Slow Cooker BBQ Tri-Tip

5 from 3 votes

This BBQ Tri-Tip is super easy to make in your Slow Cooker. Perfect on its own or on your favorite for a delicious sandwich!

slow cooker bbq tri tip

So what do you do when you crave some BBQ Tri-Tip but the weather won’t allow you to use your grill? You can make it in a slow cooker with this simple recipe.

Tri-Tip is a triangular-shaped piece of beef located at the bottom of the sirloin region of the cow. It’s pretty lean but has just enough fat to keep it juicy and flavorful during cooking.

This cut of meat gained popularity in California during the 1950s and is now a favorite across the US and probably a few other countries.

raw tri-tip

Try to resist as much as possible the temptation to open the lid while it’s cooking as the slow cooker loses heat. By just opening the lid to stir the contents can make the internal temperature drop by 10°F to 15°F.

tri-tip in slow cooker withe marinade

If you don’t have any Coca-Cola, you can use Pepsi, Dr Pepper, or whatever brand you prefer. Make sure though you use the “full sugar” kind, not the diet version.

tri-tip roast fresh out of the slow cooker
Fresh out of the Slow Cooker

Another option is to marinate your tri-tip in an equal amount of beer instead of soda. Any brand will do as all we are looking to do is tenderize the beef and inject a bit of flavor.

slices of tri-tip on bread

Cook times may vary based on the slow cooker’s brand, size, model, etc. as well as the actual weight of the tri-tip roast. I strongly suggest you use a thermometer to track the internal temperature of the roast.

slow cooker bbq tri tip sandwich

Once the tri-tip is done, you can either serve the slices of tri-tip with your favorite sides or make a delicious BBQ tri-tip sandwich.

bbq tri tip sandwich

I like to use a sliced French baguette or a ciabatta bun and I usually add a little more of the BBQ sauce I used for the marinade for extra flavor.

tri-tip sandwich with potato salad

You will need the following ingredients to make this BBQ Tri-Tip recipe in the Slow Cooker (see recipe card for quantities): Tri-Tip, Coca-Cola, Light Brown Sugar, BBQ Sauce.

  1. Place the Tri-Tip in a 1-gallon freezer bag. Add the soda to the bag, seal and refrigerate overnight.
  2. Place the Tri-Tip, soda, BBQ sauce, and brown sugar fat side up in the slow cooker. The liquid should just about cover the tri-tip.
  3. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or 3-4 hours on high, until the internal temperature is about 135°F-140°F.
  4. Remove the tri-tip from the slow cooker and let rest for 10-15 minutes before slicing it against the grain. Before slicing you can optionally remove any unwanted fat from the roast.

Printable Recipe Card

bbq tri-tip sandwich

Slow Cooker BBQ Tri-Tip

This BBQ Tri-Tip is super easy to make in your Slow Cooker. Perfect on its own or on your favorite for a delicious sandwich!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time4 hours
Marinating Time 1 day
Total Time1 day 4 hours 5 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Author Rodney
Servings 6
Calories 364 kcal

Equipment

  • Slow Cooker

Ingredients
 

  • 1 Tri-Tip
  • 12 oz Coca Cola, not diet
  • ¼ cup Light Brown Sugar
  • 16 oz BBQ Sauce, brand & flavor of your choice

Instructions
 

  • Place the Tri-Tip in a 1-gallon freezer bag. Add the soda to the bag, seal and refrigerate overnight.
  • Place the Tri-Tip, soda, BBQ sauce, and brown sugar fat side up in the slow cooker. The liquid should just about cover the tri-tip.
  • Cook on low for 6-8 hours or 3-4 hours on high, until the internal temperature is about 135°F-140°F.
  • Remove the tri-tip from the slow cooker and let rest for 10-15 minutes before slicing it against the grain. Before slicing you can optionally remove any unwanted fat from the roast.

Notes

Cook times may vary based on the slow cooker’s brand, size, model, etc.

Nutrition

Calories: 364kcalCarbohydrates: 45gProtein: 24gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.5gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 74mgSodium: 844mgPotassium: 553mgFiber: 1gSugar: 39gVitamin A: 169IUVitamin C: 0.5mgCalcium: 61mgIron: 2mg

Nutritional information provided for this recipe is based on 1 serving. This information is an estimate and may vary based on several factors. If nutritional information is important to you and your diet, please verify this recipe with a Registered Dietitian.

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One Comment

  1. Anna says:

    The Tri-Tip was delicious. The marinade with the cola really made a big difference.

5 from 3 votes (2 ratings without comment)

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