Doing my first smoke as I type this. Got a 3.25lbs Tri tip on my Brinkman Vertical Square smoker. I just rubbed the meat with salt, pepper, and garlic powder and using Jack Daniels wood chips for the smoke. She is cooking now at 139F and been in for about 1hr 45min.
I've determined that I didn't put in enough lump charcoal to start so I did have to add but its not hard to do.
I will post some pics a bit later and post any updates.