Smoked Tri-Tip Chili

We love Chili around here, and the season is right. Instead of ground beef, we take a page out of the competition chili handbook and swapped to tri-tip as it is lean, and will continue to stay tender when braised without falling apart. Enjoy!

Smoked Tri-Tip Chili



Preheat your Yoder Smokers YS640 Pellet Grill to 225ºF, set up for smoking. Trim excess fat and silver skin from the outside of the tri-tip roasts. Rub the roasts with a thin layer of binder (oil, mustard, hot sauce, etc.). Season all surfaces with Cattleman’s Grill Steakhouse Seasoning. Smoke the tri-tips on the second shelf for 60-90 minutes until the internal temperature of 115ºF-120ºF.

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Remove from the grill and allow to rest for 20 minutes. Dice into bite-sized pieces. Remove the second shelf from the cooker and turn the temperature up to 400ºF. Also, place a Lodge 7-Quart Dutch Oven in the cooker to preheat. Add a couple of tablespoons of vegetable oil in the dutch oven. Add the onions and poblanos. Cook until onions are translucent and softened. Add the garlic and tomatoes. Cook for 2-3 minutes. Add the beans, beef stock, and seasonings. Cover with the lid and cook until the chili is thickened and tri-tip is falling apart, 2.5 – 3 hours.

Yoder Smokers YS640 Pellet Grill


  1. Dwight Corrin
    February 12, 2018

    I made chili this weekend. Besides fresh chiles I used ancho, guajillo, and chipotles. I roasted and soaked these, and used some of the water from the soak instead of broth.

  2. Brian Millwe
    April 25, 2019

    Hi. Looks like a great recipe but I am wondering if you cooked the chili at 400 degrees for 3 hours or did you lower the heat. Thanks

    1. Rick findley
      January 25, 2020

      400° for the 2.5-3 hours. I made this turned out great.


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