I was watching the Food Network the other week and they had their BBQ marathon on. One thing I noticed was one of the restaurants featured actually sears the brisket before slo n lo cooking. I thought, what the heck and gave it a try. While they need to do this to help with moisture retention because they are not using the earthen cooker such as the BGE I thought it might improve my brisket. Plus it gave me a reason to fire up the gasser. Well, I think my brisket came out more juicy. I am interested to see other's opinions.