I went to my local supermarket today for brisket. I don't know of any other place to get brisket around here, and their butcher section seems pretty good -- the butchers wear hard hats and chainmail, and they have carcasses (or part carcasses) hanging in the back, so it's not your typical supermarket deli. I asked for the flat. The butcher didn't seem to know what I was talking about and went to ask another butcher. He came back and said they had the point, but it was the same thing. I know from reading SMF that it's not, but I wasn't about to argue with two butchers. He brought out a cut of meat on a tray and weighed it. It was about 15 pounds. I didn't want that much, so he cut it in two and gave me the smaller of the two pieces -- about 5 pounds. The price sticker says "Beef Brisket Plate" and it was about $8.50. From my (limited) understanding of beef, there are three sections to the cow's underside: the brisket, the plate, and the flank. So how can something be "Brisket Plate"? Also... if I bought this Thursday morning (and the "packed on" date is Thursday), how long do I have to cook it? I've read that packaged whole cuts of fresh beef can be refrigerated for three to five days after purchase. Am I okay starting to smoke it Saturday evening?