q-view tomorrow, however all I had time to snap was a picture of the first flat I pulled. I now fully understand the allure of the "burnt ends". Everything came out per calculations, though the points were a bit slower than the weight suggested. So the full monty of what transpired:
8:30pm, brought smoker up to temp, and added first loading of chips half when turned on, half when temp was reached. I did a mix of whiskey oak and mesquite. The three rubbed and rested flats went on the top three racks, with an empty tray between the meat and water pan. Added chips on the hour till 12:30 AM, then took a 2.5hr power nap. At 3am the points were added with more chips....(well two points, one went into the oven as I ran out of room) and the drippings tray was removed and defatted for later use.
@ 5:30 refresh chips after another short nap. At this point I had reached 183 and felt pretty good about hitting my 10am time.
Right at 10 I hit 199, and pulled, wrapped, and put in the cooler.
@11, pulled the points out of the cooler, cut into cubes, added a bit of bbq sauce, some extra rub, and a touch of the drippings. Placed into pans, and back into the MES till serving time
@12:30 pulled 2 flats out of the cooler, sliced, added 3-4 ladles of dripping and put in a electric fry pan set to warm. Sauce was optional in a crock-pot.
So a few lessons for me. While the brisket was moist, wonderful, of the texture and flavor that made it the hit of the event. That last flat was still seriously piping hot 5 hrs later when I was cleaning up and putting food away. It was still in the cooler, so it can rest for longer. I couldn't believe how hot it stayed.
Next time, I'll put three points in and 2 flats. While the flats were succulently wonderful. The burnt ends went so fast, I could barely get in a taste myself. I didn't "burn" them, but two hours of additional smoke at 225 after a bath of juice, sauce and some rub made for morsels I'd pay some serious coin for in a restaurant. Yeah, more fat, etc, but sheesh were they good. Can you do basically the same method with the flat?
Anyways, the party was successfull. Brisket was excellent, and I know now my limit :) Thanks for the replies.