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Tri Tip Steak and Homemade BBQ Sauce

What makes this Tri-Tip Steak recipe especially delicious is the homemade bbq sauce. It is my favorite bbq sauce in the world, it is tangy and a little sweet and has just enough of a little spicy kick to make it amazing!
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Barbecue, BBQ, Tri-tip
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 290kcal
Author Emily Walker


  • Outdoor Barbecue Grill


  • 2 pounds Tri Tip Steak (also called Tri Tip Roast)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Rub Ingredients

For The Homemade BBQ Sauce:


  • Let the tri tip sit out at room temperature at least 20 minutes before grilling.
  • Mix rub ingredients together in a small bowl.
  • Use a pair of clean rubber or plastic gloves to rub the tri tip with olive oil, covering it completely. Then rub the spices evenly over the meat.
  • Grill over medium heat for 10 minutes on each side with direct heat. Continue to grill another 30 minutes with indirect heat. Use a meat thermometer to determine when the steak is cooked to your preference. For a medium cooked trip tip steak, the center temperature should reach 155 degrees.
  • When there is about 15 minutes left, baste the tri-tip with half of the homemade bbq sauce- recipe below.
  • Let the meat sit for at least 5 minutes after removing from the grill before cutting into it. Cut into thin slices and serve with the remaining bbq sauce for dipping.

For The Homemade BBQ Sauce:

  • Warm the vegetable oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute or until the garlic turns golden.
  • Add the remaining sauce ingredients, including Tabasco sauce to taste, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer about 15 minutes.
  • Divide the sauce in half (you will use half to baste the tri tip and the other half for dipping).


Calories: 290kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 74mg | Sodium: 675mg | Potassium: 498mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 164IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 2mg