This is my 3rd brisket I have ever done, first one came out pretty good, second one was a complete mess, this one actually shined. I don't have any of the prep work, but this was a 12.5 lbs brisket. Just put it on the smoker. Pictured above this is about 7 hours into it. Pictured about is about 12 hours into it. Got my burnt ends about done. pretty good smoke ring inside and good looking bark on the outside. Nice pull apart on the slices, I am really happy with the way this brisket turned out. I thought the flat was a little dry to my liking but the burnt ends were spot on.