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 prepares smoky braised pork chile verde and potatoes cooked on the Kamado Joe Classic III Ceramic Charcoal Grill, then stuffed into tortillas with cheeses and smothered in more cheese and fire roasted salsa verde.
Chicken Tinga is a delicious and popular Mexican dish comprised of shredded chicken in a tomato and chipotle sauce. This week Chef Tom shares his recipe for the Pheasant Tinga Quesataco, featuring pheasant meat braised in Tinga sauce, stuffed into tortillas with cheese and finished on the griddle in the Napoleon Prestige Gas Grill.
Creamy, smoky, warm-your-bones chowder is exactly what you need to shake off the winter chill. Chef Tom fires up the Kamado Joe Ceramic Charcoal Grill for New England Clam Chowder in a wood-fired bread bowl!
No game day is complete without chicken wings, so for the big game Chef Tom is turning up the heat with these reverse seared Honey Habanero Buffalo Wings, cooked over charcoal in the Yoder Smokers Adjustable Flat Top Charcoal Grill!
If you're a fan of barbecue baked beans, then you're going to love Chef Tom's Savory Brisket Barbecue Beans. Packed full of smoky chopped brisket and savory flavors, this less-sweet version of barbecue beans is practically a whole meal on its own!