BrisketU teams up with local breweries to host barbecue classes

If the instantly-sold-out Camp Brisket is any indication, Texans just can’t get enough barbecue education.

That annual event at Texas A&M with Foodways Texas takes place over several days and is pretty hard to get tickets for, but a Houston-based company has created a new approach that involves craft beer.

Brisket is considered the pinnacle of Texas barbecue, and you can learn how to smoke one yourself at one of the classes with BrisketU. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Brisket is considered the pinnacle of Texas barbecue, and you can learn how to smoke one yourself at one of the classes with BrisketU. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

BrisketU, which recently expanded to Austin, offers three-hour Backyard Pitmaster classes on a Saturday or Sunday at a local brewery. For $69, attendees get to learn about choosing the right meat, trimming it and preparing it for the smoker, as well as all the info you need about wood, tools and techniques to get that brisket right once it’s in there, all while enjoying a beer from the host brewery.

Right now, brisket is the only class offered on upcoming weekends with the Austin outpost of BrisketU, helmed by Ken and Debbie Reed, but the Houston operation has expanded to include even more kinds of meat.

“Cooking is a passion of mine,” says new BrisketU manager, Ken Reed. “I attended a BrisketU in Houston and knew that bringing these classes to Austin would be a wonderful opportunity to share something I really enjoy.”

Here’s the upcoming schedule. All the classes start at noon. For more info and tickets, go to austin.brisketu.com.

Feb. 11: Oskar Blues Blues Brewery
Feb. 18  : Whitestone Brewery
Feb. 25: Oskar Blues Blues Brewery
March 4: 4th Tap Brewing Co-Op
March 11: Oskar Blues Blues Brewery
March 18: Whitestone Brewery
March 25: 4th Tap Brewing Co-Op


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