Best charcoal smoke method

AlfonzoW

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Just curious how you guys with smokey Joe mini set your charcoal up for a smoke minion, snake methods etc.
 

ChuckO

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Thanks. I will be doing my build tomorrow and smoking something Sunday. Probably beef ribs.
Assuming you don't have a charcoal basket, lay out your charcoal one at a time, don't just pour the bag into the charcoal chamber. It takes about 5 minutes to lay each one flat and you will greatly increase your burn time. If you can, get a bag of the Kingsford Mesquite, that's a wonderful charcoal for beef ribs, and you get blue smoke immediately after getting your SJ-Mini going. Good luck and take some photos

 

ChuckO

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Add that in with lumped charcoal or 100% briquets?
I'm 100% Briquets guy, never really got into Lump. I think it's because a small piece popped out of my chimney and I stepped directly on it with bare feet and that sucker burned at least 10 seconds before I could finally dig it out of my foot.....still burning :mad:
 

AlfonzoW

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Couldn't find a extra grill grate at any of the main stores guess I'll be ordering from Amazon. Should have some photos tomorrow of a mostly finished mini!
 

ChuckO

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Looking forward to seeing your mini Alfonzo. Don't give the 2nd grate too much nevermind, I use my 2nd grate maybe 10% of my cooks in my Mini (and I use my mini a lot)
 

ChuckO

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ChuckO any particular reason you mounted your top grate higher up? I was going to mount mine 4 inch's down.
I have 3 grates in total in my Mini. One 3" from the bottom where my diffuser sits, only 3 inches above the diffuser grate and then one 4" above the middle grate. It's not too often I use my middle grate, maybe a half dozen times in all the years I've had it. However, I recently did rolled ribs in my mini, and that's a cook I'll likely do again, when only doing a rack or two, so my lower grate would compare to your 4" down from the top, and is going to see more use than it has in the past
 

AlfonzoW

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I wanted 3 grates in mine also but I wanted to cut one to fit at the very bottom of the pot. Have the thermometer and first grill grate all set up. It's just me and my wife so 1 grate will be fine but want another grate for bigger cooks when family and friends are over.*

I can smoke on it right now but there's a few more things I want to do.
 

AlfonzoW

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Nothing special but can't wait to try it out. I'll be using the the metal pan with holes that came with the steamer pot for now.



 
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Pat G

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Nice job on that mini Alfonzo! Now let's see some cooks. Where in Texas are you located?
 

AlfonzoW

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I'm south of Houston. I'm not to sure if the wsm center section14.5 works but I'm sure you could "make" it work. Got some expanded metal today to make a charcoal basket with the charcoal grate that came with the smokey Joe then I found this posted by user Alan dively. I like the way it widens towards the top for more coals.

 

Rob VA

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I use that same metal pan with holes that came with the pot. It has been working fine for me.
Good luck on Maiden Voyage!!!
 

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