I'm a first time poster and a total newbie smoker. I live in Essex in the UK, with my beautiful wife and three kids.
I've just purchased a Weber Master Touch 22" kettle. After being a gas man. Gas man no more!!!
I smoked my first brisket yesterday and tried the faster version (I wasn't organised enough for the all dayer), as I only had a flat and my family are not the most patient when hungry. I just grab another beer!! ;)
The first lesson was not to let someone pre-marinade the joint for me (I bought it from my local farm, but can get it untouched next time).
Prepare my own rub - any help and guidance here would be great!
I put the hickory (will try a hickory / pecan combo next time) on a bit too soon and found I'd smoked myself out too quickly.
I put the joint over a water filled drip tray, heating it indirectly and I think I may have needed to put more over the coals for a better bark. I didn't get a great colour (wish I had taken a photo now), like those I've seen posted on here, so again any advice would be great. Especially in configuration of coals, smoking wood and the joint in relation to those.
I think I'm going to try a beer-can chicken next weekend, so really looking forward to that.
Boring the wife and kids to death with it all, so thought I'd come on here and bore you instead. ;)
Looking forward to hearing from anyone who has the time.