Looking to smoke my first brisket this weekend. Sounds like my local Sams has a few in stock around the 14lb range. I'd like to have it ready to eat around 5 pm Saturday night. What time should I plan on putting it in the smoker? I would prefer putting it on Friday night and letting it cook through the night versus waking up in the middle of the night to put it on. If I put it on around 10 pm Friday night what time range should I expect it to be finished? If it's finished way before 5 can I foil it and cooler it for a couple hours?
I plan to use a 40" MES to smoke with amazen pellet smoker tray. What wood should I use? I have cherry, hickory and oak pellets.
And finally foil or no foil?