Here we go again! I think I am getting a better handle on this. I rubbed my brisket with olive oil and the commercial rub I have been using yesterday afternoon and put it in the fridge.
At 4,30 this morning, I took it out and let it rest on the counter while I started my coals. By 5.00, my smoker was up to temp, and I put the meat on. Naturally, It started raining just then. twenty minutes later it had stopped, and things are progressing nicely.