Originally Posted by marubozo
Don't put the meat on with thick white smoke. Over time as it burns down you will see the thick smoke start to thin, and eventually be a very thin and faint blue. Not long after that you may not see any visible smoke really at all. Don't worry, your meat is still getting smoke flavor.
On a WSM using minion like you are, it isn't uncommon for the smoke to take upwards of an hour to settle down before it's ready.
Spot on advice.
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