The family was impressed and stuffed. I would like to thank all for there suggestions. I am so glad I did not brine it. I do wish the AuJUS came out better as it was bland. I used beef broth,garlic and mushrooms. It was very watery and tasteless. We all enjoyed the beef thought. Again thanks for a successfull smoke. Hickory wood by the way. I see another one coming for the holidays.