My kids have really gotten bit by the barbecue/smoking bug this year. Nice to have interested helpers by the grill, coming into their own, wanting to get their hands dirty! So before they fly back to their mom and step-dad, they asked if they could smoke a brisket. Oh, heck yeah! Four day weekend for me and today we started. Picked out the best we could find (they researched the details on selecting the right brisket) and here we go! I'll keep this thread updated as the smoke progresses; fire is scheduled to be lit at 0330 hrs Friday morning for an all day smoke. Bought a nice 11.5 pounder at $1.89 / LB- After learning about the point and the flat, they separated and trimmed it themselves- We discussed what made a good rub and mop. Here's the ingredients for the rub (added 1 TSP cinnamon, not shown) and the ingredients for TASUNKAWITKO's mop recipe which is DR Pepper, Lo-Salt soy sauce and EVOO. They mixed them up and here's the rubbed results- The meat was then wrapped in Saran and put in the fridge till tomorrow early morning. We'll pull out the smoker later and set it up so we aren't stumbling around at oh-dark-thirty. I'll keep this thread going for updates and all kinds of Q-Vue. Thanks for taking the time to check out my kids' first brisket!