The Minion Method of Controlled Charcoal Burning for Smoking

Charcoal fires can burn very hot, very fast, and need frequent refilling. This is no good for smoking meats low and slow. That’s why the minion method was invented, as a way of enjoying 10s of hours of smoking at low temps, from a single fill of charcoal. Here’s exactly how to do it.

If you’re tired of having to babysit your grill or smoker during a low n slow cook, you’re going to enjoy the Minion method. This method is all about clever charcoal and wood placement to create a low and slow burn that takes care of itself.

The Minion method was originally used with a Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker; however, it can work in any large grill or smoker. The fire and smoke can burn for hours, but how long exactly depends on the size of your grill or smoker and how much fuel and wood it can hold.

Overall, the Minion method is a relatively simple four-step process — and we’re going to show you exactly how to do it and what fuel works best.

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