Delicious smokey tri tip

This has got to be the best smoked tri-tip I have ever tasted, thanks to Sunshine and his Pit Barrel Cooker.  The meat is so tender and juicy.  Just look at it glistening!

The pit barrel cooker is a 30 gallon steel drum equipped with a basket for charcoal and 2 steel rods for hanging meat or poultry.  There is an adjustable damper at the bottom of the drum that controls how much air is allowed into the pit barrel.  It’s the perfect combination of a smoker and a BBQ.

Words to live by

First things first.  Sunshine needs to prep the Pit Barrel Cooker.  He removed the lid and pulled out the basket and filled it with regular Kingsford brickets, gave it a good squirt of lighter fluid and placed it back into the Pit Barrel Cooker.  Then he lit the brickets and let it burn, uncovered, for 15 minutes.

Massage the tri tip with olive oil

While the Pit Barrel Cooker is heating up, Sunshine gives the tri-tip a nice rub down with olive oil.  Nice shirt, Sunshine.

Season the tri tip to taste

He seasons both sides of the tri-tip with the All-Purpose Pit Rub from the Pit Barrel Cooker Company.  It’s a great seasoning for chicken and pork as well.

Hook the seasoned tri tip

Hook it, Sunshine!

Tri tip, ready for the pit barrel cooker

The Pit Barrel Cooker is ready and so is the tri-tip!  Cover and cook for 35-40 minutes for medium-rare.  Just walk away from the Pit Barrel Cooker.  No need to peek.  Just saying.


The tri-tip is ready to pull out of the Pit Barrel Cooker.

Sunshine and his tri tip

It looks great, Sunshine!

Pit Barrel Tri Tip

Amazing tri-tip!  Let it rest for at least 10-15 minutes to let the juices settle.  It will be tempting to slice in right away.  Don’t do it.

Smoked Tri Tip

Slice it thin across the grain.  It’s so delicious!

Ribs are next….4th of July!