Matty: We all have to start somewhere. Go to very top of this page and click on Forums. There will be a window open that will let you navigate down to "Additional smoking topics. Click on this and it will open a window that shows more topics. Click on Brisket. At the very top of the page will be a Brisket 101. Click on this and read the whole article. I have learned more from the Cookshack Forum than I have given back to it.