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.
Looking for some cold weather comfort food? Chef Tom's got you covered with his Smoked Pork Ragu. Boston Butt pork shoulder smoked on the Yoder Smokers YS640s Pellet Grill, then braised in a rich San Marzano tomato sauce and served on a bed of pappardelle pasta!
Join Chef Tom and his dad on a pheasant hunt as they reflect on the many things to be thankful for this holiday season, including a delicious Pheasant Piccata. Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours!
The beautiful thing about the holiday season is that a dish like Puff Pastry Wrapped Brie with Cranberry Chutney is totally appropriate either before or after the big meal. This one is a treat! Oooey, gooey melted brie cheese pouring out of its flaky puff pastry crust and topped with a sweet and tangy cranberry compote that we picked up from our friend BBQ Brian Misko of House of Q!
Chef Tom fires up the Yoder Smokers YS640s Pellet Grill for everyone’s favorite big barbecue meat. Follow along as we walk you through everything you need to know to prepare some killer Smoked Brisket & Burnt Ends!
No home cooked meal is complete without a solid side dish or two. Today Chef Tom shares his recipe for Ham Hocks & Collard Greens, first preparing a ham hock stock on the Kamado Joe Classic III ceramic charcoal grill, then braising the collards in the flavorful broth and smoky pork. The result is tender, savory greens with a wonderful pot liquor that is practically liquid gold!