Just a few notes about me, I have been smoking for a couple of years now with some successes and some failures. Thankfully my failures have all been when I was alone and trying something new! I'm a husband of one and a father of four. I'm the associate pastor of a small church at the north end of the Rogue Valley here in southern Oregon and an avid football fan and tailgater! It's the tailgating that got me started on smoking in the first place as it just seemed to be a natural fit! I was recently given a Brinkmann charcoal grill/smoker and I have been able to do fine with the chickens, ribs and some smaller pork shoulders/Boston Butts but the brisket is where my problem lies. I'm pretty sure it's an issue with the smoker just being too hot so the brisket (typically a 6-7 pounder) comes out dry. My father-in-law can smoke a brisket that size and have trouble getting it off the rack because it wants to fall apart but mine, well, a hatchet is a handy tool. Help me Obiwan Kenobi, you're my only hope!