a grill with the thermometer reading 162 degrees F.

How to Cook Tri Tip Like a Brisket

Once your tri tip is seasoned, it’s time to get it on the smoker. Follow the instructions below for an exceptional result:

  1. Preheat and smoke: Preheat your smoker to 225 degrees F. Place the seasoned tri tip directly on the grill grates and smoke for 4-5 hours or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F.
  2. Wrap: Remove the tri tip from the smoker and tightly wrap it in peach butcher paper.
  3. Finish smoking: Place the wrapped tri tip back on the smoker and continue to smoke for another 3-4 hours until the internal temperature reaches 200 degrees F. It’s important to stop precisely at 200 degrees F to maintain the steak’s structure, as it has less fat than a traditional brisket.

Smoked tri tip on top of peach butcher paper.

Tips for Cooking Tri Tip Like a Brisket

To help you create the best tri tip-brisket combo, here are some valuable tips to keep in mind:

  • Keep smoker temps low: This prevents the brisket from drying out on the edges.
  • Wrap in butcher paper: Use high-quality peach butcher paper to retain moisture without compromising the bark. If you don’t have any, heavy-duty aluminum foil can be a substitute. Just ensure it’s tightly wrapped to prevent liquid from pooling and steaming the meat.
  • Cook to temperature: Use an instant-read meat thermometer to monitor the internal temperature of your tri tip. Remove it from the smoker as soon as it reaches 200 degrees F.
  • Rest the meat: Allow the tri tip to rest for 30-45 minutes before slicing and serving.
  • Slice against the grain: Tri tip changes direction in the grain, so start slicing one way and then rotate the meat to follow the grain.
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Tri tip wrapped in Rowdy Hog branded peach butcher paper on the smoker.

The Taste of Success

If you’re looking for a simple yet tasty tri tip recipe, give one of these options a try. Each offers a unique flavor experience, so why not explore them all and let your taste buds be the judge?

  • Grilled Tri Tip
  • Smoked Tri Tip
  • Smoky Joe Coffee Rubbed Tri Tip

Sliced tri tip cooked like a brisket on peach butcher paper surrounded by pickles, jalapenos, onions, and BBQ sauce.

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