Smoked Tri-Tip with Green Pipian Romesco Sauce

BY: Jess Pryles

  • cooking-duration 2 Hours
  • servings 4 SERVINGS
  • cooking-style smoker
  • cooking-mode moderate

Jess Pryles, the Professional Hardcore Carnivore shows you how to make smoked tri-tip with a unique romesco sauce made with pumpkin seeds.


Smoked Tri-Tip

  • 1 Snake River Farms American Wagyu Tri-Tip (about 2.5 lbs.) Buy Now

  • OR

  • 1 Double R Ranch Tri-Tip (about 2.5 lbs.) Buy Now

  • Salt & pepper or your preferred seasoning rub

Green Pipian Romesco Sauce

  • 1 cup pumpkin seeds

  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds

  • 1 onion, peeled & roughly chopped

  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled

  • 2 poblano peppers, seeded and roughly chopped

  • 1 lb tomatillo (preferably fresh), husks removed and roughly chopped.

  • 1/2 cup chicken stock

  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil

  • 1 bunch cilantro

  • Juice of 1-2 limes

  • Salt to taste


Heat a smoker to run at 250 degrees F.
10 Minutes
Trim the steak of any silverskin/membrane on the surface using a filet knife. This step isn't essential, but here's why you want to do it: unlike fat, which renders during cooking, silverskin doesn't break down and can result in a chewier bite.
2 Minutes
Season well with salt and pepper, then place into the smoker. If you have one, insert a probe to monitor temperature. If you don't have a probe device, use a meat thermometer to start checking the internal temperature at about 1.5 hours in.
1.5 Hours
Once the internal temp at the thickest part reaches 130-135 degrees, remove the meat from the smoker and wrap tightly in foil or butchers paper. Allow to rest 20 minutes.
20 Minutes
After resting, slice against the grain into 1/4" strips and serve immediately with the Green Romesco.
2 Minutes
In a dry skillet, toast the pumpkin seeds until they just start to turn golden brown and pop. Do not let them cook beyond this stage or they will be bitter. Remove from pan and set aside.
3 Minutes
Toast the sesame seeds until golden, then remove and pour into bowl with pumpkin seeds.
2 Minutes
Add 1 tbsp oil to the pan, then brown the onion, garlic cloves and poblano strips until they soften and a little color has developed.
3 Minutes
Place the pumpkin and sesame seeds in a blender or food processor. Add a little of the chicken stock. Blend until combined.
3 Minutes
Add the peppers, onions, garlic and tomatillos, along with the rest of the chicken stock. Blend until well combined, about 3-5 minutes. If the mixture is sticking to the sides and too dry, add the oil and a little extra chicken stock.
5 Minutes
Finally, add the cilantro bunch and the lime juice, as well as 1 tsp salt. Blend, then add more salt to taste. Will store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.
3 Minutes