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Smoked Longhorn Cowboy Tri-Tip

Smoked Longhorn Cowboy Tri-Tip

By Traeger Kitchen

Matthew Holopirek submitted this recipe for Meat Madness. The coffee grounds give the Tri-Tip a powerful bark to seal in natural juices, for a superbly flavorful main dish.

Prep Time

15 Minutes

Cook Time

4 Hours
30 Minutes




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Units of measurement:
1 (2-3 lb) tri-tip
1/8 Cup coffee grounds
1/4 Cup Traeger Beef Rub


  • 1

    When ready to cook, set Traeger temperature to 180℉ and preheat, lid closed for 15 minutes.

    180 ˚F / 82 ˚C

  • 2

    Rub tri-tip with Traeger Beef Rub and coffee grounds. Place on the grill grate and smoke at 180℉ for 3 hours.

    180 ˚F / 82 ˚C


  • 3

    Remove tri-tip and increase the grill temperature to 275℉.

    275 ˚F / 135 ˚C

  • 4

    Double wrap the tri-tip in foil, return to grill and let cook for 45 to 90 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 130℉ to 135℉.

    275 ˚F / 135 ˚C

    135 ˚F / 57 ˚C

  • 5

    Remove from the grill, unwrap foil and let it rest for 10 minutes before slicing. Enjoy!

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