Total rookie here so I'd love some advice. I've been a huge barbecue fan since I lived in TX a few years back. I ended up getting a free electric smoker (Little Chief) and picked up a brisket to give it a try. Spent most of Saturday cooking, reheated it on Sunday and consumed. The taste was great but it was definitely too tough and overcooked. Here are a few reasons why I believe it may have turned out that way: 1. I didn't brine the meat. 2. It was a small cut...only about 4 lbs. that I picked up from Costco. 3. Took it out of the oven (smoked it for 5 hours but the temp never rose much...I'm thinking the heating coil on the smoker might be damaged) when the thermometer read 160. Too high? I did use a mop every 45 minutes or so and had a great dry rub on it. i would definitely like to try it again but any feedback, suggestions, advice would be very much appreciated. Thanks in advance for the help.