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.
"the only goal is success,the path does not matter" this is my nindo.