Serious Q: Barbecue 101 at Texas A&M

It's not too late to sign up for the most serious barbecue seminar in the state. BBQ 101 is a three-day professional training session sponsored by the National Barbecue Association at the Texas A&M Meat Science Center in College Station. The class will be held next week beginning on the morning of Tuesday May 12 and ending on Thursday May 14th in the afternoon. The class is intended for barbecue pros, but open to anyone.

Participants will spend a lot of time in a meat locker, so bring a sweater if you're coming. The course will feature a overview of animal science and an in-depth look at how to cook various cuts of beef, pork and poultry along with a butchery lesson from the top meat scientists in the nation. Rubs, marinades and barbecue sauces from different regions of the country will be compared and a hands-on tutorial in mixing seasonings will be offered by the pros at Adam's Extracts. Yours truly will be covering the history of barbecue.

To sign up, call the National Barbecue Association at 512 454 8628 or go to the BBQ 101 sign-up section of their website and fill out the online application forms.

-Robb Walsh

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