Steven Raichlen Brings #ProjectSmoke to Wichita

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Yoder Smokers is proud to be a sponsor of Steven Raichlen’s Project Smoke show on public television. We were thrilled to partner with our Wichita retailer All Things Barbecue to welcome the barbecue scholar emeritus for a series of cooking classes. It was kind of like an episode of Project Smoke, but with a whole backline of Yoders! Steven and Chef Tom from ATBBQ’s The Sauce cooked up an incredible array of dishes from the new Project Smoke book on everything from the Loaded Wichita offset smoker to our 24″ x 48″ Flat Top charcoal grill and a fleet of Yoder Smokers pellet grills.

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We took the grates off the charcoal pit and cooked Cowboy-style T-bones and corn in the husks right on the glowing coals.

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Steven’s Chinatown Spareribs were a huge hit with the crowd, shown here by Cody.

Cody shows off Chinatown Ribs at All Things Barbecue

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.

Steven Raichlen Smoked Ice Cream at All Things Barbecue

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Learn more about Steven Raichlen and Project Smoke at barbecuebible.com.

Check out All Things Barbecue’s blog at thesauce.atbbq.com.

 

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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!

Project Smoke Ep. 201: The ABCs of Smoke

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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.

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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.

 

 

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!
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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.

 

 

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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.

Project Smoke Yoder Smokers YS640 Giveaway

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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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.

Andy Does Australia

One of the most recognizable ambassadors of Yoder Smokers is Smoke on Wheels BBQ‘s pitmaster Andy Groneman. He’s been cooking in competitions for more than two decades and has the trophies and bragging rights to show for it, with over 25 Grand Championships under his belt. Andy is also the instructor for cooking classes at All Things Barbecue, where he shows Kansans how to get the most out of their Yoders by preparing demonstration meals from prep to table.

If you follow us on Facebook or Twitter, you probably know that Andy spent the last month in Australia. Our exclusive distributor there, Grill Pro, set up a whirlwind transcontinental teaching tour that paired Andy with local meat and produce purveyors, restauranteurs and gastronomes. From what we could see, Australians love American style BBQ and have an amazing locavore scene that rightly celebrates itself, especially in the glow of summertime.

Here are some photos to give you a taste of #TeamYoderAustralia, snagged from Grill Pro on Facebook:

US Pitmaster Andy Groneman & Andy Collins from The Patch Store trimming up Beef Brisket for Masterclass Dinners hosted by Gary Mehigan in Melbourne

US Pitmaster Andy Groneman & Andy Collins from The Patch Store trimming up Beef Brisket for Masterclass Dinners hosted by Gary Mehigan in Melbourne

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Andy showing the Aussie butchers how to trim up a full packer brisket, separating point from flat at Feast Fine Foods, Norwood

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Andy and Gary McBean from Gary’s Quality Meats with a forequarter of beef at “The Smoker & The Butcher” Masterclass and Dinner hosted by Gary Mehigan in Melbourne

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Andy visits Gary McBean at Gary’s Quality Meats in Melbourne

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Andy’s Lamb Three Ways class at BBQs Plus in Port Melbourne

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Andy shows off American-style pork ribs from Rich Gunner’s pigs available ONLY at Feast! Fine Foods

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Andy in the zone, prepping for “GRILL’N AND CHILL’N” at That Little Brewery, hosted by The Patch Store

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Love that the tank piping is Yoder orange at The Little Brewery!

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Planked Huon Aqua Salmon on the YS640 at “GRILL’N AND CHILL’N”

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Andy preparing the mango jalapeño glazed planked salmon and his championship pork ribs in Adelaide (photo #Repost @antimoiannella)

 

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Andy, Chef Dan and Brett from Aussie Pitmaster and a herd of Yoder Smokers backstage at the Melbourne event hosted by Gary Mehigan