Alright guys, so today i finally was able to smoke my first tri tip. I actually never even tried to smoke anything before. My first intention was to smoke some ribs, but i had to take an uncle of mine to the airport. Which tied up my whole morning and mid afternoon. So i decided that i would try a tri tip since it wouldnt take me as long. First i started with Jeff's recipe, i actually purchased his rub recipe and i really did like it! I think it was perfect! Just the smell alone was great. And it really did taste great on the meat. I also used mesquite to smoke my wood. I wanted to try both mesquite and apple but my girlfriend told me to just try one and then the other, to see which i liked best. IN the beginning, i got a little bit to charcoal happy! I lit way to much and my grill was just too hot. This was the first time using it so i really had no idea on how to manage the temperature. After the first 30 minutes with my tri tip on the grill, i managed to get the hang of it and keep the temperature stable around 260 degrees. I smoked it for 2 hours, and after wrapped it in foil and let it sit for 30 minutes. In the end i was really impressed. never did i think that i would be able to make a tri tip that good and juicy. The smoked taste was delicious! everything i was wanting! now with some more practice, i think i can do a better job handling the coals. The tri tip came out medium just like i like it! and it tasted great with out any bbq sauce! just the wood flavor and Jeffs rub recipe. side note: it was 106 today here in Bakersfield. it was hot as hell but i was too excited and really wanted to try out my new grill.