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.
The Kentucky Hot Brown is an American classic! This open-faced sandwich was created at the Brown Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky in 1926 to feed the masses of late night dancers who frequented the hotel. Of course, we at All Things Barbecue had to put our touch on the classic by smoking our turkey, instead of roasting it. But the rest we left unchanged.
One of the most beautiful things about potatoes is that there are SO MANY ways you can enjoy them. So, if you’re tired of baked or mashed or whatever your potato rut may be, dive into this killer Pesto Potato recipe.
Chef Tom cooks up the famous bacon bite recipe from BBQ Brian Misko’s “Grilling with House of Q” cookbook. A slab of cured bacon, cut into large strips and smoked, and then direct grilled before being sliced into cubes. Delicious!
Jalapeño poppers are a favorite appetizer around here. We’re always looking for ways to tweak our poppers to make them new and exciting again, so when Steven Raichlen visited us and shared his bacon wrapped snow crab jalapeño poppers from his book Project Smoke, we couldn’t wait to share them with all of you!
Josh Cary and Chef Tom Jackson have cooked up a new seasonal bi-weekly podcast in conjunction with KMUW. This podcast covers the history of Kansas City Burnt Ends and includes a recipe for a classic version of the dish.
If you're new to sausage making, breakfast sausage is one of the best sausages to get started with. The ingredients are common spices and herbs, easy to get a hold of, that you're probably already familiar with. It's often a free form sausage, which means you don't have to worry about the casing part of sausage making just yet, and best of all, you can totally eat it every day... if you're so inclined.
Chef Tom tackles another brisket, Texas style. Instead of trimming out the point and flat and cooking them separate, we cook the full packer brisket and instead of foil we use butcher paper to wrap the brisket to help retain moisture and maintain our color.
Chef Tom takes one of our favorite cooking techniques and adds a twist by swapping a foil wrapped brick for a Himalayan Salt Plate. He then places a charcoal basket in our Napoleon P500RSIB-1 and grills bone-in chicken halves indirect with a preheated salt plate on top.