I too struggle with brisket. Mostly just getting good tasting and juicy slices from the flat. I make burnt ends with the point and those are always really good. Cubing it adding more rub/sauce and then smoking for a few more hours.
I haven't had great brisket in any restaurants, still better than mine, but not nirvana as Gore mentioned. I did though have 1 slice of waygu that a guy cooked in a competition and it was the best I have ever had. I know that you don't need waygu to get it this good, but it is hard to cook brisket a lot when I know the flat will just be ok. Though my friends say "damn this is good". We are candid with each other so I say "don't give me **** I think it tastes mediocre" and they swear it is good.
All that crap being said I'd rather cook a butt before it falls apart and eat the money muscle sliced up. I'd put that up against a lot of sliced brisket. Way easier. But BBQ is a sadistic addiction and I keep cooking brisket because it is still fun.
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