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sliced tri tip with avocado, chimichurri and peppers

Easy Charcoal Grilled Tri-Tip

This charcoal grilled tri-tip is about as easy as it gets when it comes to cuts that feed a lot of people. Make this for a big party, serving as sandwiches, tacos or nachos or make for meal planning to have esy beef slices to grab all week long. With a simple spice rub and easy grill, it's the perfect way to master your tri-tip steak game.
Course Main Course
Cuisine barbeque, Fusion, Latin
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Resting Time 20 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 186kcal



Clean the Tri-Tip

  • Remove the beef from the package and pat dry.
  • Trim the steak of any excess fat or siver skin.


  • Liberally season the steak with the umami powder and then coat in the jalapeno pilsner rub, being sure to cover all sides.
    tri tip rubbed with spices
  • Allow the steak to come to room temperture for 20 minutes with the rub on it, or place in fridge for up to 6 hours until ready to grill.


  • Preheat your grill for indirect heat by building a 2-zone fire with the charocal stacked to one side.
  • For added flavor add oak wood chunks.
  • When the grill is holding steady at around 250 degrees, place the steak on the cooler side of the grill.
  • Allow the steak to cook low and slow for about 45 minutes until it temps at 125 to 130 degrees.


  • Finish the steak by searing it over high heat, open up your air intake and allow the grill to get hot.
  • Place the steak on the hot side of the grill or directly on the hot coals, getting a good crust on the outside.
    tri tip on coal


  • Allow the beef to rest for 15 to 20 minutes, to an internal temp of 135 to 140, befor slicing into thin strips against the grain.
  • *See my notes above on how to slice a tri-tip


Serve this with fresh chimichurri, taco shells, and sliced fruits and veggies for everyone to build their own taco bar. 
Both spice blends can be found on Spiceology.com however, you can substitute other umami powders, beef blends, and steak seasonings for this recipe. Use your favorites and experiment. The blend here is pretty outstanding and I highly recommend it. 
Store leftovers wrapped in foil in the fridge for up to 1 week, slicing as needed.  


Serving: 1g | Calories: 186kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 74mg | Sodium: 61mg | Potassium: 380mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 6IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 2mg