Machado & Son #TeamYoder

We love hearing stories about teams cooking on Yoders and winning, but this post in one of the Yoder Smokers Facebook groups really warmed our hearts. We asked Joey Machado if it was okay to repost this here, and he gladly obliged, sending us some more photos and telling us the story behind it.

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Joey Machado has been cooking competitively for 14 years and says the Yoder has made his life so much simpler. As a member of the American Petroleum Industry (API), he is responsible for running many cookoffs in the Central and South Texas region, so he hasn’t been competing. Luckily, he’s been grooming his 13 year old son, Ty (shown above with Ernest Servantes), to not only help him prep, but to carry on the family tradition of cooking. And winning!

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He has learned well and I am able to let him cook worry free knowing that the Yoder will do its job and not have to check up on him. He follows my recipes and cook times and is almost able to duplicate my products. Really, without the Yoder it would be almost impossible for him to be able to compete.

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BEST SHOWINGS – all cooking on Yoder 640 all on same pit at same time

  • Carrizo Springs Texas- 2nd Annual Dimmit County Pit Master 2014
    1st Chicken, 2nd Brisket and 3rd ribs
  • Del Rio Texas , API Wintergarden Chapter Bass Tournament and BBQ Cook Off 2015
    1st Cooks Choice, 2nd Chicken and 2nd Ribs (all cooked and prepped by Ty)
  • San Antonio Texas, API San Antonio Roping and BBQ Cook Off 2015
    3rd Cooks Choice , 2nd Chicken, 4th Ribs, 5th Brisket  (all cooked and
    prepped by Ty) Cutting Board and Wooden Boot Jack
  • Zapata Texas , API Laredo Roping and BBQ Cook Off 2015
    4th Chicken  (cooked and prepped by Ty)
  • Seguin Texas, LULAC  Cinco De Mayo Festival 2015 weekend before last
    1st Chicken, 2nd Ribs and 3rd Brisket  Beer Can Trophies
  • Laredo Texas, LAPS ( Laredo Animal Protective Society) 1st Annual Hogs and
    Dogs BBQ Cook-off (my 13yo son and I cooked together) 2015 this past weekend
  • 1st Chicken ($400) 5th Ribs ($75) 5th Brisket ($75)
  • Next Cook Off 22-23 this month in Uvalde Texas

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Thanks to Joey and Ty Machado for being a winning part of #TeamYoder!

The Hungry Heart #WhyIYoder

The first thing you see when entering Wichita’s The Hungry Heart from the parking lot that separates it from InTrust Arena is a bright blue custom Yoder Smokers Frontiersman, beckoning you inside.

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When John David Payne left his corporate job in California to start a gastropub/microbrewery in the middle of the biggest city in Kansas, he knew he wanted to bring some West Coast back with him. Ahi nachos, fish tacos, and Asian-spiced chicken wings are some of the signature dishes at The Hungry Heart. But the Fort Scott native wanted to make sure to offer some hearty barbecue options to appeal to the more stubbornly midwestern appetites – their pulled pork sandwich is their best-seller, so he started to research cookers and stumbled upon Yoder Smokers.

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“I heard about Yoder Smokers through my parents and when I met the owners and toured the facilities I had in mind to buy something bigger but based on what I would be cooking the guys convinced me that I didn’t to spend as much money and would a get a better value on this particular model. So I appreciated that Yoder was willing to not make as much money off of me as they could’ve made. You don’t see that often in commerce.”

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John David says the most surprising thing about The Hungry Heart’s Yoder is how well it holds its heat for such a big cooker. “I have had a great experience with Yoder. The quality of their products is consistent which is needed for my restaurant. I really appreciate the quality of service from Don and Josh. After I got the smoker, they came over to help me break it in and gave me some pointers. I’m very glad I bought locally and from them.”

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The Hungry Heart Gastropub Yoder Smokers