By Chef Alli

Smoked Tri-Tip Beef Roast with Chimichurri Sauce

beef with chimichurri sauce


  • 1 Tri-Tip Beef Roast, around 2 lbs, give or take
  • 1-2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 2 Tbs. salt and fresh ground pepper (equal parts, mixed together)

Chimichurri sauce

  • 1/2 cup fresh Italian parsley
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro 
  • 1/2 - 1 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced 
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbs. balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper


Preheat smoker to 225 degrees.

Cover the tri-tip in olive oil and sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper. I mean it when I say "liberally." Don’t be afraid to get a nice crust on there.

Place the seasoned  tri-tip roast on the smoker, unwrapped, for 60-90 minutes, cooking only until the internal temperature reaches 127 - 130 degrees F for medium rare. 

Remove tri-tip and wrap tightly in foil; place into a cooler (without ice) to keep warm for 30-60 minutes. This will continue the cooking process to raise the internal temperature of the meat another 5 degrees, plus this rest will also allow your tri-tip to become extremely tender as the juices slowly redistribute into the meat.

Meanwhile make your chimichurri sauce by placing parsley, cilantro, red pepper flakes, and garlic into bowl of a food processor; pulse to combine, then as food processor is running, add olive oil and vinegar, processing until smooth. Adjust salt and pepper to taste. 

To slice tri-tip, place onto a large cutting board and carefully unwrap. Cut beef across the grain into 3/4” slices. 

Serve drizzled with chimichurri sauce, along with your favorite side dishes. 

  • Chef Alli

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