How To Reheat Tri Tip (4 Easy Methods)

If you smoke a tri-tip roast you may end up with leftovers.

It would be a shame to throw out any leftover tri tip !

This guide to reheating leftover tri-tip tells you everything you need to know!

What Is Tri-Tip?

Tri-tip is a triangular cut of meat that comes from the sirloin. The tri-tip steak is tender and flavorful.

How To Store Tri-Tip

Tri-tip leftovers can last three days with proper handling.

The most important thing to remember is to refrigerate them within two hours.

It is best to store the tri-tip intact so it retains moisture. 

If you slice it before refrigerating it, that’s fine. Just remember to add some liquid to the tri-tip slices when reheating them.

How To Reheat Tri-Tip

There are many ways to reheat tri-tip so you can enjoy a delicious leftover tri-tip dish.

Properly reheating the meat will prevent you from having dry meat.

After learning about each reheating method, you can choose your preferred method.

Sous Vide

The sous vide method is quite easy if you have the proper equipment.

To use this method, just vacuum seal the meat in a bag and cook that bag in a pot of water.

Since the tri-tip roast won’t have direct contact with the heat source, it has no chance of overheating. This is a preferred method by many professional chefs.

How To Sous Vide Leftover Tri-Tip

Place the meat in a resealable bag and remove any air. Then place the bag in a stockpot, fill the pot halfway with water, and place the pot in a saucepan on a stove burner.

Keep the water temperature at 130°-140° for 40-50 minutes. You can use an instant-read thermometer to monitor the water temperature.


The oven method is a simple method that many people prefer.

It is the best way to reheat a smoked tri-tip roast.

How To Reheat Tri Tip In An Oven

Place the tri-tip on a roasting rack above a baking dish filled with a few cups of water. Even a baking sheet would work if you use a bit less water.


Heat the oven to 250°. Cook the meat in the preheated oven until the meat reaches an internal temperature of 165°.

For best results, use the middle rack. This should take about 20-45 minutes, depending on the size of the piece of meat.

If the meat needs more time, cook in five-minute increments. Use a food thermometer to check the internal temperature.

Stove Top

The stove-top method is effective, especially if you want to add more flavor.

How To Reheat Tri Tip On The Stove Top

Heat half a cup of gravy, beef broth, or your preferred sauce in the medium heat temperature range. Once the liquid starts to boil, add the tri-tip.

Cover the saucepan with a lid to prevent moisture loss.

Cook for fifteen minutes and turn over the meat. Cook for about fifteen more minutes until the tri-tip is evenly heated. 


Microwaving may be the fastest method.

It may also cause a lot of steam so be careful when you open the microwave.

How To Microwave Leftover Tri-Tip

Wrap the meat in a microwave-safe bag, baking paper, or wet bread. Add a source of moisture to the microwave. A cup of warm water will work.

Microwave for a few minutes, and occasionally flip meat over. The length of time depends on how much meat you’re reheating.

The Wet Bread Bed Method

If you choose to wrap leftover tri-tip in a wet bread basket, you can omit the extra moisture source. Wet some bread and make a bed for the tri-tip roast. Microwave as usual.

Slow Cooker

Using a slow cooker is a simple method.

This non-aggressive heating method takes more time but results in tasty moisture.

How To Reheat Tri Tip In A Slow Cooker

Add some gravy, water, or your favorite marinade to the slow cooker. Add the meat and cook in a warm setting. 

Cook for 2-4 hours until the meat reaches a suitable internal temperature. Use a trustworthy food thermometer for best results.

Air Fryer

The air fryer method is a preferred method for many.

Since this simple method can result in loss of moisture, it must be done quickly.

How To Reheat Tri Tip In An Air Fryer

Preheat the oven to 370° and cook the meat in three-minute intervals. Once the internal temperature reaches 110°-130°, it is ready to eat.


Grilled tri-tip tastes delicious. It only seems natural to reheat leftovers on the grill, as well.

The grill method works on your backyard grill or your microwave grill. This is a great method for any grill master.

How To Reheat Tri Tip On The Grill

Wrap the meat in aluminum foil and use indirect heat to warm up the tri-tip. When the meat reaches the proper temperature, it is ready to eat.

The layers of aluminum foil can help to retain moisture. Using indirect heat prevents a portion of the meat from burning.

How To Eat Leftover Tri-Tip

If you want to mix things up with your leftovers, try a creative recipe with any extra tri-tip.

Shredded tri tip covered in barbecue sauce is easy to reheat. You can serve it with pasta or as filling for a tri-tip sandwich.

You can also use the extra meat in tri-tip steak quesadillas or a tasty tri-tip chili. 

The options are endless if you substitute it for meat in any of your favorite dishes.

While the reheating process may seem a bit daunting, it becomes easier with practice!

Smoke On!


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