Coffee Rub For Tri Tip

Coffee and beef may not be an obvious pairing, but when combined in this Smoked Coffee Rub Tri Tip recipe, they create an unforgettable flavor experience. The rich and buttery beef of a smoked tri tip roast perfectly complements the homemade coffee rub. This unique tri tip will leave a lasting impression on your taste buds.

Coffee rub tri tip on a wooden cutting board. Text overlay: "Smoked Coffee Rub Tri Tip Roast."

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A Beefy Delight: Smoked Tri Tip Seasoned with Coffee Rub

Indulge in the glory of a beefy delight with Coffee Rub Tri Tip. As someone who loves beef, I can confidently say that tri tip is one of my top 5 favorite cuts. Its beautiful marbling, ease of smoking, and incredible flavor make it a no-brainer for any meat lover. Not only is it beginner-friendly for grillers, but this specific coffee rub tri tip is also an excellent recipe for budding pitmasters.

The tri tip is slow-smoked over indirect heat for 3 hours on a pellet grill before being seared over screaming hot coals. This cooking method combines the best of both worlds: low and slow BBQ and hot and fast grilling. The result is a tender, juicy, and flavor-packed tri tip that will impress your guests.

Tri tip roast seasoned with coffee rub next to a glass bowl of coffee rub.

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The Art of the Coffee Rub for Tri Tip Roast

One of the highlights of this recipe is the coffee rub itself. Don’t be intimidated by the combination of coffee and beef; they actually complement each other remarkably well. Prepare the following ingredients to create the coffee rub:

  • 1 teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee crystals
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon whole coriander (crushed)
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder

Coffee rub tri tip on the grill grates of a smoker.

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How to Smoke the Perfect Coffee Rub Tri Tip

Making this coffee rub tri tip only requires four simple steps. While it does take some time for a nice, low and slow smoke, the process is relatively easy.

  1. Coffee rub: Combine all the coffee rub ingredients in a bowl. Trim any excess fat off the tri tip and season the meat generously on all sides with the coffee rub. Press the rub into the meat for maximum flavor penetration.

  2. Smoke: Preheat your smoker to the lowest setting possible (ideally under 200 degrees F). Place the tri tip directly on the grill grates and close the lid. The smoking time will vary depending on the size and thickness of the tri tip, but use an instant-read meat thermometer to monitor the internal temperature. Cook the meat until it is within 10 degrees of your desired doneness.

  3. Sear: Remove the tri tip from the smoker and crank up the heat to the highest setting. Preheat a cast iron skillet on the grill grates and sear each side of the tri tip for 4-6 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches your desired final temperature.

  4. Rest and Serve: Transfer the tri tip to a cutting board and let it rest for 10 minutes. This allows the juices to redistribute, resulting in a juicy and flavorful roast. Slice the tri tip against the grain and serve.

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Sliced coffee rub tri tip on a wooden cutting board.

More Tri Tip Delights

If you can’t get enough of tri tip, here are some additional recipes you’ll love:

  • Grilled Tri Tip
  • Smoked Tri Tip
  • Tri Tip Cooked Like a Brisket

Join the Coffee Rub Tri Tip Craze

Marmalade Cafe encourages you to explore the fascinating world of Coffee Rub Tri Tip. This recipe will transport your taste buds to new heights with its blend of flavors. Don’t be afraid to try this unexpected combination of coffee and beef; you’ll be pleasantly surprised. For more enticing recipes, visit Marmalade Cafe and embark on a culinary adventure like no other.

Note: This post was originally published in January 2016. We recently updated it with more information and helpful tips. The recipe remains the same.