Brine : Boil all
1 gallon mineral water (not tap) I have a source of fresh mineral water. http://houstonsmineralwater.com/
1 1/2 cup salt
1 Tablespoon peppercorns
4 cloves garlic
1/2 cup white sugar
Then chill the water to 38 degrees! Very important. I read some where to test the mixture by seeing if an egg will float.
I got 2 briskets because the person that wanted the other 1/2 beef wanted it all ground, so the butcher was able to give them some of my ground for their brisket.
Kristy's idea to use marbles in a bag. I placed them on top of a couple plastic lids.
I added the inverted jar lid.
Everything I've read says leave it for 5 - 7 days before smoking. Rinse for 20 minutes, put in the fridge to let the outside dry to a film.