Not much to trim, 3.99 is high even for choice angus. I wonder what the 5 lbs brisket weighed before trimming and what that would have costed elsewhere. Tri level rub the last layer was coarse salt pepper and lemon.
I filled my base with kingford, light up a 2/3 a chimney. I like to wait until the coals are blazing then add them to the base. I put two healthy handfuls of chips at 3 &9. Let that blaze until chips blacken and assemble the cooker.
No I don't think this is cheating.
I put the brisket on at high noon. Temp outside was 10 below. Temp in the smoker was 300.
Let's all just calm down and smoke a fatty