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Grilled Molasses and Chili Tri-Tip

Grilled Molasses and Chili Tri-Tip

By Amanda Haas

Try a new take on tri-tip with Traeger’s molasses and chili marinade recipe. Simply marinate your tri-tip for up to two hours and then smoke for an hour before bumping up the heat to high and pulling the meat once it hits 130℉.

Prep Time

2 Hours

Cook Time

1 Hours




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1/4 Cup brown sugar
1/4 Cup molasses
3 Tablespoon soy sauce
2 Tablespoon rice vinegar
1 Tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
5 Clove garlic
2 Teaspoon chili powder
1 Teaspoon ginger, minced
1/2 Teaspoon Black pepper
2 Pound tri-tip
2 Tablespoon water


  • 1

    For the Marinade: In a large glass bowl or container, combine the brown sugar, molasses, soy sauce, rice vinegar, olive oil, garlic (crushed and peeled), chili powder, ginger, and black pepper. Whisk to combine.

    • 1/4 Cup brown sugar

    • 1/4 Cup molasses

    • 3 Tablespoon soy sauce

    • 2 Tablespoon rice vinegar

    • 1 Tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

    • 5 Clove garlic

    • 2 Teaspoon chili powder

    • 1 Teaspoon ginger, minced

    • 1/2 Teaspoon Black pepper

  • 2

    Place tri-tip in the marinade and turn to coat. Marinate for 1 to 2 hours, covered, turning the steak halfway through.

    • 2 Pound tri-tip

  • 3

    When ready to cook, set temperature to 180℉ and preheat, lid closed for 15 minutes. For optimal flavor, use Super Smoke if available.

    180 ˚F / 82 ˚C

    Super Smoke

  • 4

    Place the steak directly on the grill grate and smoke for 1 hour. Do not discard the marinade.

    180 ˚F / 82 ˚C

    Super Smoke

  • 5

    Remove tri-tip from grill and turn the grill up to High and preheat, lid closed for 15 minutes. For optimal results, set to 450° if available.

    450 ˚F / 232 ˚C

  • 6

    Place the tri-tip back in the marinade and coat it on both sides. Place the steak back on the grill and cook, turning once, until the internal temperature reaches 135℉, about 5-8 minutes per side. Remove the steak from the grill and allow to rest, uncovered, for 10-15 minutes before slicing.

    450 ˚F / 232 ˚C

    135 ˚F / 57 ˚C

  • 7

    While the steak rests, place the remaining marinade in a saucepan with 2 Tbsp of water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Serve alongside the tri-tip if desired. Enjoy!

    • 2 Tablespoon water

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