Indulge in the luxury of a Caroland Farms 100% Full Blood Wagyu Tri-Tip.

We want to thank chef Rahaf Amer for providing this quick and easy Wagyu Tri-Tip rub recipe.

If you're looking for a simple yet delicious way to elevate the flavor of our 100% Full Blood Wagyu Tri-Tip, look no further!

In this article, we'll guide you through a quick and easy recipe for a flavorful rub that will enhance the natural juiciness of the beef.

By using a combination of citrus zest, sugar, spices, and allowing the rub to marinate overnight, you'll be rewarded with a tender and mouthwatering tri-tip that will impress your family and friends.


  • Zest of 1 Orange
  • Zest of 1 Lemon
  • Sugar (1/2 Cup) ... (can use brown sugar as an alternative)
  • Salt  (2 TBS)
  • Pepper  (1 TBS)
  • Garlic powder  (1 TBS)
  • Onion powder  (1 TBS)
  • Smoked paprika (optional)  (1 TBS)
  • Tri-tip (fat cap scored for better flavor penetration)


1. Prepare the Rub:

  • Start by combining the orange zest, lemon zest, and white sugar (or brown sugar) in a bowl.
  • Gently rub the zest and sugar together, allowing the natural oils from the citrus to infuse into the sugar.
  • Add salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and smoked paprika (if desired). Mix everything thoroughly, ensuring all ingredients are well incorporated.

2. Apply the Rub:

  • Take your scored tri-tip and sprinkle the rub mixture generously all over the meat.
  • Use your hands to firmly rub the mixture into the tri-tip, ensuring it is evenly coated on all sides.
  • The scoring of the fat cap helps the flavors penetrate deeper into the meat, enhancing the overall taste.
Wagyu Tri-Tip

3. Marinate Overnight:

  • Place the seasoned tri-tip on a tray or rack (fat side up), uncovered, and let it sit in the refrigerator overnight.
  • Allowing the rub to rest on the meat overnight will help dry out the surface, resulting in a better sear and enhanced flavor.
  • The extended marination time also allows the flavors to penetrate the meat, resulting in a more delicious final product.
Wagyu Tri-Tip Cooking

4. Cooking the Tri-Tip:

  • When you're ready to cook, preheat your oven or smoker to a low and slow temperature, around 250-275°F (120-135°C).
  • Place the tri-tip (fat side up) in the oven or smoker and cook it slowly for approximately 6 to 8 hours, or until the internal temperature reaches around 130°F (55°C).
  • The low and slow cooking method helps render down the fat and break down the fibers, resulting in a tender and succulent tri-tip.

5. Rest and Slice:

  • Once the tri-tip reaches the desired internal temperature, carefully remove it from the oven or smoker and let it rest for at least 10-15 minutes.
  • Resting allows the juices to redistribute throughout the meat, ensuring maximum tenderness and flavor.
  • Slice the tri-tip against the grain, which means cutting perpendicular to the lines of muscle fibers, for optimal tenderness.
CF Wagyu Tri-Trip Sliced


By following this simple yet effective rub recipe and cooking technique, you'll be able to create a delectable and tender tri-tip that will impress everyone around the table.

The combination of citrus zest, sugar, and spices will infuse the meat with a burst of flavors, while the low and slow cooking method will ensure a moist and succulent texture.

So, grab your tri-tip, prepare the rub, and get ready to indulge in a delightful culinary experience!