Thanks again everyone.
This is a cheap electric brinkman smoker. There are NO vents in this thing... is that odd or not? I bought it used from a guy at work.
So I get that I don't want too much smoke and not white smoke... and put the meat in dry if possible and measure temp with a calibrated thermo. This thing really has no way to control the temp though... so I guess I am stuck with that.
I have a turkey in there now using many of the hints above... so we'll see how it does!!