Well the Wifeypoo is not thrilled with the whole smoker idea for this 5lb beef brisket she want to crock pot it set it and forget it. I want to smoke it in my kettle using the ring of fire how long will it take to cook this bad boy? I was told hour a pound is that right? I'm looking to do this this Wednesday. I have a rub that I will put on it tonight. Is there anything else I can do to it to make it so good she'll stops complaining how long it takes to cook. My kettle is old and leak air everywhere this is it last summer. The temp I seem to been keeping is 275 to 300 I was hoping that the ring of coals will even out the heat and lower it some I'm putting apple juice in the pan and spraying with apple juice when I reload the smoke and coals[30 to 45 mins hoping for longer but} I'm using apple and cherry wood along with hickory. So where am I going wrong or is this a solid plan of action. By the way we would like to eat around 5 o'clock so what time would be good to start this bad boy?