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℉.
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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.
Place tri-tip in the marinade and turn to coat. Marinate for 1 to 2 hours, covered, turning the steak halfway through.
When ready to cook, set temperature to 180℉ and preheat, lid closed for 15 minutes. For optimal flavor, use Super Smoke if available.
Place the steak directly on the grill grate and smoke for 1 hour. Do not discard the marinade.
Remove tri-tip from grill and turn the grill up to High and preheat, lid closed for 15 minutes. For optimal results, set to 500℉ if available.
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.
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!
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