BBQ Desert Dusted Tri-Tip

BBQ Desert Dusted Tri-Tip

Serves: 8-10

Cooktime: See below - depending on desired Temperature


  • 2.5-3.5 pound piece of Tri-tip
  • Desert Dust - Any flavor (we used original)

How to BBQ Tri-Tip:

  1. Preparation:

    • Remove the tri-tip from the refrigerator and let it sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes to an hour before adding Desert Dust.
    • Pat the tri-tip dry with paper towels to remove excess moisture.
  2. Seasoning:

    • Apply a generous amount of your favorite Desert Dust to all sides of the tri-tip. Make sure to massage the rub into the meat to ensure even coverage. Allow to marinate for 30 minutes to 1 hour
  3. Preheat the Grill:

    • Preheat your BBQ grill to medium-high heat (around 375-400°F or 190-204°C). If using a charcoal grill, arrange the coals to create a two-zone fire.
  4. Grilling:

    • Place the seasoned tri-tip directly onto the grill grate over the heat source.
    • Grill the tri-tip for about 5-7 minutes per side to sear the outside and lock in juices.
    • Once both sides are seared, move the tri-tip to the cooler part of the grill (indirect heat) or reduce the heat to medium-low.
  5. Cooking to Desired temperature:

    • Continue cooking the tri-tip with the lid closed, flipping occasionally, until it reaches your desired level of doneness. Use a meat thermometer to check for doneness:
      • 130-135°F (54-57°C) for medium-rare
      • 140-145°F (60-63°C) for medium
      • 150-155°F (66-68°C) for medium-well
      • 160°F (71°C) and above for well-done.
    • Tri-tip is best served medium-rare to medium to maintain its tenderness and juiciness.
  6. Resting:

    • Once the tri-tip reaches the desired temperature, remove it from the grill and transfer it to a cutting board.
    • Tent the tri-tip loosely with aluminum foil and let it rest for about 10-15 minutes. This allows the juices to redistribute throughout the meat, ensuring a juicy end result.
  7. Slicing:

    • After resting, slice the tri-tip against the grain into thin slices using a sharp knife. This helps ensure tenderness by shortening the muscle fibers.
    • Serve the sliced tri-tip immediately as the main dish or as part of a sandwich, salad, or other dishes.
  8. Enjoy!

    • Serve your Desert Dusted tri-tip with your favorite sides and enjoy the delicious flavors you've created!