Yesterday was my first attempt with my brand new Brinkmann Electric Smoker. By the time I got the smoker home, put it together and got my brisket, it was already getting late in the day. I used a dry rub and mesquite chips and began my smoke around 4:00 pm. My directions with the smoker indicated that the brisket should be done around 8:00 pm. Yeah, well it wasn't done at 10:30 pm, so I wrapped the brisket in foil and let the smoker do it's thing. Finally around 1:00 am it was done, actually a bit overdone (I need to buy one of those remote digital thermometers!). I wrapped the brisket in more foil and a couple of beach towels and nestled it in my smallest cooler. I pulled it out of the cooler at 6:00 am and put it in the fridge. After returning home from work today, sliced that baby up and we had yummy brisket sandwiches. Could it have been more juicy, sure. But for my first attempt, I was pretty pleased. I didn't burn it to a crisp and my family seemed to enjoy it (so did my Sheltie, who thinks I am now his best friend). My next project - beer can chickens. I've read that I should brine them in a mixture of one gallon water, one cup kosher salt and one cup sugar. Right? I can let them swim overnight, then pull them out, dry 'em off and oil them up with vegtable oil. Should I use any rub or other seasonings? I'm thinking if I run home and put them on at lunch, by the time I return home 4-1/2 hours later they should be done, or fairly close. Right? Any comments or suggestions is greatly appreciated. By the way, I'm learning a lot here and really appreciate the willingness to share tips and help others. Ya'll will make a real smoker out of me before this is all over!