This was my first attempt at smoking anything. I searched various forums to get tips and ideas, so I can cut down on the trial and error stage. I already had a tri tip in my freezer so it was to be my maiden voyage. Some people claimed that it was a nightmare to smoke tri tip, so I was a little apprehensive. But I like a challenge. So,This was my process. I just got a Masterbuilt digital smoker for Christmas. I heated it to 160 degrees. Couldn't draw smoke at 160, so I kept raising the heat until I got a nice draw. I went all the way to 200. It seemed to work best. I also wanted to add that I got a tin can and opened both sides and placed it over the vent. It really seemed to help. I would like to credit the person that I borrowed this from, but I forgot who it was. Sorry.
I also should add that I used mesquite.
I felt that this was hotter than I wanted it, so I placed my tri tip on the top rack. I trimmed it back to 190 for 4 hours. I don't want to brag, but it was pretty awesome. The prep for the meat was just olive oil and my special rub.I let it sit in the fridge for 2 days.Here is a photo of the finished product. Please lend any tips if you have any.