Howdy all!. We recently got a free smoker - a Brinkmann Sportsman model #815-3060-4 - and tonight was it's inaugural flight. I've never used one of these things before and was a bit apprehensive but we found a small brisket (just under 3 lbs) at a local Costco and gave it a try. It ended up taking almost an entire bag of charcoal and took about 3 hours to cook it to 170 degrees and it came out pretty good. I used the suggestions I got here - took it off the heat, wrapped it in tin foil and a towel for about an hour and it was juicy and tender.
I guess we'll keep it! One question: is it cheaper to use wood rather than charcoal? I can see us buying charcoal by the pallet when we go to Costco!
San Jose, Ca