Okay so here we go. Smoked my first Tri-Tip today, 51/4 lbs. straight forward simple rub applied, let it sit for about 2 hours, prepped the smoker time to rock & rock. No grill time, not able to reach it or anything fancy, I am working out of a wheel chair.
Water pan about half full with some garlic powder mixed in, used a mix of hickory & apple wood, temp set at 180 deg. meat stayed in until it hit 152 deg. right between medium & medium rare. Came out wonderful. Tasty, and juicy. Couldn't have asked for anything better for the first time.