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Unread 02-12-2012, 05:53 PM   #1
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Default Best way to minimize charcoal taste when using Minion Method?

A few weeks ago I made some great spare ribs with pecan and oak. They had a beautiful smoke ring. Great texture (not quite falling off the bone, but really tender). The only thing wrong with them was the hint of charcoal (I am guessing from using the Minion Method). Do any of you farkers have any good tips to keep that flavor from the meat or is that just the nature of the beast when using the method?
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What kind of charcoal are you using ??? Kingsford or natural lump ?
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Normal Kingsford. Start it with a chimney. No fluid touches the coal ever.
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Thanks for asking this question Gator. Cant wait to see some of the replys. I dont use the minion method because of this. Add lit charcoal as needed.(about every 1 1/2 hour) Is a pain but I feel like you get a much cleaner burn. would like to try minion if I could find a lump charcoal that was more uniform in size
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Did you supplement the charcoal with other hardwood? If so you might have got some heavy smoke flavor from that. I use the minion method on virtually all of my cooks and add wood for flavor, but I make sure that the wood is already burning before I put the food on. Otherwise you will get the heavy white smoke which will make your food taste like you are describing

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never had this problem and i use the minion method on every cook. just do what stoney said and add the wood when you add your first lit coals and dont put the food on until you have thin blue smoke
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This is a great question. Not sure if there is a way to minimize charcoal flavor when using minion method. However, I had been scoring poorly in ribs in competitions until I bought a WSM and then took 4th place at a KCBS event using the minion method. I guess a little charcoal flavor might not be a bad thing....
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Why not just use lump?
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I only use lump when cooking on my kamado joe, not sure what is in Kingsford
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Generally I always put the wood on with the burnt down coals and wait for the temperature to stabilize (takes 30 min to an hour).

Now that I think about it I put the wood on 5 minutes before I put the meat for on this cook. I wanted to try it this way because it is what the seasoned veterans generally tell the beginners to do.

I guess I will go back to throwing the wood in when I dump the hot coals in.
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Try Stubbs charcoal or Kingsford comp, there both really good I've been using K comp lately and really like it and the price is right.

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Generally I always put the wood on with the burnt down coals and wait for the temperature to stabilize (takes 30 min to an hour).

Now that I think about it I put the wood on 5 minutes before I put the meat for on this cook. I wanted to try it this way because it is what the season veterans generally tell the beginners to do.

I guess I will go back to throwing the wood in when I dump the hot coals in.

I would quit listening to your season veterans.
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The only thing wrong with them was the hint of charcoal (I am guessing from using the Minion Method). Do any of you farkers have any good tips to keep that flavor from the meat or is that just the nature of the beast when using the method
My best guess is you're not getting a clean burn for whatever reason, and your smoker isn't putting out TBS (thin blue smoke). Poofy white smoke is bad, thin blue to invisible is good.
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Crazy as it may seem but I cant taste an off charcoal flavor when using the minion method. I use Kingsford blue mostly and sometimes lump. Did not even know what the "minion method" was before coming to this site some 3-4 years ago. I too thought the food would pick up a nasty chemical taste but it never has.
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we use a can never have used the minion method we make our own chimneys they hold 6lbs of kingsford 1 piece of wood in the bottom of the fire basket.dump fully lit chimney and 1 more chunk of wood on top use vents to control temp stabilize at 315-350 depends on what where cooking. temps hold 3-5 hours depends on outside temps.
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