Okay, I have to get this off my chest. I recently went to Vegas and while going through several buffets I tried a few pieces of Brisket. Don't get me wrong, if you are learning to do Brisket, keep working till your family or target audience loves it. 1. If your meat is gray. you did something wrong 2. If when you cut it, there is no pink ribbon around the meat. there may be a problem 3. Good brisket does not need sauce. 4. Good brisket at my house will almost slice if you yell at it. TOUGH meat is not good meat. 5. You should be able to smell a smokyness to the meat. Not the bad stuff more of a flavor thing. (I can not explain it, but if you get it, You know you did it right.) 6. You cook a Brisket over the weekend and bring a little to work to let a friend sample and they eat it all. Your Brisket is good. 7. When it is done, you can push a thermometer through the brisket with no resistance. 8. Your friends come running when they smell smoke thinking there is more brisket being cooked. You can brag! 9. If you can go into any restaurant and order brisket that is better than yours, You need to practice more. I am sorry, I hate to go into a restaurant and be given some boiled meat and told it is BBQ brisket. Thanks for letting me rant. Have a nice day.