Since it was my first brisket i just bought a 4.5 pounder from the butcher.
took about 5.5 hours on the brinkman smoker.
turned out well i think.
i followed steven's method with putting in a foil pan and covering it half way through.
i think i need a shallower pan next time. just not enough smoke smell/taste.
it pulled apart real nice when eating it.
everyone seemed to enjoy it too.