Chef Michael Symon on his Yoder Smoker

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:

Chef Symon Tailgates on Yoder Smokers in Food Network Magazine

Pro- beer and bourbon, anti- face paint, pro- Yoder Smoker for at-home tailgating? Chef Symon is totally in our wheelhouse.

Chef Symon Tailgates at Home on Yoder Smokers

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:

Chef Symon Cooks on a Yoder Smoker at Home

We like the way that man thinks. (And cooks!)

A Yoder Smokers Birthday Surprise

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!

A miniature Yoder Smokers Cheyenne Offset Cooker

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:

Yoder Smokers Cheyenne Offset Cooker and its mini-me

“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:

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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.

 

Yoder Smokers Cheyenne Offset Cooker A miniature Yoder Smokers Cheyenne Offset Cooker