Who uses the minion method?

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by pandemonium, Oct 5, 2009.

  1. pandemonium

    pandemonium Master of the Pit

    Man i cant believe how great my smoking has been since learning this method. i cant tell a difference in flavor? So if you haven't tried it and want a easy steady slow and low smoke give it a try!! beats feeding the fire every hour.
  2. jamesb

    jamesb Smoking Fanatic

    I use the Minion method to start my WSM and my UDSs. Not much use in the larger offsets. Your right though, it is the best method for the charcoal cookers I've found.
  3. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I'm sorry I don'yhave a charcoal but I'm looking for one maybe there is one right under my nose and I don't know it. What is this minion method and what does it do? Right now I used a Gosm gasser but things are always subject to change. Alittle help would be helpful. [​IMG]
  4. ddave

    ddave Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

  5. flash

    flash Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Pretty much the only way to go with verticals.
  6. evo 9 guy

    evo 9 guy Smoke Blower

    I just used the minion method this Sunday for a Tri Tip. It was much easier to keep everything at a low temp and I was able to stay on the couch for the whole football game isntead of having to check all of the time. ET-73 never went off saying it was too high on the temp either.
  7. bman62526

    bman62526 Smoking Fanatic

    I agreed that it's for sure the way to go on bullet-types. I've tried it on my small AND large offsets, but it doesn't work as well. The fire just steadily creeps up, as does the temp. Of course - this is likely due to the fact that my fireboxes aren't air tignt on either, but I don't care. I have no problem with the fact that they aren't air tight...in fact, just like with any smoker out there, once you learn YOUR equipment you can make it work for you.

    For me, the point of using an offset (at least the BIG one) is to maintain a small but "lively" fire, and you can't really do fire using the minion...

    However, it's GREAT for smaller charcoal smokers, and even better for charcoal grilling! Glad you find it works for you...
  8. herkysprings

    herkysprings Smoking Fanatic

    Love it. It got even better once I learned to get the chimney blazing hot before adding it. Temps get to 200 much faster and the whole start up / get go of my WSM works much better.
  9. azrocker

    azrocker Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    I use it with one mod. I get the fire really hot then poor on the chunk wood mixture. Ole Maude has a hard time with heat so I have to get her temp up first.
  10. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I guess I am one of the few that uses it on a horizontal offset... [​IMG]. I like using it to get my chargriller 800 going, I can minion it and get the temp up, add the meat and smoke for about 2-3 hours before I have to add another chimney (dependent on weather). On my rig I can maintain a super steady 225° for several hours - perfect for low and slow.
  11. richoso1

    richoso1 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I use that method on Gloria's 22.5 in. Weber, works great.
  12. pandemonium

    pandemonium Master of the Pit

    that weber link is where i learned from, makes for a much more enjoyable smoke, cant wait to do another pork but that way i didnt know about it for my first few butts
  13. travcoman45

    travcoman45 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Use it in the drum all the time. Works great.
  14. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Yep, using it right now for some chicken parts. First time since I got my off set, what a difference.
  15. chefrob

    chefrob Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    hell, i use it in my gasser...............
  16. billbo

    billbo Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I use it in the ECB every time.
  17. figjam

    figjam Meat Mopper

    I do as well
  18. toxie

    toxie Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    I do... on a horizontal offset...

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