To be honest I didn't plan on posting on here, but after my results I wanted to share I've lurked here for a few days trying to get all the pointers I could get. I smoked a chicken earlier in the week with decent results, so I decided to go with a brisket for my wife's baby shower. Here's what I did. 1.Let it sit in KC Masterpiece BBQ rub over night 2.Smoked at around 225 until the meat temp was 165. 3.Then I took it out, wrapped it in foil with apple juice and smoked again until the meat was 190. 4.After that I took it out and let it sit in the microwave for about 30 minutes to soak up the extra juices and then cut and serve. I used mostly hickory wood chunks with a little bit of apple wood. Overall it took like 12 hours, but that's mostly due to all of this being so new to me. Hopefully I can get it to like 8-10 hours. I didn't soak my wood chunks, any advice if that makes a big difference? I didn't get the bark I wanted but I think that's due to my rub? I definitely need to get a better carving knife!