We all have to start somewhere with learning how to cook briskets. My first was circa 1988 and I had no clue as to what I was doing. I "grilled" my first brisket over a open gas flame grill...at least I knew to keep the temp of the flame low.
It was my first cook for my new in-laws and was a chard mess.
Fortunately they all took it in good humor as we all laughed...digging through the chard crust for some edible meat. lol
And today, after years of learning curves, I smoke terrific briskets for family and my company's special events. Everyone raves about them.
Today's newbies are fortunate to have access to the WWW and forums like this to give them guidance before they ever start.