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
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…
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
- 1st Chicken ($400) 5th Ribs ($75) 5th Brisket ($75)
- Next Cook Off 22-23 this month in Uvalde Texas
Thanks to Joey and Ty Machado for being a winning part of #TeamYoder!