Chef Tom Jackson is a Kansas native, born and raised in Wichita. In 2008 he and his wife moved to Portland, Oregon where he attended Oregon Culinary Institute. Tom studied both general culinary skills as well as baking and pastry while working as a cook in a variety of restaurants. After graduating from Oregon Culinary Institute he began working as a bread baker and pastry chef at the renowned Ken’s Artisan Bakery in Northwest Portland. He spent more than four years honing his skills under James Beard Award-winning chef and owner Ken Forkish.
In that time he and his wife had their first child, and the draw of home and family grew stronger. Longtime friends of the Cary family, owners of All Things Barbecue, they returned to Kansas to help All Things Barbecue continue to excel in their cooking classes. Tom has been further developing and building cooking classes and private events at All Things Barbecue since March 2014.
Chef Tom cooks up not one but three pizzas on the Uuni 3 Portable Wood Fired Oven. We like to think there’s a little something in here for everyone, so enjoy and let us know what you’d like to see us cook next.
Josh Cary and Chef Tom Jackson cover the history of the great Arthur Valentine and his Valentine Manufacturing Co. which manufactured portable diner buildings in the middle of the last century. Chef Tom then cooks up an amazing diner burger on a flat top griddle.
Chef Tom shows off the new Uuni 3 Portable Wood Fired Oven and walks you through the changes and upgrades from the previous model. But in the end, the most important thing about this oven is the killer food it creates... and it is amazing.
The beer can burger is back! This time the monster half pound beef burger is sharing the stage with chorizo. Stuffed full of beer braised onions and peppers, topped with manchego cheese and sitting atop fresh made guacamole, there’s no room for disappointment!
Chef Tom cooks up a barbecue classic, the Moink Ball. This combination of Italian Beef meatballs and bacon is a standard snack at barbecue competitions around the country… but we’re going to go ahead and make our meatballs from scratch.
Crostini are a great way to pack a lot of flavor into just a few bites, which makes them the perfect appetizer or party food! It’s a really simple concept – grilled bread with toppings. That leaves all kinds of opportunity for experimentation. There aren’t many rules, but the thing I like to keep in mind is balance. Balance in texture, flavor, even temperature and color.