Are black bears a risk when doing overnight cooks, or for that matter even unattended day cooks? I spend a week every 4th of July outside of South Fork, CO which is very much in bear country. They will get into any trash left out. However, I never heard of them bothering a grill, but then again I am only up there one week a year (excluding ski trip when they are hibernating). I have never seen any threads on here about it. It seems odd that it wouldn't be a problem. When I am smoking a brisket a human can smell the brisket at least a quarter mile away. I am sure a bear can smell it ten times that far. But I have never heard of it being a problem.
In past years, I have moved the brisket inside to the oven when I am in bed. Partly for bear protection and partly because of the altitude and dry air it will dry out too much if I do the whole 18 hours on the grill. However, this year I would like to leave it on all night and then finish in the oven. Am I asking for a problem? I will be using an electric water smoker, since I can't justify (nor trust the renters with) an Egg when I am only up there three times a year. The water smoker is another reason that the brisket has to spend some time in the oven as water boils at about 195 at the elevation and it will never get done.
League City, TX