St. Louis Style and Baby Back Pork Ribs


Creekstone Outdoor Living / Yoder Smokers dealer

Looking for a weekend recipe? Try these mouthwatering pork ribs smoked on a Yoder Smokers YS640s pellet grill:

Recipe for St. Louis style or Baby Back Pork Ribs:

1. Pull membrane off back of rack (hint:use a butter knife and a paper towel to grip)⁠
2. Season back side with Meat Church Hot Honey Hog⁠
3. Flip and season meat side with Meat Church Honey Hog ⁠
4. Smoke at 275 for two hours⁠
5. Layout 2 layers of foil ⁠
6. Add brown sugar, butter, and honey⁠
7. Remove ribs from smoker, lay meat side down on brown sugar bed⁠
8. Wrap both layers of foil tight and return to grill⁠
9. Cook additional 2 hours at 275⁠
10. Prepare glaze – mix 1/2 cup maple syrup, 2 Tablespoons Hotline Pepper Products Evil Ooze, 1/4 cup butter, 1/4 cup ketchup, 2+ tablespoons lime juice (to taste), simmer 15 minutes ⁠
11. Remove ribs from foil, glaze, and cook for 5-10 minutes to set glaze⁠
12. Pull off grill, cover with foil, and rest for 15 minutes before serving. ⁠





A custom Yoder Smokers trailer is at the heart of Paul Hartman’s business and community life.

Emblazoned with the American Family Insurance logo and phrase “This is my dream, what’s your dream?”, he uses it to promote his emerging insurance agency and provide a perk for clients. At times, he even parks it outside his office building to serve as a sign.

When he’s not working, Paul hauls the Cimarron smoker trailer to community and church events, cooking barbecue meals to support local organizations and residents.

He considers it the perfect partner in achieving his personal and professional goals.

“I have a serving heart,” he said, “and in my opinion there’s no better way to serve people than with good food, and there’s no better food than barbecue.”

It’s no accident that Paul’s trailer is so versatile. With a breadth of experience in the insurance industry and as a backyard pit master, he sat down in June and wrote a business plan that included using a Yoder Smokers pit to build brand awareness through community involvement.

A few months later – on the Friday before Labor Day – Paul made the 816-mile trip from his home in Neenah, WI, to the Yoder Smokers plant to pick up his custom Cimarron along with a matching YS640s pellet grill on a comp cart. Both the Cimarron and the YS640s are painted white with American Family Insurance graphics.

He drove away from the plant about 3:30 p.m. that Friday and set to work.

The following Monday, Paul pulled his trailer in the annual Labor Day parade. The next weekend, he competed with it in his church’s 4th annual Holy Smokes BBQ competition – using the contest as a vehicle to raise $3,450 for organizations that help cancer patients and their families in honor of his friend Donovan – an 11-year-old battling kidney cancer.

In mid-October, Paul held a grand opening reception at his new agency, structuring the event around his custom trailer. The Cimarron handled 20 pork butts and three large batches each of cowboy beans and Mac N’ Cheese like a champ, but with an estimated 2,000 people in attendance, the barbecue spread didn’t last long.

“The food was just unbelievable,” Paul said. “There’s a photo of a kid savoring a pulled pork sandwich that stretches clear across his face. That says it all.”

He recently brought along his trailer when meeting with a commercial client providing affordable rentals to residents – many of whom could benefit from renter’s insurance through Paul’s agency. The Cimarron provided the jumping-off point Paul needed to engage the client and establish a partnership.

In-between large events, Paul uses his Cimarron and YS640s to cook for shelters, his church, clients and other families. He’s organizing a huge barbecue for the Fourth of July as a “thank you” to clients and their families.

He feels good about choosing Yoder Smokers pits to represent him as a businessman and community supporter. Not only because of the quality of the food, but because the Kansas-based company values altruism.

“Nobody else can custom design a smoker like that to fit my dream,” he said. “The quality is second to none, and the workmanship is impeccable. And you guys have your own dream. It’s evident in your culture. Our business models of serving people are in line with each other.”

My Yoder Story


Scott Wilkos has named his barbecue operation “Divine Swine BBQ,” through which he supports local first responders with great barbecue.




A North Carolina man has found a Yoder Smokers pellet grill to be the perfect partner in his mission of thanking and supporting first responders through great barbecue.

As a disabled former firefighter forced to retire in 1996 after breaking his back in the line of duty, Scott Wilkos now works to support other emergency first responders and the vital community service they provide.

The 47-year-old volunteers as a trained emergency chaplain in Durham, N.C., providing mental and emotional counsel to area first responders and 911 communication staff. 

As part of this service, he and his wife, Ann, open their home to all on-duty first responders several times each year, serving staff and officers a first-class barbecue meal of pulled pork, BBQ baked beans, Mac N’ Cheese, fried green beans, coleslaw and Swedish apple pie and banana pudding for dessert.

In the beginning only a handful of first responders would attend, but after Scott and Ann adjusted the times and word spread, Scott found they could be feeding more than 65 people during the six-hour, drop-in barbecue. Then they started delivering meals to 911 dispatchers and staff who couldn’t leave their posts – meaning they could be catering to nearly 100 people in one evening and smoking more than 60 pounds of meat.

The grill Scott was using couldn’t handle the load, and he needed to upgrade. After researching pellet grills, he chose the Yoder Smokers YS640 and has been cooking on the pit since May – so far using it for three of his large home gatherings and several other events to support first responders.

The scope of Scott’s mission has expanded with the YS640, and he has named his operation “Divine Swine BBQ.” On Veterans Day, he smoked 12 Boston Butts and 2 briskets for 200 first responders across 8 agencies and 2 counties. 

Durham Police Officer Terrance Alston said everyone appreciates Scott’s efforts and his “excellent” meals.

“It’s priceless,” he said. “He’s going out of his way, above and beyond, to make sure we’re taken care of spiritually and physically.”

And the food?

“I can honestly say that every meal I’ve had from him is amazing,” Terrance said. “One of my favorite meals is barbecue, and he’s above restaurants in town. I’d rather have his food. He knows what he’s doing. I’m envious because I can’t cook like that.”

Other first responders say the same.

“It’s really cool,” Scott said. “We enjoy having that kind of feedback. When it comes to the main portion, which is pork, the YS640 really makes it easy to do. People are telling us they don’t even need the sauce – it’s flavorful and it’s moist.”

Scott enjoys working hard to feed officers and staff and plans to continue growing his mission.

“Most often we see our first responders during or after some of the worst calls they can go on,” he said. “Being able to feed and spend a small amount of time with my public safety brothers and sisters when there isn’t a crisis is an amazing opportunity.”

The Wilkos don’t just use the YS640 to feed others. Scott said it has elevated their family meals and makes it easy to stick to a low-carbohydrate diet.

“There’s not a single thing we have cooked on it that we haven’t loved the flavor,” Scott said. “It almost feels like cheating. We’ve done beef ribs and salmon – everything that we’ve cooked on there has been phenomenal.”


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Meet our dealers

Proud Souls Barbecue & Provisions owners Tony Roberts, left, and Dan Casey, right, with Jason Ganahl of GQue Barbecue in Colorado during a recent Proud Souls event.



2485 N Federal Blvd, Denver, CO

From left: Chris Webb, Dan Casey and Tony Roberts at a BBQ event in Denver.

Tony Roberts, Dan Casey and Chris Webb opened Proud Souls Barbecue & Provisions to introduce the Denver area to niche BBQ products rarely found in chain stores. Made in the USA with a focus on quality over quantity, Yoder Smokers pits fit perfectly into that model.
“We wanted to provide our customers access to the premiere line of grills and smokers,” said Tony, Proud Souls founder.
Run by experienced pitmasters with a bevy of BBQ competition championships, Proud Souls offers something else often lacking at big box stores – knowledge. The mission is to educate customers about BBQ and build excitement. Proud Souls frequently offers BBQ classes and contests at their location.
“The purpose of our business is to provide an outlet for people to learn and create BBQ memories of their own,” Tony said.
Tony, Dan and Chris are active members of the Kansas City BBQ Society and the Rocky Mountain BBQ Association.
When not working in the shop, you can find them competing in sanctioned BBQ contests in and around Colorado. Tony and Dan compete as Proud Souls BBQ and Chris as Bushmaster BBQ. They have a combined 5 Grand and Reserve Grand Championships, 10 1st-place category finishes and more than 50 individual category top 10 calls.

You can find Proud Souls at the corner of 25th Ave. and Federal Blvd. in Denver and online at