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PostPosted: Sat Jul 12 08 11:47 am    Post subject: all nighter help! Reply with quote

Got my first gig,its a wedding for about 100 people. The question is in my big wood burner do you all think I could get away for a nap if I were going to use the minion method. I cant stay up for 12-16 hours then go feed the masses. I have tried to manage my fire but the best I can do is about 45-55 minutes and it is ready for a few more splits. I cant dampin it down enough to keep it under 300. You all always come up with great advice thanks in advance. P.S I made a expanded metal large basket that fits into my large firebox. Full of bricket I think it might work. I will give a test run, but any help is awsome
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 12 08 1:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

what time are you serving? if its not until dinner, wouldn't getting some sleep and getting up really early t0 get started make more sense?

Get up early, get the meat cooked, and get in a little cat nap while the meat rests??

Just a thought.

What are you cooking?
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 12 08 1:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

When I have done all nighters I just set an alarm to wake me in 1-2 hrs, then throw some more charcoal and lay back down. The minion method might be worth a try however remember if it doesn't work for some reason or another you will need to have a quick backup plan.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 12 08 7:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

82's BBQ wrote:
When I have done all nighters I just set an alarm to wake me in 1-2 hrs, then throw some more charcoal and lay back down. The minion method might be worth a try however remember if it doesn't work for some reason or another you will need to have a quick backup plan.


That's what I do as well, I have found that an hour nap 4 or 5 times during the night really helps and gives me enough rest to get me through.
I also use the alarm on my cell phone and clip it to my shirt so I'll hear it
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 12 08 8:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Leave the brown soda in the fridge and grab the mt. dew instead.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 12 08 10:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Load up the firebox keep your food away from the firebox, and close the damper down, then hit the hay for a few hours, get up to check it and then a few more z's. If you maxed out all the space your pit, you will have to use the minion method and using a charcoal basket makes a big difference.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 12 08 10:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You could always play it safe and make a buddy come over to help, take turns sleeping and watching the fire.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 13 08 6:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

NCBBQFAN wrote:

I also use the alarm on my cell phone and clip it to my shirt so I'll hear it


Just make sure you don't have it on vibrate Embarassed Embarassed
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 13 08 9:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We use a basket with our Klose
Its good for 5 hours
Why not get up early and cook a lil hotter?
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 16 08 10:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I made the basket over the weekend will give it a test burn for the minnion method. The menu for the wedding is pork shoulders,brisket and 2 sides.The briskets are the one that always takes like 16 hours,and we have to be ready to serve by 3:00. Hows this sound? Start at around 22:00 set the smoke for about 6 hours,put the basket in get a 4or 5 hour nap if the basket will run that long,have the little lady get up bring my fire back to life and finish using wood? What do you all think The way I see it is I pull a shift while she is sleeping than She pulls the last shift.I get up all bright eyed and bushy tailed and head out
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 16 08 12:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Whitey, definitely do a test burn (or 5) so you have confidence in the new method. How sure are you on your cook times? You say 16 hrs. for the brisket, with a 10:00pm start it will be done at 2:00pm. If it was me I would give myself a little more wiggle room and start at least an hour or so earlier, wrap in foil and store in a cooler till serving time. Good luck on your first gig and have fun.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 16 08 2:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good point The last few times I done brisket on this cooker at around 225 it took about 16 hours then we let it rest for about (total) 2 hours while it was being sliced and servered. I better plan on putting it on much soon than I thought beings you did the math for Me. Maybe start it around 6:00 that way we can run it real slow and not be pinched for time.. whats the hotest you you run it in a pinch? Maybe towards 300, if I had to rush to finish it(foiled) or not foiled? thanks I am already getting butterflies!!
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 16 08 2:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In a pinch I have pushed the temp. up to 300 after foiling to speed things up. A few of the pieces got over cooked on the bottom side, but I was able to work around it. All-in-all it turned out good.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 16 08 9:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I actually did a company BBQ for about 80 people on my mobile offset. I ran the temps up to about 325 and was able to cook everything in about 6 - 7 hours. I did use foil from about 160 degrees up to 195-200 though. On the way up to 160 I was able to take cat naps and it worked out really well. Just my input on how I did my cook. I hope this helps.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 17 08 7:41 am    Post subject: test run Reply with quote

We are vending a dirt bike race this wekend.. It will be a great time to do a test burn on friday with the charcoal basket and another test burn with a brisket on it as a sample on sat. I read some of those boys down south cook at some real crazy temps. I am going to try 350 with lots of mop and foil within just a few hours. Should be fun. Thanks guys/gals? for all the help.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 18 08 1:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

not the threadjack but what is the minion method
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