1) Who said you have to stick to meat? Much can be done with bread and fruits over an open flame. To make this into a fun activity with your kids, use cookie cutters to make the bread beef brisket braised fruit into shapes. You can decide on themes like "animals" and "letters" or ask that each shape be different from the others! Then, let your kids decide which toppings they would like to put on. Add cheese, onion and various spices to bread and cinnamon and honey to fruit.
The other big daddy of smoking wood...if you're from Texas. This wood is the most powerful of all smoking wood. Mesquite has a very strong and robust flavor. Best used with beef and larger cuts of meat. Of course, it's often the choice for Texas brisket in a slow cooker. Too much of this smoking wood will render your food inedible. Go light and mix it with other smoking wood until you get a better feel of mesquite's power. I may throw a chunk, or two onto my Thanksgiving turkey fire if I'm feeling a bit rebellious. A chip, or two on the grill adds a nice southwest flavor to a steak...just go easy!
Liner Bags. Slow cooker liner bags are available and nothing beats these bags when it comes to slow cooker bbq brisket clean up. Just line your slow cooker with a slow cooker liner bag, cook your slow cooker meal, and discard the bag after serving. In a pinch, these bags truly make slow cooker clean-up a breeze, but keep in mind that these slow cooker liners are wasteful, will cost you some money, and if you prepare an 8-10 hour recipe, your bag may not hold up completely.
When barrels expire and are no longer useful for aging, they are oftentimes cut up and sold as smoking wood. Wine, whiskey, and even hot sauce are aged in these barrels. Made of oak, these barrels are impregnated with the flavor of the product that was aged in them, or are they? I've tried wine and whiskey barrel slow cooker bbq brisket smoking wood but not enough to say. That's the fun part of Quein', experiment! Go online and find a barrel smoking wood. You never know what you might discover.
Super "trash" bowl - When cooking, set a bowl next to your prep bbq beef calories. This way, you could easily throw in veggie peel or unwanted broccoli stalks into the bowl and make one single trip to the trash bin. It's surprising how much time we spend walking back and forth to throw things out.