Smoked Beef Brisket

This weekend we had a large family get together. Our nephew was home on leave prior to being deployed to Iraq. It didn't take long to decide that a nice BBQ brisket would be perfect. The brisket, a couple of side dishes, hamburger buns and some good BBQ sauce and of course some cold beverages......mmmmm......doesn't get much better then that
Start by picking out a nice brisket. I always prefer one that's been trimmed and as with any other piece of meat whether it's pork or beef, pick one that has good marbling and a good 1/2" fat cap. Most of the sides can be prepared up to a couple of days in advance. This is especially true of the coleslaw which tends to taste better after about 24 hours. The mop that I used with the brisket was a basic beer mop.

This is what we settled on: