Yoder Smokers on Set of Longmire

The charcoal grill is excellent for burgers like we made in the scene here.

Our Customer Service/Forum Manager Herb McBride and his better half, Alice, got to spend some time in New Mexico recently on the set of TV series Longmire. If you’re not familiar with the show, it is a contemporary western set in Wyoming and it has a fan base that is truly fanatical! Longmire just started filming their fifth season for Netflix and we were pleased as punch that they decided to not only bring back the YS1500 pellet smoker but also to add a new Yoder Smoker 24″ x 48″ charcoal grill! Randy Moore of Great FX keeps us up to speed with onset Yoder-ing on his Instagram #LongmireFX.  Randy’s comments about the new flat-top grill: “I have a habit of buying only the best tools. That’s why I bought the Yoder smoker and grill. The charcoal grill is excellent for burgers like we made in the scene here. Maggie is also looking forward to grilling tomatoes and chili for her salsa. Awesome product. Welds are perfect, steel is thick, design of charcoal grate is neat, and it’s built 100% in the USA! Thank you!”

Herb and Alice had a great time being extras on the show and helping Randy and the Longmire FX crew out with their pits.

Herb and Alice with Longmire stars Katee Sackhoff (“Vic” Moretti) and Robert Taylor (Walt Longmire):

Herb and Alice with Tom Wopat (Sheriff Jim Wilkins):

There was a ton of food, of course, but Herb’s Smoked Crack-ers were, in his own words, a STUPENDOUS hit.

Having eaten my fair share of these, I know this is the absolute truth! Those things are addictive, hence the name Crack-ers.

Herb said that in the middle of filming, Katee Sackhoff turn to them and said “you better not hand out all those crackers before I get some!” He reassured her that he and Alice had set aside a small bag just for Robert and her. Phew! You wouldn’t want to tick that lady off…

Visit the Yoder Smokers Community Forum for Herb’s Smoked Crack-ers Recipe! It’s easy and so addictive that you will never look at a humble saltine the same way…

smoked crackers recipe
Yield: 6 Servings

Smoked Crackers Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Additional Time: 1 day
Total Time: 1 day 2 hours 10 minutes

Herb's simple but delicious smoked crackers.


  • 4 sleeves of regular saltine crackers (I use the Premium brand)
  • 2 cups EVOO
  • 1 packet Hidden Valley powdered dressing mix
  • 1 packet Spicy Hidden Valley powdered dressing mix
  • 1 tablespoon of your favorite rub (I use my own mixture)


  1. Open the sleeves of crackers and gently put them in a 2 gal zip top bag.
  2. Combine the Hidden Valley powders and your desired rub and then grind it all to a powder.
  3. Completely mix the powders into the EVOO and pour the entire mixture into the bag with the crackers, and seal the bag.
  4. Gently move the crackers around so they are evenly distributed in the bag, so the oil mixture has the best chance to absorb into all the crackers.
  5. Gently flip the bag periodically so that the oil mixture has a chance to evenly get to all the crackers.
  6. After 24 hours, and the periodical bag flipping, the oil mixture should all be absorbed.
  7. Put all of the crackers into a grilling basket (I put them into rows - it is OK if they are touching) and smoke at 225 degrees for 2 hours. (I do this in a Yoder Pellet Cooker, so the timings and temperature are correct for this cooker. You may have to experiment with timing and temperature if you are not using a Yoder Pellet Cooker).
  8. Now for the fun part - try different rub mixtures, differing levels of spiciness, flavors, etc. Make the recipe your own so you have your own version of Smoked Crack....ers.

Nutrition Information

Serving Size

20 crackers

Amount Per Serving Calories 1206Total Fat 56.2gSaturated Fat 5.3gCholesterol 0mgSodium 2035mgCarbohydrates 152gFiber 0gSugar 0gProtein 13g


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