upcoming events

The next several weeks are going to be pretty hectic, so I thought I’d list what’s up in case any locals are reading (some are open to the public). First, this coming Saturday and Sunday (May 16-17) will be the Second Annual Pretty Good BBQ at the Dayton Vineyard. The north campus of the church ... Read More »

a new level of beef

What do you know about beef? Prior to Monday, here’s what I knew, or thought I knew: Prime grade beef means the beef is top quality Grocery store beef that’s graded choice or prime is all going to be pretty good quality Kobe (or Wagyu) beef can’t be beat; it will always be better than ... Read More »

Current events – Mid September 2007

This week is really hectic for Bucky McOinkum's Barbecue. We started off the week with a barbecue class at Cooks' Wares in Springboro, OH. The class was a big success; it was full in less than a week after registration opened up for it. We had a full house, with some on a waiting list, too. Props to my peeps (Maria and the staff) at Cooks' Wares for all their help (like my 'urban' talk there... I'm so with it... Not!) We did a full competition menu of chicken, ribs, pork and brisket, with cole slaw, tomato pie and doughnut bread pudding added. The sauce for the bread pudding included some Maker's Mark whisky... Man oh man, was it good stuff! Read More »

Another class coming up

On September 10, 2007, Mark and I will be conducting another class at Cooks' Wares in Springboro, OH. This time, we aren't trying anything too fancy... Just straight barbecue! In May, there were timing issues for a grilling class, though I did hold a private grilling class that month. The newsletters got out late, and, I think, the menu wasn't what people necessarily wanted. So this time, we're going with real competition barbecue as a theme. We'll be doing pulled pork, brisket, beer can chicken, spare ribs, tomato pie, cole slaw and Krispy Kreme bread pudding with whisky sauce. The good news is that the class filled up in less than a week! The bad news is that some people are on a waiting list. If you're local and want to learn a bit about competition barbecue, get in touch with the store... We can try to talk them into another date! Read More »

Dr. BBQ’s Competition Class

Last weekend, Mark and I pulled the smoker up to Detroit, MI, for Dr. BBQ's Competition BBQ Class. The class was very much oriented toward Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS) competitions, and Ray (Dr. BBQ) certainly has the background to talk about comps! The class ran from 3:00 PM on Saturday until about 2:00 PM on Sunday, with set up starting at noon on Saturday. The weather couldn't have been better. Highs in the low 70s, low in the high 40s overnight, clear and gorgeous. The class was held at an engineering/manufacturing firm, and John Ford, the owner, has a GREAT pellet smoker inside, with a fantastic kitchen, so we did the classes inside mostly, taking the food outside to cook. Read More »

Dr. BBQ’s upcoming class

This coming Saturday and Sunday, April 21-22, Mark and I will be attending a competition barbecue class held by Dr. BBQ, Ray Lampe. If any of you have seen the Versus (formerly OLN) Network’s Barbecue Championship Series, you got to see Ray go head to head to head with other barbecue pros.  He’s won awards ... Read More »

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! Read More »

Barbecue class coming up!

If you're in the SW Ohio area, keep in mind that we're holding a Tailgating class on September 18 in Spingboro at Cooks' Wares. It's a great store with really nice classroom facilities. The food will be good, and I think everyone will learn something! Contact information is: Call Cooks' Wares at 937-748-4540 It's that simple! Read More »

The week of August 28, 2006

n 3 weeks exactly, my barbecue competition teammate, Mark, and I will be holding our first cooking class! (Details can be found here.) With that in mind, later this week, we'll be reviewing the class and deciding what we're going to be doing. The theme is tailgating, and, weather permitting, we'll set up a pseudo-competition site to show the people in the class how a comp might be run. We'll also be cooking all the food we'll be going over with the class. My thoughts are to include more than recipes, though; I want to talk about the different types of outdoor cooking and how/when to use different types of outdoor cooking (direct, indirect, smoking). I hope to have a really good packet of info for everyone, with the 2 part goal of getting more people interested in barbecue/outdoor cooking and to be asked to do a class again. Read More »

Our first cooking class!

Earlier this year, a local kitchen store contacted me about the possibility of doing a cooking class on barbecue. There are a couple of stores in the group, called Cook's Wares, in Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio. Of course, always looking for ways to promote barbecue and outdoor cooking, I said I'd love to do it. Well, it's official now! Their course catalog came out for the fall, and we're in it! Read More »

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