Made my first attempt at smoking a brisket yesterday. Did a 5 lb brisket (flat I think). Didn't come out all that great.
I recently completed a WSM Mini following directions given in this link: http://bbqbros.net/how-to-build-a-mini-weber-smokey-mountain. I chose to include two racks. Measured down 1 1/2 inches and 5 inches from top of pot for rack placement. Went with a Maverick ET-732 thermometer rather than the Tel Tru model. I also made a charcoal ring same diameter as the grate and 3 1/2 inches tall from expanded metal.
Used 4 oz. of hickory chips to start fallowed by a couple small hickory chucks and Kingsford blue charcoal. Smoked at between 200 and 250, mostly around 225 for 9 hrs. Hit the stall at 140 degrees. Stayed there for 6-7 hrs. Got impatient after 8 hrs and bumped up the temp to 350 degrees or so for another hour. IT went from 140 to about 155 and seemed to stall again. Got worried that it had been going for 9 hrs and still had not reached the 190-200 degree range. Decided to pull it off. Let it rest for about 30 min and then cut into it. Was disappointed in how chewy it was. Guess I pulled it to soon. Based on what I've read I thought a 5 lb brisket should have cooked in 6 hrs or so but even after 9 hrs I just couldn't seem to get the IT up to 190 degrees. Should I have let it ride. Do you think it would have eventually reached an IT of 190 degrees if I would have left it alone? How much longer should I have let it ride? Should I have wrapped it in foil? I did remove smoking chamber from grill base to add coals and wood chunks once and took the top off the smoking chamber a couple times to baste but that's about it. Is there anything I can do after the fact to make brisket more tinder? Can stick it in the oven to finish ot off or something or is it to late. I should mention that I placed the brisket on the top rack and a 9 x 9 inch pan of bbq beans on the bottom rack. Cooker temp probe was next to beans on bottom rack about 4 inches below brisket (on top rack). Meat probe was inserted from the widest side to depth of about 4 inches.