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Yoder Smokers and Steven Raichlen at American Royal

When Steven Raichlen was inducted to the KCBS BBQ Hall of Fame at the American Royal in October, he stopped by the Yoder Smokers booth to check out our cookers and chat. In person, the noted author and television personality is just as gracious and knowledgeable about the art of cooking with fire as he appears on television.

Steven Raichlen and the Yoder Smokers Cimarron Offset Smoker

Steven had heard of Yoder Smokers but had never had the opportunity to see them in person. He asked Don and Joe a lot of questions about the cookers on display and seemed to like what he heard and saw. In fact, he decided to use the Yoder Smokers Cimarron and Loaded Wichita offset smokers for the upcoming season of Project Smoke, which will premiere on PBS stations at the end of May.

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Project Smoke‘s second season was filmed in Palm Springs, California, which proved to be a beautiful backdrop to showcase the capabilities (and movie star good looks) of our Cimarron Competition Smoker. Raichlen promises the new season will feature plenty of traditional low and slow favorites, but also new and innovative ways of using smoke in your cooking. There will be barbecue, of course, but there will also be smokey mixed drinks and an entire episode dedicated to smoking breakfast foods.

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A companion book to the series, Project Smoke, will be available in stores this week. 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 to win at BarbecueBible.com.

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Exciting news for local barbecue lovers – get a chance to experience Project Smoke up close and personal! Join Steven Raichlen for two very special cooking classes at All Things Barbecue on Saturday, June 25th. He’ll be in the ATBBQ test kitchen in Wichita, sharing stories and secrets from his travels, cooking on a variety of Yoder Smokers, and signing copies of Project Smoke. Space is limited, so be sure to register early to reserve your seat.

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BBQ Brian from House of Q

Doing a bit of cooking today…. 14 pork butts slammed into my YS1500. #whyiyoder

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Brian Misko, a.k.a. BBQ Brian, is the pitmaster for House of Q. The Langley, British Columbia-based team has been cooking competitively since 2005, racking up a slew of top calls from contests all across North America over the past decade. In the last few months of 2014 alone, they were named Canadian BBQ Society Team of the Year, took the top international pork call at the Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue, and also nabbed first place in ribs at the World Food Championships – no small feat!

Brian Misko House of Q World Food Champion in Ribs

House of Q introduced their eponymous line of barbecue sauces and rubs to the retail market in 2007, garnering rave reviews from consumers and competition judges alike. Their popular Slow Smoke Gold BBQ Sauce and Slather took second place honors two years running at the prestigious American Royal World Series of Barbecue. Brian’s first cookbook, Grilling With House of Q, was just released on April 11th. It’s absolutely beautiful to look at and will teach even seasoned pitmasters a new trick or two.

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So when did House of Q join #TeamYoder? According to BBQ Brian’s blog, they added the Yoder Smokers YS1500 pellet cooker to their arsenal in the Spring of 2014, as their primary competition cooker for brisket and pork. He also recently got the chance to cook on our Cimarron for a charity event in Saskatchewan. We think it looks like true love!

Yoder Smokers Cimarron Competition BBQ Cooker

Brian told me he first read about Yoders in a magazine and liked their look but didn’t get a chance to get up close and personal to one until he saw them at the American Royal in 2012. “I like my competition long cooks on my Yoder,” he says. “They get amazing crust, great smoke ring, and they turn out fantastic.”

What’s the most popular recipe Brian has created on his YS1500?

I would have to say “Bacon Bites” which is featured in my new cookbook Grilling with House of Q. It really is a simple recipe however rather easy to screw up too!

How-To Video Series Update

We are very hard at work on a series of How-To videos that will help Yoder owners better understand, replace & maintain their barbecue pits. The first five out of the gate cover some installation and replacing of parts for our pellet series. Let us know if there’s a video you’d like to see that would make your Yoder experience better!