Smoking Brisket: The Topic in Cooking Posted June 13, 2005 dry rubbed and left them whole. I'm having trouble keeping the temp up. you think I should ditch some of the water in the basin? put some more fuel in the smoker? they look really good. should I quit with the wood now that it's been 8 hrs? or just keep it going?←I hope you are feeling better.How did the smoking turn out?