I wish I could explain how I did it, but honestly I have no idea. I tried to mimic Aaron Franklin's brisket, but I threw in a little garlic pepper just to mix things up. The result, after about 15 hours in the smoker, was the best Smoke ring I have ever seen. Feel like I just have to brag a little bit. Props to my pathetic excuse of a knife that couldn't handle a brisket. Really got to get me a new one. Other than that, I think it's a masterpiece.