Why not, indeed. They're still a bargain, on sale at $1.49/pound, so this time I smoked up a 14 pounder. I do not claim to be a BBQ cook, more of a BBQ eater, but this messing around gives me even more appreciation of those who can do it right.
As this was a big boy for our little bullet smoker, I cut it in half and smoked the thick end on the bottom rack and the point end on the top rack. Fat side up, un-trimmed and un-messed with, except for a thick rub down. After 7 hours on the smoker, with lots of water-soaked pecan wood added, they got another rub down and went into the oven wrapped in foil at 250 for another 4 hours. The result was moist and tender but still lacking the deep smoke flavor I crave. Durn it!
I have to say I noticed a big difference in the USDA select grade I smoked this time versus the choice grade I smoked last time. That makes a very big difference. I think I need to find me some USDA prime brisket, sometime.