Originally Posted by BuffaloBBQ
I have one week before I go back to work, and want one more opportunity to BBQ. I have heard a bit about the Minion method. Has anyone tried this on a kettle grill?
Certainly have. What I usually do for the old kettle grill is bank up some hot coals against the side, and then bank up some un-lit coals against the lit ones. This still leaves me some room for in direct grilling if need be. Here is what happens. The lit coals gradually light the unlit coals next to them, and then those coals in turn light the ones next to them. And so on. Think of it as a fuse. I reccomend keeping the charcoal load small, because so to is your kettle. You can even string the coals semi-piled up like a snake around the kettle, (the snake method) and just light off one end of it. It will give you a slow, sustained burn.
Its a worthy technique if you are interested in long sustained burns. Great for things like brisket and butts or just whiling away the hours at your pit, watching the smoke curl. Amen.