hello yall and thanks in advance for any and all advice,tips....yesterday i tried my first ever smoke and i attempted a 9 1/2 lb brisket, i know go big or go home, and i was using a brinkman 3 in 1 grill (gas,charcoal,smoker) at 730am i set up the firebox with charcoal and it took about 1/2 hour for the grill to get to about 220 then i threw on the brisket which was rubbed the night before...after that it was all down hill....i couldnt get the temp back up to 220 no matter how much charcoal i put in the firebox(i ended up using 3 15lb bags of charcoal) ...lets just say after a long and grueling day the meat was removed from the grill at 730 pm wrapped in foil and put in the oven (i guess i cheated) overall the meat was very good however it was disappointing for me. ok so here are the problems i have and i hope yall veterans can show me the way
1. how do you get the temp to sit at the point u want? keep adding charcoal?how much? how often?
2.when using a dry rub do you coat the whole meat to the point the meat is hardly visable?
3.how often do you put in the wood chips and how much? (although my smoke flavor was deep in the meat)
4.should i put the meat over the charcoal in the firebox or leave it on the grill? there is a chimey for the smoke and heat to get in the grill.
thanks again for any and all help i hope im not overwhelming u guys i just want to get the hang of this smoker deal.....