Most of us have forgotten that almost all smoked or bbq meat started off as the lowest cut of meat available, and was given to poorest of the poor. which were slave or migrant workers. This is what they had and they made it work for them. It really bothers me to see the price of not just brisket but all meat skyrocket in price the last couple years, but what really bothers me is people paying outrageous money for kobe beef or other high dollar cuts to do almost the same thing a cut of meat 1/3 the cost will be when done right.
For pete sake if you want to squander that kind of money on a hunk of meat why not do it right and get a rib roast or a beef tenderloin? Sorry it just pisses me off.