I decided that turning 38 was a good enough excuse to cook myself a brisket - course any excuse would have sufficed really... heh-heh. So I invited some friends and family over later today for a BBQ. Rubbed the brisket yesterday around 3:00 in the afternoon, then wrapped in saran wrap and foil and put back in fridge for a while.
Got the smoker set up for a minion with a mix of hickory and mesquite.
Pulled the brisket out of the fridge about an hour before I was going to put it on.
Still think the night pictures of fire are cool, course that could just be because I was tired and it was 12:30 AM... lol.
Put the brisket into the smoke at 1:00 AM, stayed up for another hour to make sure everything was stable and running then went to bed.
Woke up at 5:00 AM to let the dogs out and check on the smoker. Was running true and steady at 200° right where I left it. Went back to bed for another 3 hrs. of snooze time, woke up and the smoker had dropped 20° to 180°, so I opened all the bottom vents and stirred the coals. Once it got back up to 200° I closed the vents to 3/4 closed and it has been running steady since. Currently the brisket is at 167° internal temp. and I am planning on putting it in the foil pan with the drippings at 170°.
I will post more pics later on when I foil it. Thanks for looking :)