Has any one tried the Minion method of smoking?


  • Has any one tried the Minion method of smoking? The Minion method being where you add a large amount of unlit charcoal and pour some lit charcoal on top to get a slow gradual burn that is supposed to give you a steady temp for hours. I’m thinking about smoking a pork butt on Saturday using this method on my offset smoker.


  • Thanks Joel. I stopped by Walton’s earlier today and picked up a digital grill thermometer and a digital meat thermometer for tomorrow. I think I’ll try the Minion method to smoke a pork butt for pulled pork. I’ll post how it goes.


  • One of my smokers is the Weber Smokie Mountain charcoal smoker. I use the minion method all time with it. Fill the charcoal ring, hollow out the middle a bit and add about 12 to 15 lit coals to that. Works great for me!


  • Hour two - smoking a pork butt using the minion method. So far so good. I thought the temperature gauge was not working right for a while because it was holding so steady at 225 deg! I’m really liking this method so far, being somewhat of a newbe at smoking meat.


  • I finished my pulled pork yesterday. Turned out delicious! I was happy the Minion method worked. The coals lasted for hours. After my coals died down I ended up burning oak logs for coals.

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