House of Q Cooking Classes at ATBBQ #TeamYoder

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.

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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.

Brian Misko of House of Q at All Things BBQ

Brian Misko at ATBBQ YS640

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:

Steve Hamous at ATBBQ Cooking Classes

And Kim’s smiling face is always front and center at classes:

Brian Misko and Kim Rosen at ATBBQ Cooking 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.”

Brian Misko Cooking Classes at ATBBQ

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.

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Here’s Brian’s Cranked Up Meatloaf recipe from ATBBQ’s The Sauce YouTube Channel:

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!

Watch Ty on Food Network Kids BBQ Championship #TeamYoder

About this time last year, we told you about 13 year old Ty Machado taking the Texas BBQ competition world by storm. We’re thrilled to announce that Ty is still cooking and taking great calls all over the Lone Star state, but he’s also about to make his television debut tonight on Food Network’s Kids BBQ Championship! The show features 8 young pitmasters vying for the title and a $20K prize. No big surprise, we’re rooting for Ty! #TeamYoder

Food Network Kids BBQ Champion

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:

Ty Machado on Kids BBQ Champion Food Network

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.

Ty Machado on Food Network Kids BBQ Championship

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…

 

Insomniacs BBQ | #TeamYoder Mexico

Insomniacs BBQ Team's Yoder Smokers Cimarron Offset Wood Smoker

Barbecue brings people together, it’s the simple truth, and we are proud to be a part of that legacy. Yoder Smokers can be found all over the globe, from the Netherlands in northern Europe to New Caledonia in the South Pacific. If we don’t have a dealer in your area, we’ll try our darnedest to get you the Yoder Smoker of your dreams. Case in point: Hermosillo, Mexico competition barbecue team Insomniacs BBQ, who cook on not one but THREE Yoder Smokers!

Insomniacs BBQ Team's Yoder Smokers Cimarron Offset Wood Smoker

Sergio Castelo had been cooking with charcoal for over a decade when he first started researching pellet grills last year and discovered Yoder Smokers. Because there is not currently a dealer in Mexico, he reached out to owner Don Cary who informed him that YS Customer Service and Forum Manager Herb McBride lives in Tuscon, Arizona – only about an hour across the border. Even better, Herb had both the YS640 and YS1500 pellet cookers Sergio was interested in learning more about and was more than willing to demonstrate them. After visiting and seeing the two pellet cookers side by side, Sergio decided on the YS1500 and ordered his first Yoder Smoker.

Back home in Hermosillo with his YS1500, Sergio was in constant contact with Herb about methods, best practices, recipes, gadgets, etc. He was cooking almost daily, infected with the “BBQ bug,” which he passed on to his friends.

One of those friends, Guillermo Olaiz, had developed a love for American-style low and slow barbecue when he lived in Nogales, Arizona. Moving back to Mexico where the intense heat often surpassed 125º F or more, Guillermo’s interest in spending all day manning a smoker dampened, and for over 16 years his cooking leaned primarily towards grilling. Sergio’s new pellet grill seemed like a great way to get the flavor results he craved without manning a smoker all day, and Guillermo decided to order one for himself – a Yoder Smokers YS640. He started selling ribs and pulled pork on the weekends, with great reviews.

Insomniacs BBQ Team's Yoder Smokers YS1500 and YS640 Pellet Grills

In summer of 2015, Guillermo co-founded Sociedad de Parrilleros de Sonora, a local barbecue society and Facebook fan page that promotes outdoor cooking. He and Sergio wanted to elevate their barbecue community to a higher level, to learn from quality pitmasters and be able to cook KCBS-standard food that would  fit in at US BBQ competitions. Herb mentioned that Canadian championship BBQ team House of Q would be coming through Arizona after competing at the Jack Daniels BBQ championship and the World Food Championships and would be willing to visit Hermosillo to teach a private competition BBQ class to Sergio and Guillermo.

House of Q and Insomniacs BBQ Teams

BBQ Brian and his team went through their normal three day competition schedule and routine with Sergio and Guillermo, spending extra time sharing recipes and cooking local food items. After the House of Q visit, Sergio and Guillermo felt more confident about their BBQ skills and they have formed a competition team: Insomniacs BBQ. Fired up with inspiration – and adding a customized Yoder Smokers Cimarron offset wood competition cart to their arsenal – Insomniacs BBQ are planning on competing in both Mexican BBQ competition in 2016 and have high hopes of qualifying for the nationals in Monterrey in August.

 

House of Q and Insomniacs BBQ cooking on a Yoder Smokers YS1500

“It’s been a great experience to have Herb’s help available and to have entered the world of BBQ with Yoder Smokers,”  says Guillermo. “The quality of their smokers and all the products from All Things BBQ keep us well equipped to provide good food to our friends and customers and provide the best tools to enter the world of competitive barbecue. Our goal is simple, get Insomniacs BBQ into the Jack, the KCBS and Memphis in May!”

House of Q and Insomniacs BBQ Teams

Click here to view more photos from House of Q’s workshop with Insomniacs BBQ in Mexico on Facebook.

Meet Southern Krunk – #WhyIYoder

Southern Krunk Cooks on Yoder Smokers The Southern Krunk BBQ Society is a competition team based in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Pitmasters Andy Allen and Randy Hill have a convivial approach to cooking that masterfully blends smoke, fire, and whole lot of tomfoolery to result in lip-smacking food and, more importantly, friends from coast to coast. Their larger-than-life personalities have gotten them featured on shows like Pitmasters and BBQ Crawl.

The team’s third leg, so to speak, is Juanita, a custom made Yoder Smokers Frontiersman. We asked Randy to tell us a little bit about Southern Krunk’s secret charm: “Well, right after we bought her, we took her to a KCBS cook off in Anthony, Kansas and got 3rd in pork without even seasoning the pit. We also lost our wheel on the way home. I have pulled her from Hot Springs to Chicago, Salisbury Maryland, Oklahoma City, and Hammond LA and many places in between. I’ve been to over 40 different cities with Juanita. I cooked with her up on a jack in Marshall, TX after getting a flat tire. She’s been to The Jack and The Royal, in the middle of a field in Delight, AR (after getting stuck in a ditch with her), on the banks of Lake Degray outside Hot Springs, on the infield of Oaklawn where triple crown winner American Pharaoh ran, outside soldier field in Chicago, in many an asphalt paring lot form Lexington KY to Shreveport LA; on the banks of the Mississippi in Greenville MS, to the banks of the Yazoo in Greenwood MS. She’s cooked fundraisers on Bathhouse row in Hot Springs National Park, AR and at my sons’ high school (Hot Springs, home of the Trojans!) But my favorite place I’ve ever cooked with Juanita? At the Case d’ Krunk in Hot Springs!”

Check out some photos of Southern Krunk and Juanita in action:

Randy notes that Southern Krunk has won an IBCA comp on Juanita, as well as quite a few local cooks. He also mentioned that his favorite thing to cook on Juanita is lamb.

What surprises Southern Krunk the most about Yoder Smokers, and how would they improve on them?

The incredible value you get in [Yoder Smokers], the service after the sale is second to none– Just ask Joe. Future Yoders need some bling! I’ve got LED lights on Juanita’s undersides… We need a Juanita numero dos… I would trick that mutha out!

Visit Southern Krunk on Facebook and Instagram.

If you cook on Yoder Smokers and would like to be featured here on our blog, let us know.

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!

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.

BBQ Brian Misko Grilling With House of Q Cookbook

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!