Bigger brisket at 5.5 lbs look longer than I thought. I tried to keep it fat side down but ended up flipping at 8 hours. Bark was still a little soft. I used cherry and a little hickory. I also John Wayne’d the rub (probably too much sugar). No red smoke ring. I think I need to start spritzing or basting and leaving fat side down.
Flavor was still great but could be better.