^^^ This. The first thing I tried to smoke was a brisket. I was so disappointed that I quit for a time. I switched to Butts and Chicken and am very happy. I just got done doing two butts and the lesson I learned was to turn the meat once in a while to make sure I don't have a hot spot or cook unevenly. Also, use your probe to check for tenderness, never go by temp or time.
Char Griller Red Akorn, Char Griller with Side Fire Box. Psalm 77