Important to keep the entire brisket submerged in the brine while pickling. I used a heavy plate to hold it down. Turned it every other day. 8 days total, as previously mentioned.
For cooking I used a slow cooker. I completely submerged the brisket in water and spices. Cooked it on high for 1.25 hours. Then 45 minutes on low for each remaining lbs of beef. YMMV