Yoder Smokers competition carts are available in three standard colors with no additional charge: orange, black and silver. Over the years, many customers have requested carts in colors to match their competition BBQ or business logo, favorite sports team, or even their car.
Blue- and yellow-clad custom painted Competition Carts ready to be mounted on YS640 Pellet Cookers.
We can match just about any color in the rainbow. Give us a call at 877-409-6337 ext. 1 to learn more about options, availability, and pricing.
We took the grates off the charcoal pit and cooked Cowboy-style T-bones and corn in the husks right on the glowing coals.
Steven’s Chinatown Spareribs were a huge hit with the crowd, shown here by Cody.
It was a lot of fun showing Steven #WhyIYoder and learning some new recipes from his barbecue travels. Smoked ice cream was another huge hit. We’re going to have to do more experimenting and, hopefully, have him back sometime soon.
Our Wichita retailer All Things Barbecue hosts monthly cooking classes in their teaching kitchen. It’s a fantastic set-up with an indoor demo kitchen that features overhead cameras so students can see what the chef’s is doing from all angles and a big outdoor patio with a fleet of smokers and grills to cook on, many of which are Yoder Smokers. ATBBQ’s House Chef Tom Jackson, who creates the recipes for their blog The Sauce leads classes with the help of friends like pitmaster Andy Groneman of Smoke on Wheels BBQ and occasional guest instructors.
We’ve been lucky enough to have BBQ Brian Misko from Vancouver’s House of Q to preside over classes at ATBBQ twice now and it is always a lot of fun. Brian uses a Yoder Smokers YS1500 in BBQ competitions, taking top calls at such prestigious events as the Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue and the World Food Championships. He released his first cookbook, Grilling With House of Q, last year and it quickly became a bestseller in his native Canada. ATBBQ is the exclusive US distributor of House of Q’s popular BBQ sauces and rubs.
There are certain folks we expect to see at All Things BBQ classes. Steve Hamous, for example, is always there to lend a hand with the Yoder Smokers:
And Kim’s smiling face is always front and center at classes:
Sometimes there are new faces in the room, mostly people from the Wichita area or greater Kansas, often from neighboring states like Oklahoma, Missouri, or Nebraska. But this last class of Brian’s brought visitors who flew in from almost as far away as he did! Randy and Chris came in from Billings, Montana and took the time to drive out and see the factory in Hutchinson where their Yoder Smokers pellet grills were made. They found out about Yoders via social media and learned about the classes through subscribing to ATBBQ’s newsletter and The Sauce’s YouTube channel. Elaine flew in from Nashville, where she cooks on a Loaded Wichita. She enjoyed Brian’s Grilling With House of Q and wanted to meet the guy who could come up with a recipe called “Cockroach Chicken.”
What did Elaine think of her trip?
OMG! It was worth every cent to meet Brian and attend his classes. I learned so much and have already tested my learning. I smoked the best brisket that I have ever eaten! Thank you Brian Misko! My ribs were so good that my next door neighbors deemed them: “out of the park” as in that good! I love my Yoder Loaded Wichita and she is such a pleasure to smoke and grill on. My favorite is “Cockroach Chicken.” Brian’s secret brine is awesome. ATBBQ is such a friendly and warm place to shop and come to classes.
If you’re a Yoder Smokers owner or contemplating becoming one, ATBBQ is a great place to see a wide selection of our cookers all in one place and there is usually something cooking on their patio. Check out their upcoming cooking classes and see if there is anything that piques your interest. And let us know if you’re coming!
The second season of Project Smoke premiered this weekend, featuring the national television debut of the Yoder Smokers Loaded Wichita offset pit! In the first episode, Steven Raichlen uses a butcher shop mistake to his advantage, with the unexpected delivery of beef plate ribs turning into Smoked Brisket On The Bone. He smokes them low and slow on the Wichita for ten hours with absolutely mouthwatering results. Here are some screen shots from The ABCs of Smoke, in case you missed it. Find the recipe and where to watch the show in your area or online at ProjectSmoke.org.
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.
Ty has been cooking against adults in the tough world of Texas BBQ, so he was definitely well-prepared for the rigors of competing on the show. The series was filmed on a vineyard in picturesque Malibu, CA, with the kids cooking on provided gas and charcoal grills. (Maybe next time they’ll use pellet cookers and offset smokers!)
Tune into Food Network on Mondays at 8/7CT, starting tonight, to see Ty in action! Here he is with Kids BBQ Championship hosts Camilla Alves and Eddie Jackson in front of his competition trailer:
Next up for Ty this barbecue season? Mastering the stick burner. He has a Yoder Smokers Kingman in the works. We are excited to see him put it to use! Seeing him carrying on the family tradition is truly #WhyIYoder.
There is more #TeamYoder to watch on TV this week! Look for the second season of Steven Raichlen’s Project Smoke on your local PBS affiliate this weekend and see if you can spot the Yoders…
Our Customer Service/Forum Manager Herb McBride and his better half, Alice, got to spend some time in New Mexico recently on the set of TV series Longmire. If you’re not familiar with the show, it is a contemporary western set in Wyoming and it has a fan base that is truly fanatical! Longmire just started filming their fifth season for Netflix and we were pleased as punch that they decided to not only bring back the YS1500 pellet smoker but also to add a new Yoder Smoker 24″ x 48″ charcoal grill! Randy Moore of Great FX keeps us up to speed with onset Yoder-ing on his Instagram #LongmireFX. Randy’s comments about the new flat-top grill: “I have a habit of buying only the best tools. That’s why I bought the Yoder smoker and grill. The charcoal grill is excellent for burgers like we made in the scene here. Maggie is also looking forward to grilling tomatoes and chili for her salsa. Awesome product. Welds are perfect, steel is thick, design of charcoal grate is neat, and it’s built 100% in the USA! Thank you!”
Herb and Alice had a great time being extras on the show and helping Randy and the Longmire FX crew out with their pits.
Herb and Alice with Longmire stars Katee Sackhoff (“Vic” Moretti) and Robert Taylor (Walt Longmire):
Herb and Alice with Tom Wopat (Sheriff Jim Wilkins):
There was a ton of food, of course, but Herb’s Smoked Crack-ers were, in his own words, a STUPENDOUS hit.
Having eaten my fair share of these, I know this is the absolute truth! Those things are addictive, hence the name Crack-ers.
Herb said that in the middle of filming, Katee Sackhoff turn to them and said “you better not hand out all those crackers before I get some!” He reassured her that he and Alice had set aside a small bag just for Robert and her. Phew! You wouldn’t want to tick that lady off…
Ken Walker loves his smoker and even wrote about how he decided to purchase a Yoder Smokers Wichita offset smoker on his blog, The Carnivorous Food Breeze. He is a frequent poster on our Team Yoder Facebook Group and often shares photos of his recipes. We’ve noticed he has a propensity for loading up his Loaded Wichita to smoke for his local homeless shelter, sixty pounds of meat at a time. Recently, he did six big pork shoulders:
He’s also loaded up on chickens when he comes across a good deal. What a great way to share the savings!
It’s very rewarding for us to see Yoder Smokers owners who truly love firing up their pits, and even more so when they cook for others who are less fortunate. If you have photos from cooks you have done for charity, please share them on your social networks using the hashtags #TeamYoder or #WhyIYoder, post them to the Yoder Smokers Facebook page, or on our official Community Forum. We’d love to see how you share your smoker with others.
Chef Michael Symon is one of the most well known culinary personalities in the country, due in no small part to his television roles as an Iron Chef, host of Burgers, Brew & ‘Que, and co-host of The Chew. He also runs almost twenty popular restaurants and somehow still finds time to work in his garden and cook at home for family and friends. We were thrilled to see him in front of his Kingman offset wood smoker in People Magazine last summer and were even more excited that he name checked his Yoder Smoker in Food Network Magazine‘s tailgating story this Fall:
Pro- beer and bourbon, anti- face paint, pro- Yoder Smoker for at-home tailgating? Chef Symon is totally in our wheelhouse.
But our favorite Chef Symon moment so far has to be from this Valentine’s Day, when he responded to a Twitter query about what brand of smoker he’d recommend for a novice griller:
You don’t hear much buyer’s remorse among Yoder Smokers owners in regards to cooking performance. One regret we DO hear a lot, though, is owners wishing they had gone ahead and ordered the competition cart option instead of trying to scrimp and save a little cash by ordering their pellet cooker mounted on a standard cart. They are thrilled to discover you can always upgrade to the competition cart for your YS480 or YS640 whenever you’re ready. But then you’re left with an empty cart on wheels… what do you do with the perfectly good, durable steel Yoder Smokers cart that’s left behind?
Aaron and his wife recently traveled from Ohio to North Carolina to visit his parents and celebrate “Thanksmas” – Thanksgiving, his 30th birthday, and a shower for their first baby, due in March. He had no idea they were planning a special surprise just for him!
“It was a complete surprise, I have not ever told mom and dad I wanted a new smoker before. I have been cooking on a Weber bullet for 5 or 6 years now and had told my wife I wanted to upgrade one day to something that had more surface area for when I host, not to mention to move away from charcoal heat. They didn’t even ask my wife which I liked… They did their own research and also saw some post from YS that I’ve “liked” in the past on Facebook.”
Since the cooker wasn’t scheduled to be delivered for a few more weeks, Aaron’s mom made a miniature Cheyenne to give him, crafted from paper towel rolls, straws, styrofoam, and black spray paint… right down to the “Yoder” plate on the main chamber. Pretty impressive DIY skills and attention to detail!
Back home in Ohio, Aaron received his Cheyenne:
“I was/am very excited for their choice… Even figured out all the bells and whistles I wanted with it. Very thankful.”
Aaron put the Cheyenne to the test, with a classic chicken and ribs combo for his first cook:
Thank you to Aaron’s wife and parents for such a great #TeamYoder story! We know your family will have a lifetime of cookout stories gathered around the Cheyenne.