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Unread 07-11-2013, 12:40 PM   #1
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Default Best charcoal arrangement for an unattended cook?

Hello all
I'm a keen bbq-er from London, England.

I'm after your collective advice for the charcoal setup in a Weber kettle for an overnight cook of a pork shoulder for the creation of pulled pork.

I've successfully done it before during the day adding a few extra briquettes every hour or so, but now want to try over night.

Minion seems only really suitable for smokers, will it work in a kettle given I'm cooking indirect and won't have a lot of space?
Snake method?
Some other that I'm unaware of?

Thanks in advance, Dave
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I have set up a ring of charcoal around a cast iron skillet in the past (idea courtesy of landarc) and it ran for hours while cooking a brisket flat.

I'll post the link if I can find it or you can search below.
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Some ideas here:

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/sh...d.php?t=129246
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I've used this set-up and gotten 10-12 hour burns with it.


Have fun!

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Thanks for the replies

Code3rrt, what was the purpose of the brick in the middle?
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+1 for snake
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Thanks for the replies

Code3rrt, what was the purpose of the brick in the middle?
I do some like that, so I can use a drip pan that is a little bigger. The four corners of a rectangular drip pan can hang over the charcoal, if you sit it up on a brick. (Or inverted pie pan........or cast iron skillet.......)

I used the "snake" method last weekend. I used 2 briquets wide by 2 briquets deep, with a gap between the ends about like the one in code3's picture. I left the top vent all the way open (but one hole is blocked by my thermometer.) and the bottom vent about 25% open. It held around 275 (at the top of the lid.) for 11 hours.
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+2 for the snake. My brisket smoke last weekend lasted 12 hrs with this arrangement.

Good luck!
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+3 for snake :)
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Great pic - don't even need a description of what to do, Code3rrt!
Small things like that are a big help to us newer folks. Thanks - yet
another reason this is such a great place to come for advice....
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I'm cooking a 9.5 lb packer brisket (after trimming) in my kettle as I type. My charcoal setup looks almost identical to code3rrt's, only I got mine burning clockwise lol.

7 hours in, and the ring is about 2/3rds burned, but I've been trying to keep it up between 275-300, so it's burning a bit faster than if I were keeping it down around 230-250.

I'm confident the brisket will be done before the coals burn out. It's truly set and forget though.
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