Long ago, before the onions ever got fired, there was brisket. Brisket is the cow's ugly duckling. Nobody wants it. However, with time and love, it can grow into a beautiful piece of BBQ- finally able to contribute back to society. This is the first dish to start cooking for the day.
I look at the recipe, I look at the brisket. 3lbs, 5lbs. Crap, this is going to require thought. I start by trimming off excess fat- I'm guessing, maybe a pound. 3lbs, 4lbs- I think. I'm supposed to cook the beast for 4 hours at 300 Deg. Add 45 minutes for the extra weight and extra cooking liquid. No sweat.