Hey all, I've been lurking around here for a couple of weeks now in anticipation of smoking my first brisket. I've smoked a couple of chickens which turned out okay, but when the brisket at Krogers went on sale for 0.99/lb back around July 4th, my wife and I couldn't resist. She bought a 7-lb and a 10-lb and I'm smoking the 7-lb as I write this. I must say that there is a whole LOT of info here just on brisket alone and I do appreciate all the assistance, (whether you realize you assisted or not). Sometimes I became overwhelmed at all the different styles, rubs, sauces, whether to foil or not, temps, fat cutting, etc. I have to tell you, I was nervous...still am, but finally I just had to put the meat to the grill and get started, and so far, so good. As for myself, I'm retired Navy and work as a maintenance technician at a state-of-the-art roofing manufacturer. My wife and I have one daughter, married this last March at a cost that prevents me from building the woodshop I've dreamed of having for too many years I'd rather not mention. But such is life. My daughter is happy and she has married a class guy and her happiness supercedes mine. It'll just take a little longer to get the shop than I originally planned on! Anyway, time to go check the temps on my smoker, a New Braunfels...no idea what model...bought the last one Wally-world had about 5 or 6 years ago. Side firebox with an added charcoal basket and baffle. I know this may be a bit lengthy, but I just checked the meat and holy cow! Internal temps were already at 190 and 210! Double checked with 2 other thermometers and they slid into the meat really easy, read the same temps. So I've wrapped it in foil and put it in the oven at 225. I'll keep it there for at least a couple hours...any suggestions? Oh yeah, that's after almost 5 hours of smoking. My tendency would be to second guess myself and not trust the readings, but if there's anything I've learned here, it's that one must trust their instincts and if they're wrong, they're wrong...live and learn. Of course that follows into many other facets of life, but that's not what we're here for. One last thing...I'm all for the Army, they're the backbone of our armed forces and God bless them all. But come on, couldn't you include the Navy?