Originally Posted by RichardF
I'd wager a cold beer that the relative humidity (i'm guessing 100%) inside the foil of a wraped brisket would be much higher than therelative humidity of a fully-loaded smoker. to recreate the humidty of multiple briskets (or butts as the case may be) i'd think you'd be much better-off with a water pan.
That seems reasonable at first. However, the vapor barrier that surrounds any food cooking in a closed environment can not be duplicated by a water pan in that environment. Steam injection into bread oven not withstanding. Therefore a micro environment seems to be the next best thing, futhermore there is no denying that it works and works well.