Real Smoked BBQ, Fired Up With Yoder

These monster Yoder Smokers are getting ready for a west coast road trip. The 36″ X 108″ triple-door offset wood-fired pits are the latest custom smokers we’ve made for the Ingram family barbecue empire. The Ingrams run six popular restaurants spread out across California’s fertile Central Coast region known for barbecue that is so delicious, it regularly sells out.

Custom Yoder Smokers En Route to California

Each of the Ingram family’s restaurants has its own distinct personality and specialties (local craft beer, live blues) but the tie that binds them is the tagline “Real Smoked BBQ,” which they achieve by cooking low and slow on their custom Yoder Smokers. Over the years, we have built a dozen heavy duty offset pits for the family and we are very proud to be part of their barbecue legacy. The two new smokers are headed for Mission St. BBQ in Santa Cruz and South Winchester BBQ in San Jose.

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BBQ Brothers: Larry, Eric, and Franz Ingram

Visit the Ingram Brothers’ BBQ restaurants and check out their Yoder Smokers at work!

• Aptos St. BBQ, 8059 Aptos St., Aptos. 831-662-1721, aptosstbbq.com

• BBQ 152, 8295 Monterey St., Gilroy 408-842-4499, bbq152.com

• Mission St. BBQ, 1618 Mission St., Santa Cruz. 831-458-2222, missionstbbq.com

• Salinas City BBQ, Salinas, 700 W. Market St., Salinas, 831-758-2227, salinascitybbq.com

• Trail Dust BBQ, 17240 Monterey Road, Morgan Hill, 408-776-9072, www.traildustbbq.com

• South Winchester BBQ, 1326 South Winchester Blvd., San Jose, 408-376-0485, www.swinchesterbbq.com

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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

For more photos and video, visit Yoder Smokers on Facebook or Instagram.

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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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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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!)

Yoder Smokers at Fiery Foods Show

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Yoder Smokers is returning to Albuquerque, New Mexico this Spring as a sponsor of the National Fiery Foods & BBQ Show, March 4-6 2016 at the Sandia Resort & Casino.

The show, now in its 28th year, is the largest and most visited exhibition of spicy foods and barbecue in the world, featuring 200+ exhibitor booths filled with more than 1,000 different products.

VP Joe Phillips and Customer Service/Forum Manager Herb McBride will be on site, bringing several of our most popular cookers from Kansas to showcase in the Yoder Smokers booth in the Sandia’s Grand Ballroom. These cookers will be available to take home at show’s end and we are accepting preorders by telephone only, starting today. See a list of the Yoder Smokers models we will be bringing to New Mexico on the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/251288168535632/ Call 620-802-0217 during business hours to make a deposit and reserve one of the display units before they sell out!

Some photos from Yoder’s trip to Fiery Foods last year:

Yoder Smokers at the Fiery Foods Show

Rumor has it that the Yoder Gnome will be back, by popular demand.

Yoder Smokers at the Fiery Foods Show

Stop by to check out our cookers and ask some questions. These are the folks who have all the answers you need to know about Yoder Smokers!

Yoder Smokers at the Fiery Foods Show

 

 

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.

 

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A Visit to the Yoder Smokers Factory

Have you ever wondered where your Yoder Smoker was born? Wonder no further! Here are some highlights from a recent visit to our factory in Hutchinson, Kansas where raw steel is sheared, shaped and welded to become the world’s finest barbecue pits.

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.

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