Good news! You've come to the right place! I knew very little about smoking but wanted to learn. I joined here last spring and learned a bunch quick. Didn't have a smoker and used info here to build a drum smoker (was previously thinking of getting an electric smoker). I followed the ideas here and my first brisket was good and my second brisket very good. Last one was awesome <smile> and folks around me think I know what I'm doing, ha. The reality is I just came here, listened, and paid attention to details while I cook.
I highly recommend a simple brisket cook and wrap in butcher paper when it hits the stall (roughly 160F-165F). There are 2 or 3 well known brisket threads packed with great info.
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