There are a million of these "first brisket" threads, but rather than be dissuaded, how about a couple of pics? I put it on at 7:00, finished it up at 2:30. It was done a little sooner than I expected. It was 5.75 pounds, and I had it at 225° almost the entire time. Smoker wanted to run at 210° early in the morning, and I was too busy getting ready making baby bottles and playing with the baby to worry about it. Also did some chicken wings. I smoked them for 2 hours, and when the brisket was done I hit the wings with a blow torch to crisp up the skin, then smoked them for another hour. I'd never had bbq brisket, I just had to do one because of all the pics I've seen here, so I have nothing to compare it against. The wife and my sister loved it. I thought it was good, but honestly, I love my ribs.