first time brisket smoker.......first time smoker period! I got myself a 2.5lb brisket to try....covered it in a mix of seasonings and threw it in my MES smoker for about 3.5hrs. Used mesquite wood chips. I have it wrapped in foil now in the cooler.......should be ready when I get back from the gym =) the one thing I noticed was that the bark was not black. There are some images ive seen from you guys where the bark is dark as night.......mine is still reddish (must be from all the paprika). Is that ok? I also noticed that it wasnt very smoky. Could it be from the type of wood chips? Im expecting thick clouds of smoke, am i wrong? The whole process was very simple! watched tons of youtube videos last night. one thing i know was messed up was the meat itself....the butcher cut off most of the fat cap from it, i know its going to play a huge role. Never the less, I will post pictures later tonight and let you know how it tastes.