First cooking class

On Monday, September 18, 2006, Bucky McOinkum’s Barbecue held its first cooking class at Cooks’ Wares in Springboro, Ohio!

18 people signed up for the class, and it was a good mix of men and women.  Actually, there were more women than I expected to be there.  The class went from 6:00 PM to 9:00 pm, with a break in the middle.  I didn’t realize how tiring 3 hours of class would be!

Maria and Renee helped us out a lot.  Maria is the coordinator for the classes, and she worked with us on what to do/what not to do.  She and Renee also did a lot of prep work for us.  I felt like I was a Food Network cook, with mis en place all done for us!

We got there a little after 2:00 and unloaded everything.  The kitchen was great, with 2 Viking ovens, a warming drawer and a great cooktop, plus all the tools we’d ever need.  The only thing I would bring with me that I didn’t already have was my 10" chef’s knife, as they only had the 8" Shun in the set they have in the kitchen.  We brought welding and insulated gloves along with thermometers, but used stuff they already had for everything else.

When we got there, we went to the market in the same shopping center to get the last items we needed, and I started baking the barbecued beans in the oven.  We also got the smoker going, and I put some ribs on after prepping them, so we could show how we foil ribs after 3 hours of cooking.  I then got a bunch of ABT’s ready, leaving just a couple to finish with the class there.

Once everyone was there, Maria introduced the class, and read a poem I’d included by Rick Rucker:

The fog from my breath swirled slowly
on this cold november morn
And the wisps of smoke rose skyward
as the birds echoed up their scorn
Ocassionally the sound of silence
was shattered by the pop of a spark.
Or the woeful cry of the neighbor’s dog
as he spoke into the dark.
The distinct smell of fresh coffee
blends in with the smells of fall.
The leaves twisting and turning downward
as they answer nature’s call.
Mere words can’t describe the sense of pleasure
as I add wood and tend to my fire.
All the sounds and smells of BBQ.
Just feed my burning  desire.
Is this an act of sanity.
To rise so early to perform this task.
You evidently don’t know BBQ
or you wouldn’t even have to ask.

I then showed the class how to clean and stuff peppers, while they ate samples of fatties and armadillo eggs that had been cooking prior to class.

We then went out to the smoker and put the ABT’s on, while we showed them a very basic competition set up.  A lot more questions were asked than I expected, but that was good.  When we went back in, we talked a bit of background, then I prepped some ribs, trimming to St. Louis style.  We showed them how we foil ribs after 3 hours, then let them sample ribs and the ABT’s when they were ready.

After a break, Mark went over pullled pork, talking injections and rubs and sauces. He also put together the cole slaw, then, while I showed everyone how to make the barbecued beans, Maria and Renee plated all that up, and the people in class got to have some.  An added ‘bonus’ was that the pork sandwiches were served on (if you have been reading the blog, you’ve already guessed it) my homemade baguettes!  The LOVED it!!!

The last thing we showed them was how to make the fatties and armadillo eggs that they had when the class started.  Then they all filled out comment cards.

After they left, we read their comments and sat down to have a sandwich.  It was a long day, but a LOT of fun!

About Curt McAdams

I guess I'm a bit of a foodie, learning to cook from my mom, then getting obsessed with outdoor cooking, competition barbecue, bread baking and just about all things food. Lately, I've been trying to upgrade my photography skills a bit, though I still have a long way to go.

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  1. Congratulations on your successful cooking class. It sounds like you had fun.

  2. It was unfortunate for me that other events were going on, or I’d have enjoyed it even more, but we did have fun, and I think we did a good job. They’re going to have us back again.

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