One of the cooler Christmas gifts I got this year was a Groupon for a class in proper BBQ from my wife. I signed up for a Saturday class this past Saturday at Rub BBQ in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood and couldn’t recommend it more. Even if you’re not in a place like Chicago, cooking classes can be cool, especially if centered around dadcentric stuff like BBQ.
Now, I’m a pretty decent BBQ chef. I have one signature sauce and rub and tried a habanero sauce this past summer, which rocked. The ribs fall off the bone which of course is not the “proper” way to do it but that’s how my wife likes them and if she’s giving the green light for a ribs weekend.
The class focused a lot of time on Brisket which I don’t BBQ because it takes so long but after this class I think I’ll give it a try. There were also a few tips for pork shoulder aka pulled pork that will be applied next time we make some sandwiches.
But the class itself was really cool. There were about a dozen other folks there, it was BYOB – I brought Hinterland Amber Ale – and it took three hours. We all had a chance for hands on duties prepping meat and then at the end had a huge tasting of brisket, ribs, pulled pork, corn bread and mac n’ cheese.
Then you’re sent home with recipes and three of their sauces. I also confirmed how to pack my own sauce to keep, store and give as gifts, which I think, will be the way to go for Holiday Season 2012.
If you have a birthday coming up you might want to forward this post to your better half as a subtle hint.
I might also have to get a smoker…maybe the wife didn’t make such a wise gift purchase after all.