Chef Tom Jackson

Food Commentator

All Things Barbecue Staff 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.

Brisket burnt ends are one of the more fascinating foods in barbecue. Their storied history, which I’ve spoken of here before, makes them a true Kansas City original.

Of course, the great thing about food is that it is meant to be played with, no matter what your grandmother repeatedly told you at dinner time.

We’re taking a break from the grill this week, because what better way to ring in the new year than by diving into one of our other passions: spirits.

Justin Cary

Prime rib. Just saying these words makes me salivate. For many of us it brings back memories of holidays spent with families, or trips to fancy restaurants where the server would slice your portion off of the whole roast while standing right next to your table.

Justin Cary

Gravy: the unsung hero of the holiday dinner table. No matter what you’re serving -- from turkey to ham to prime rib -- gravy deserves a place on the table as a staple side.

Of all the classic Thanksgiving dishes, pumpkin pie may just be my favorite. Maybe it’s because when I was younger I convinced myself that I was really eating vegetables when consuming large quantities of pumpkin pie topped with extra whipped cream. 

Justin Cary

Thanksgiving is known as a holiday of appreciation for the good things in our lives, gathering with family and friends to celebrate the changing season, and--in years past--to be thankful for the yield of the year’s harvest.

When you’re traveling and looking for the best restaurants to eat at on your trip, who do you ask? You could, of course, go to social media and ask for recommendations, or maybe call or text friends in the area, but how about asking a tire company?

The Cooking with Fire guys continue their series-of-late featuring recipes inspired by movies. This week's motivation: the 2009 animated film, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.  

Cheese.

Its production predates written history, and it is not known where cheese was originally made, though the earliest evidence of cheese making can be found in modern-day central Europe.

For this episode of Cooking With Fire, Josh Cary and Chef Tom Jackson were inspired by the 1985 Japanese film, Tampopo.

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