Fire It Up
When you're faced with what to buy the person who has everything, keep this in mind: For only $74, your loved one (or even you!) can become a certified backyard barbecue pitmaster thanks to BrisketU.
Imagine spending three hours on a Saturday or Sunday at a Houston brewery such as 11 Below, No Label, Spindletap, Southern Star, Bakfish, or True Anomaly Brewing, learning how to select the perfect firewood, choose the right rub, trim a brisket, control temperature during cooking, decipher what the different smoke profiles mean, and slice the perfect serving. With samples, of course.
Founders Mike Albrecht and Jonathan Kane founded BrisketU in 2016, and since then more than 7,000 people have attended their classes throughout Texas and they've been profiled in Food Network Magazine, Goop by Gwyneth Paltrow, and Netflix. You might say that proves they know what they're doing.
Sessions take place in breweries around Houston, Bryan, and Austin, and focus on backyard barbecue with a laid-back vibe to match. Brisket can be one of the most challenging cuts of meat to smoke properly, but students leave with all the knowledge and techniques they need to make delicious barbecues at home.
Regardless of experience or what type of equipment you might use at home, everyone — from novice griller to veteran smoker — will take something away from the class.
There are also specialty barbecue classes available on ribs, chicken, turkey, wild game, and more.
You even have the option to order a special gift box that comes complete with vouchers for three classes of your choice, a pint glass, and a 16 oz. container of BrisketU's award-winning Graduate Spice Mix.
Sound like something you or someone you know would like to sign up for? CultureMap readers get $10 off with the code CULTUREMAP, and it's good on both the classes and the gift box. Fire it up, friends, and get certified.