I did my first brisket about a month ago. I trimmed it and put a homemade expresso rub on the night before and then cooked hot and fast at 350 the next day. It turned out fantastic. Reading thru a lot of brisket cook threads it seems like a lot of people over think there cooks. I am cooking another one on Monday hopefully I will get the same results. I cook on an old rusted smokin pro with a pitmaster iq temp controller. Here is a pic of my last brisket smoke.