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.
Backyard cooks, competition pit masters and BBQ enthusiasts often have an opinion on which method is better, and we frequently find that it’s fairly evenly divided. Both methods have their advantages, and both should be celebrated. Today we’ll cover the simple process of dry smoking ribs, so you can discover for yourself your opinion and perhaps your preference.
Traditional ceviche consists of raw seafood that is cured, or chemically cooked, in an acid. Of course, we like to put smoke on whatever we can get our hands on, so we’re giving our shrimp a smoke bath before it hits the citrus juices. In this recipe, when the shrimp comes off the smoker they will be fully cooked before being marinated in the acid, so the soaking time won’t be as long as if we were starting with raw shrimp. You could do the same with a cold smoke and longer marination. This method will also ease the minds of your friends who are wary of seafood that’s not cooked over a flame. You can think of ceviche as a seafood salsa, if you like. The ingredient possibilities are endless, so do some experimenting with different seafood, veggies and fruits.
Grilled broccoli is a favorite summer grilling dish for us. Broccoli loves the grill and is just about the easiest dish you could ever make on the grill. It’s just about the perfect thing to introduce grilling to kids.
We, at All Things Barbecue, know well the unifying power of barbecue. It’s the one thing that connects our clients and friends across all walks and demographics. But we are about so much more than barbecue. We love all things outdoor cooking, and if there is one food as beloved as barbecue it must be pizza.