The temp did eventually level off and kept it locked in at @ 225-230 for the better part of the day. Hands off! The butt turned out quite well (hands too messy for pics). I was also quite happy w/ the brisket. It wasn't a full cut, but it stayed plenty tender and tasted damn good. I have to admit that after tasting both, I just stood back and shook my head that something so simple really worked.