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    Coffee and Spice Smoked Tri-Tip

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    2 hrs 15 mins

    15 mins

    2 hrs

    PaulaG's Note:

    This is a version of a recipe that was emailed to me by Williams-Sonoma. The recipe called for their coffee and spice rub. Fortunately, I was able to develop an alternative to the purchased rub. Serve this with flour tortillas, Spanish rice and Chipotle Guacamole.

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    Ancho-Coffee and Rub



    1. 1
      To prepare the rub: Place the ingredients in a heated heavy skillet.
    2. 2
      Shake together and allow to toast for 1 minute or until mixture begins to release a strong aroma.
    3. 3
      Pour into a spice or coffee grinder and grind to a coarse powder.
    4. 4
      Rub the tri-tip on all sides with the spice rub; sprinkle with salt to taste.
    5. 5
      Place meat in a sealable plastic bag, seal and place in the refrigerator for 8 hours or overnight.
    6. 6
      Remove the meat from the plastic bag and place on rack of smoker that has been preheated to 225deg.
    7. 7
      Combine the maple syrup and hot sauce; begin basting every 1/2 hour after the first hour.
    8. 8
      Smoke the tri-tip until an instant read thermometer inserted into the center registers 130deg. for medium-rare (approximately 2 to 3 hours).
    9. 9
      Transfer the meat to a carving board, cover loosely with aluminum foil and let rest for 20 minutes.
    10. 10
      Slice the meat thinly across the grain and arrange on a warmed serving platter, sprinkle with salt.
    11. 11
      Serve with chipotle guacamole and Spanish rice.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on June 20, 2010


      Very good!!!! I used New Mexico Chile powder, but other than that I followed the directions on the rub. My DH forgot to do the glaze and some people still declared it the best beef they've ever had!!

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    Nutritional Facts for Coffee and Spice Smoked Tri-Tip

    Serving Size: 1 (27 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 345.9
    Calories from Fat 183
    Total Fat 20.3 g
    Saturated Fat 7.9 g
    Cholesterol 98.2 mg
    Sodium 341.6 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 10.0 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.5 g
    Sugars 8.1 g
    Protein 29.5 g

    The following items or measurements are not included:

    tri-tip steak

    coffee beans

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