Project Smoke Memorial Day Premiere | Deviled Smoked Eggs Recipe

Memorial Day is always a favorite holiday for barbecue lovers, since it marks the start of the outdoor grilling season. This Memorial Day weekend will be extra special with the new season of Project Smoke premiering on Public Television, giving many viewers their first glimpse of Yoder Smokers in action!

Yoder Smokers is excited to be a part of Project Smoke this season. One of our main goals is to bring the art and science of cooking with smoke and fire into everyone’s backyard – something we share with Project Smoke creator and host Steven Raichlen, who has made the study of barbecue his life’s work. His books have sold millions of copies and inspired home cooks all over the world to fire up their grills again. The latest, Project Smoke, is a comprehensive guide to smoking with step-by-step instructions from choosing the right cooker through experimenting with smoke flavor profiles. It also features 100 of the best recipes Steven has collected from both seasons of Project Smoke: everything from cocktails to dessert, and all the meaty goodness in-between!
Steven Raichlen Yoder Smokers Cimarron on Project Smoke

How would you like to experience Project Smoke up close and personal in the heart of Kansas? Steven Raichlen will be visiting our sister store All Things Barbecue in Wichita on Saturday, June 25th, sharing BBQ stories and secrets from his travels, cooking on a variety of Yoder Smokers, and signing copies of his new book. Join Project Smoke’s Steven Raichlen for two exclusive cooking classes in the ATBBQ Test Kitchen.

Space is limited, so be sure to register now to reserve your seat before they sell out!

If you’re looking for a crowd-pleasing side dish for your Memorial Day cookout, here’s a great twist on a potluck favorite – straight from page 36 of Project Smoke:

Steven Raichlen’s Deviled Smoked Eggs

Steven Raichlen Smoked Eggs from Project Smoke Yield: Makes 24 halves  Prep time: 20 minutes (plus egg smoking time)

These may be the most flavorful deviled eggs you will ever experience—thanks to an invigorating blast of wood smoke. For even more flavor, top them with bacon, brisket, or smoked seafood.

INGREDIENTS
For the filling
12 Smoked Eggs (see full recipe)
1/3 cup mayonnaise (pref. Hellmann’s or Best Foods), or to taste
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon sriracha, Tabasco sauce, or other favorite hot sauce, or to taste
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

For the toppings (optional)
Chopped chives
Spanish smoked paprika (pimentón)
Regular or smoked salmon caviar
Fried bacon slivers
Finely shredded smoked beef brisket (page 66) or pulled pork (page 88)

  1. Cut the eggs in half lengthwise. Cut a thin slice off the bottom of each half so it won’t wobble. Pop out the yolks and place them and the egg white trimmings in a food processor. (Alternatively, you can mash the yolk mixture with a fork.)
  2. Add the mayonnaise, mustard, sriracha, and Worcestershire sauce, and process to a thick puree. For a creamier filling, add more mayo.
  3. Spoon the mixture back into the egg white halves or pipe it in with a pastry bag or a resealable plastic bag with a lower corner clipped off. Top the eggs, if desired, with a sprinkling of chives and/or smoked paprika, or a dollop of salmon caviar, bacon, or shredded brisket or pork. Refrigerate in a covered container or loosely covered with plastic wrap until serving.

Download the full recipe to save and print: Steven Raichlen’s Deviled Smoked Eggs from Project Smoke (PDF)

Project Smoke Yoder Smokers YS640 Giveaway

To celebrate the release of the Project Smoke book and the premiere of the new season, we are partnering with Steven Raichlen’s Barbecue Bible, Workman Publishing, GrillGrate, and Tailgater Magazine to give away an amazing YS640 pellet grill package! You could win a YS640 with GrillGrate set and tool, plus a copy of Project Smoke.

Learn more and enter for a chance to win the Yoder Smokers YS640 pellet cooker at BarbecueBible.com.

 

 

Cattleman’s Grill Steakhouse Parmesan Cheese Fries

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Just like every cowboy needs a sidekick, every good steak or burger can be made even better with a great side dish.

One of our all-time favorites: Parmesan Cheese Fries, dusted with Cattleman’s Grill Steakhouse Seasoning and fresh herbs. They go with anything, and also make a great main dish – just add leftover brisket, a little more cheese, and call it Irish Nachos. Substitute cheese curds and add gravy for classic Canadian Poutine. The possibilities are endless, especially when you cook them in cast iron on your Yoder Smokers YS640.

INGREDIENTS

Serves 4, as an appetizer

3  medium sized potatoes, washed and cut into strips
2  Tbsp Cattleman’s Grill Steakhouse Seasoning
2  Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/4 – 1/2 Cup  parmesan cheese
1   clove garlic, minced
1   Tbsp fresh parsley, minced

Salt & Pepper to taste

Preheat your YS640 for direct grilling at 425º F. (Be sure to remove the diffuser plate or the trap door of your two-piece diffuser plate.) When your pit comes up to temp go ahead and place your oven safe skillet on the grates over the firebox to preheat. We’re using a 12″ Lodge cast-iron skillet.

Make sure to clean your potatoes before cutting, since we are leaving the skin on. (Note: You can slice your french fries any size you want, ours are cut about a 1/4″ the entire length of the potato.) Put your potato slices in a large bowl and coat them with the olive oil, Cattleman’s Grill Steakhouse seasoning, and garlic.

Head to the cooker and place the fries in your preheated skillet. Stir or rotate every 10 minutes to make sure you get that delicious crisp all around. Around the 30 minute mark, or when browned to your liking, sprinkle the fries evenly with parmesan cheese. Shut the cooker door, allowing the cheese to melt over the fries for an additional 5 minutes or so.

Remove from the skillet and top with scallions or parsley to serve.

Add additional toppings (pulled pork, brisket, chili) as desired or dip into ketchup or ranch dressing.

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Tilapia En Papillote on the YS640

Rosemary Tilapia En Papillote on the Yoder Smokers YS640 Pellet Cooker

Weekday meals can be a struggle, especially at the start of a new year when you’re coming down from the holidays and trying earnestly to stick to all of those resolutions about staying in shape. But eating healthy doesn’t have to be a raw deal, especially when you own a Yoder Smokers YS640 pellet cooker. This versatile cooker makes it easy to avoid the temptation of fast food when you’re on the go: throw a couple of extra chicken breasts on the cooker and cube them up to serve over pre-washed greens from the deli section. On weekends, smoke turkey breasts or pork loin and slice thin to make your own lunchmeat without added preservatives or salt. Incorporate more healthy seafood into your diet by trying new flavor profiles and cooking techniques on your YS640.

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Grilling, smoking, sauteeing and baking are all great methods of preparing fish on the Yoder Smokers YS640 but this recipe features our take on the classic French method called En Papillote – “in paper.” You essentially make a cooking pouch out of parchment paper that steams food in its own juices. This method is not only simple to assemble and quick to cook, but there is very little clean up involved… just slide the fish out of the pouch and onto a bed of greens or some brown rice and you’re golden.

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Fin & Feather Rosemary Tilapia En Papillote

INGREDIENTS

Serves 2

1/2 lime, juiced
1 small jalapeño, seeds removed and diced
1 clove garlic, smashed
1 sprig fresh rosemary
1/4 yellow onion, chopped
Plowboy’s BBQ Fin & Feather Rub
2 tilapia fillets, skin removed
parchment paper

Set up your YS640 for indirect grilling at 250º F, with the diffuser plate in place.

Fold a 18″-20″ length of parchment paper in half and place fillets along inner crease. Mix lime juice, jalapeño, garlic, onion and pour over fish. Sprinkle with Fin & Feather rub and place rosemary sprig on top. Fold parchment to cover fish, then fold ends over to create pouch.

Place pouch on the bottom rack of the YS640 and cook for 25-30 min, or until the internal temp of the fish is 140 degrees. The pouch puffs up during cooking, filling with steam, so cut open carefully. Serve immediately.

 

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Smoked Salmon on the YS1500 Pellet Cooker

Our cookers are great for instant gratification, sure, but one of the little-known facts about smokers is they are a phenomenal tool for meal planning and making the most out of your grocery budget. Smoking for more than just one meal is a great way to stretch your dollar and your time manning the grill. Our customer service guru Herb recently came across a stellar deal at his local Sam’s Club and shared his method for brining and smoking salmon on the Yoder Smokers community Forum.

Smoked salmon is delicious plain, but also adds great flavor to many dishes… try flaking some over your favorite mac and cheese recipe or mixing with cream cheese and capers for a delicious sandwich spread. Herb used his YS1500 pellet cooker for this project, but this works just as well on the Yoder Smokers YS640, too– you just won’t be able to pack quite as many salmon fillets on it! Vacuum packed salmon keeps well in the freezer and also makes a great gift.


Salmon was cheap by the case at Sam’s club last week, so we bought a 36 pound case.

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We cut the fillets in half, rinsed it off and dry brined it.

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After about 3 hours in the brine, we rinsed it off.

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Then let it sit to air dry and form a pellicle.

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Then lightly sprinkled some spices on it all.

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Put it all on the YS1500 to smoke at 200 degrees.

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Here is the end result. These were the first two pieces to hit 145º and be taken off the cooker. (The rest are all very close as well.)

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The rest were vacuum-packed, ready for the freezer.

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