Grilled Tri-Tip

May 4, 2023 | Beef, Main Course, Recipes

Prep Time:     15 mins     Cook Time: 35 mins     Additional Time: 1 hrs 5 mins      Total Time: 1 hrs 55 mins     Servings: 8


This recipe for grilled tri-tip with a delicious dry rub tastes gourmet but is actually quite simple to prepare. It is the ideal meal for guests. It will certainly impress!



4 pounds tri-tip roast

4 cloves garlic, peeled and very thinly sliced

⅓ cup salt

⅓ cup black pepper

⅓ cup garlic salt



1. Using a sharp knife, cut small slits in the top of the roast; insert garlic slices into the slits.


Garlic slices inserted into the slits made on the tri-tip.


2. Mix salt, pepper, and garlic salt together in a small bowl; rub all over the tri-tip and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or up to 1 day. Remove tri-tip from the refrigerator about 20 minutes before grilling.


Salt, pepper and garlic mixed together and rubbed on the tri-tip.


3. Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat and lightly oil the grate.


4. Place the meat directly above the flame to sear the meat and lock in the juices, about 5 to 10 minutes per side.


Tri-tip cooking on a grill.


5. Turn the grill down to medium heat and continue to cook, turning occasionally, for another 25 to 30 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read 145 degrees F (63 degrees C) for medium-rare. Let stand, covered loosely with aluminum foil, for 5 minutes before slicing.


Grilled tri-tip resting on a cutting board before slicing.



Tri-tip is not a common cut where I live, so I usually call the butcher at my local grocery store and request it the day before I need to prepare it.


Editor’s Note:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of dry rub. The actual amount of dry rub consumed will vary.

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