I have been watching everyones posts and ideas very close, learning everything i can. Ive had some trial and error with my smoker and the meat quality itself. This brisket had my families seal of approval. I started with a full 15 pound packer.after trimming off just under 2 pounds, i applied my rub,and let it rest. Got the smoker smokin and in it went. Smoked a solid 3 hours and then brought the heat. My smoker is my late grandfathers design, and is direct heat. I usea mixture if lump and regular charcoal,and i used pecan for my smoke. This one took awhile to hit 195, but it finally did.in the cooler it went under towels while we prepped the rest of the food.here is my final product. I sliced some and pulled the rest. Im still green to cutting in relation to the grain, but it was a great meal. Thanks to everyone on this site for the information ive found. Im officially hooked!