Hi names Big Jim Jones and I am cooking out of northern Minnesota. Cooking is my passion, after working over ten years in the food service industry I had to get a "real job" and became a nurse. I still am very involved in cooking and will always be. I am a native Californian and have a lot of experience grilling meat. About a year ago I picked up a Brinkmen charcoal smoker at a yard sale for a bargain price of 40.00. Since then I have been experimenting with smoking meats. So far everything has turned out very good. On the 4th of July I did my first whole brisket. The method of cooking I used was forluvofsmoke wet to dry method. The overall cooking time was around 12 hours with an internal temp of 180, then a 2 hour rest in foil. I presented my meat at the block party on our street and had nothing but good comments. I was very pleased, especially when I was told that a restaurant in KS that specializes in smoked brisket and has won numerous awards was not as good as mine. So I did what any other ecstatic guy would do and went out and bought all the packer briskets from the local wal mart. So tonight I am getting ready for round 2. I will post pictures if I can get my camera working.