:bluesbros: The meat was fairly tender, but good and tasty. I started with an 8 lbs Costco Choice brisket, cooked it per SMF directions (time and temps), finished it in a cooler (no ice) wrapped in foil, but I think it was too fatty in the end. Did I not cook it low and slow enough? It was in the smoker for approx 6 to 8 hrs and got to the IT sooner than I wanted. If it cooked longer and I was able to keep the temp lower do you think it would have less fat remaining and be more tender? All in all I was proud of my first effort!