I recently had the opportunity to do some recipe creation for Coca-Cola and got to film the recipe for a spot that aired on NBC during a NASCAR race. On top of that I got to hang out with two NASCAR drivers, Bubba Wallace and Daniel Suarez. I actually did three recipes. One of the other recipes was Ancho Coffee Wings with Adobo Honey Butter can be found here. I’m still working on the write up for the third recipe. You can see the video spot that aired on NBC here with all three recipes:

Now on to this recipe, Mesquite smoked Tri Tip Tacos which also has a lime sour creme. This recipe was supposed to be inspired by Texas which is what Coca-Cola asked for. Beef is king in Texas. And since these are tailgating recipes, I decided to skip going with brisket as most people don’t head down to the parking lot 15 hours early to make a brisket. So I went with tri tip to save considerable time and still have that required Texas beef.

Mesquite smoked tri tip taco ingredients:

1 tri tip, about 1.5-2.5 lbs
Fresh ground black pepper
Your favorite BBQ rub
Flour tortilla shells
1/2 cup olive oil
1 cup sour cream
Juice of one lime
Fresh grated cotija cheese

First up, season up the tri tip by hitting it with salt, pepper and your favorite BBQ rub. Then prep the grill for two zone grilling with coals on one side and nothing on the other. Put the meat on the side with no heat and some smoke wood on the coals, in this case mesquite. Or in the case of my Char-Griller AKORN, I put the smokin’ stone between the coals (and smoke wood) and my seasoned tri tip:

Target temp inside the cooker is 250 degrees

Now go prepare the tortillas by brushing one side of the tortillas with oil and set aside until after we finish the tri tip.

While the tri tip is smoking, which will be 30-45 minutes, depending on the size of the tri tip and heat of the fire, make the lime sour cream. Simply squeeze one lime over a cup of sour cream and put in a sauce squirt bottle like one you would put ketchup or mustard in:

When the tri tip hits 110F internal (about 30-45 minutes), pull it from the grill and crank up the heat. Sear it all the way around and it should hit around 135 or in this case 138 according to my Thermapen:

Set the tri tip aside and let it rest for about 10 minutes. While the tri tip is resting, slap those tortilla shells on the hot coals, oiled side down and brush the top of the tortillas with oil:

Don’t walk away from these for a second. They will brown in no time. Keep checking the underside to of the tortillas:

Once the tortillas are browned on each side, pull them from the grill, carve the tri tip, and fill the shells with some mesquite smoked beef and some optional peppers and cilantro, then hit the tacos with the lime sour cream and sprinkle with fresh grated cotija cheese:

And of course, pair it with an ice cold Coke

I know some folks are clamoring for corn tortillas, but they took forever to cook and just didn’t have the crunch we were looking for that the wheat tortillas delivered. Reverse seared tri tip is so good in a taco or not. The crew mowed down the steak so fast after we finished shooting.

If you have any questions, feel free to leave them below or shoot me an email 

Mesquite Smoked, Tri Tip Tacos
Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Tacos
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Reverse seared tri tip, smoked with mesquite wood, stuffed into grilled taco shells and slathered with lime sour cream
  • 1 tri tip, about 1.5-2.5 lbs
  • Salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • Your favorite BBQ rub
  • Flour tortilla shells
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • Juice of one lime
  • Fresh grated cotija cheese
  1. Season the tri tip with salt, pepper and your favorite BBQ rub
  2. Set up the grill for 2 zone grilling and smoke the tri tip at 250 until it reaches an internal temp of 110 degrees
  3. While the tri tip is smoking slather one side of the tortillas with the olive oil and mix up the lime sour cream
  4. Once the tri tip reaches an internal temperature of 110, remove the roast from the grill and crank up the heat
  5. When the grill is raging hot, sear the tri tip on both sides until the it reaches an internal temperature of 135-145
  6. Remove from the heat and let rest
  7. While the tri tip is resting, slap the tortillas on the grill, oiled side down and oil the tops
  8. Brown the tortillas on each side and then stuff with sliced tri tip, some optional peppers and cilantro and drizzle with the sour cream
  9. Sprinkle with fresh grated cotija cheese

Scott Thomas

Scott Thomas

Scott Thomas, the Original Grillin’ Fool, was sent off to college with a suitcase and a grill where he overcooked, undercooked and burned every piece of meat he could find. After thousands of failures, and quite a few successes, nearly two decades later he started a website to show step by step, picture by picture, foolproof instructions on how to make great things out of doors so that others don’t have to repeat the mistakes he’s made on the grill.
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