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:
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.
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…
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!
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.
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!
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.
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