A 15 lb Brisket will take a long time. I think starting Friday night is a good plan.
Oh I totally agree that we should still keep the June gathering as The "Official" Michigan smokers gathering,.....I was just throwing out a suggestion/alternative in order to get a feel for the idea.
I'm not even really sure where we would host an eastsider gathering. My house would be ok, but parking can be an issue. I was also thinking maybe a Metropark like Stoney Creek or Metro Beach (Lake St. Clair Park), but there is an entrance fee involved with that which can be a deterrent. So unless I have a "eureka" type of an idea, it might not even happen b/c summers are a very busy time.
I still haven't been to "The Way Out Here Ranch" yet, so it is definitely on my summer to-do list for this year; be it June or September.
I am in on a east side gathering. Two party's sound great. Let me know if I can help.