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 brings home the Italian American comfort food classic with his Grilled Lasagna. This Grilled Lasagna features a grilled Italian sausage & beef red sauce with San Marzano tomatoes, a creamy three cheese spread with Italian herbs and spices, all layered with pasta and cooked to perfection on the Yoder Smokers YS640s Pellet Grill.
Chef Tom fires up the Kamado Joe Classic II ceramic charcoal grill for these Tex-Mex Steak & Bacon Breakfast Tacos, and utilizes every inch of the Divide & Conquer System. From the direct grilled flank steak to the half moon griddled eggs and cheesy tortillas, these tacos are packed to the brim with tasty goodness!
Chef Tom shares his tips & techniques for preparing a delicious hummus from scratch, including a recipe for fire roasted jalapeño and red bell pepper hummus, finished with a quality extra virgin olive oil and everything bagel seasoning.
Chef Tom takes us back to basics as he fires up the Yoder Smokers YS640s Pellet Grill and walks us through the process of preparing the perfect Grilled Strip Steak and how to make it even better with a delicious compound butter!
Chef Tom offers up his take on an east coast summer classic with these Grilled Lobster Rolls. The fresh lobster gets a quick par-boil before hitting the grill. It's lightly charred over charcoal in the Yoder Smokers Adjustable Charcoal Flat Top Grill, then tossed in a compound butter and piled high on a fresh homemade brioche roll. This recipe is worth the splurge!