Coffee and Spice Smoked Tri-Tip

READY IN: 2hrs 15mins
Recipe by PaulaG

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.

Top Review by Charmie777

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!!

Ingredients Nutrition


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

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