Choosing the brisket.
The key to a good smoked brisket is buying a good piece of meat. You want a brisket that is already as tender as possible. Take the brisket and balance it across your hands. The more the meat bends, the less connective tissues that it has, so find a piece of meat the bends the most, as this piece will be your most tender.
Also, look for a brisket that has ample fat marbling and a thick fat layer. The higher fat content will help the meat stay moist during the smoking process.
Find a brisket that’s about 10 pounds.