Way I do it
As mentioned rinse the Brine/cure away,I only rinse for a few hours,maybe our cures are different.
Rub with pepper ,place in a bag with a 1/2 cup of Maple Syrup.
Overnight/24 hour in fridge.
Cook on low to 62c/145f using as much smoke as you like.
Wrap in foil and sit for an hour.
Sometimes I do this on a bed of cabbage and onion for the last 2 hours
The maple sweetens up the cabbage ike you would not believe
I will never be over the hill.
I'm too darn tired to climb it.