Ok, so each nite when I return to the hotel room I will post the events of that day so they are fresh on my mind.
I received this from my wife as a Christmas present. I drove in today from SC. It took about 4.5 hours. Hate driving in Atlanta!. His house is in Unadilla, GA, which is about 2 hours southeast of Atlanta...below Macon. There are not many options for hotels in Unadilla so I am staying in Perry, GA which is about 15 miles and 15 minutes from his house.
Tonight, Friday, we were told to come to his house at 6:30pm for a meet & greet. His house sits on a main road, which isn't saying much in Unadilla. You can't miss it. It is a old farm house with plenty of acreage on both sides. To the left is Jack's Old South which has many outbuildings and his smokers of varying sizes are all around. There are many trailers of various sizes with his image and logo on the side. In one tent you register by signing in and are given a welcoming packet complete with note pad and pen and a Jack's Old South Cooking School apron and a Photo of him for autograph. Then you make your way to a covered patio are filled with trophies and tables and chairs. There is a buffet line complete with soft drinks and a keg for your enjoyment. At 7pm, Myron welcomes you and provides a southern fish and chicken fry. He has PLENTY to eat!! He tells you to be back at 9:30am Saturday and we arestarting with whole hog! I met 3 guys from California!
Today, Saturday, we met at 9:30am. We started with Whole Hog. On a table was a 180# hog-dressed. He shows us how to trim the hog including making various cuts inside to crack the ribs from the spine while maintaining a bowl form. He gives us the recipe for his injection as his son mixes some up. He discusses the various cuts of meat and their individual cooking characteristics. He demonstrates foiling the hog and preparing it for the smoker. During this and every demonstration he welcomes any and all questions and encourages you to interrupt him as needed. We will eat from this hog on Sunday. Then a 15min. break.
Next he discusses pork shoulder and butts. How to distinguish the two, how to separate the two of them. He demonstrates how to trim each and inject with the same injection as he used on the whole hog. Then you go into tented area with 10 tables, break in to groups of 4-6 and do the same as he did on each. His guys pick the meat up and you will taste it on Sunday.
Next is ribs. Baby backs and full spares. He shows you how to trim each and then you do it as before.
Then lunch-Hamburgers/hot dogs.
Then Wagoo Brisket.....very informative. He demonstrates trimming and injection, then you do it. Including injection and recipe.
Then chicken thighs. He does the trimming.....then you do it.
Then dinner-pork chop, sausage, peach baked beans, apple cobbler, potato salad.
Then done for the day. Back at 0700!
He is just as you see on TV. Brash, comical but very approachable and friendly!
There is great info to be had in his school. Not only what he is showing you but also the information he gives you. Vendors, competition circuit info. It seems he is giving you full disclosure of everything!
Personally, I believe it is worth every penny and I believe everyone there does as well! I also believe it will make me a better BBQ'er.
If you have a particular question-please feel free to ask!
He cooks wagoo packer briskets.About 13#. First he trims the fat from the meat side being sure not to gouge any meat and trimming the fat by going with the grain. He leaves all the hard fat on! He then turns over the brisket and scores the fat cap down to the meat cross ways between the point and the flat. Then removes ALL the fat cap from the point to make burnt ends later. Then he injects with just a beef solution.
It is the timings that I am interested in. In his book he cooks it for a relatively short time and then leaves it to rest for an extended period of time. I was wondering if that was the method he was using on the course. I have tried it his way and it works well however I have adjusted the timing slightly to cook a little longer.
Well, Sunday was AWESOME! The information was outstanding! The food incredible!! You get to taste everything to your satisfaction. This was an awesome experience! A must do for sure. I know my knowledge improved and I am sure my smoks and food will as well! Can't wait to try it out.
I ran across this review and this guy nailed it...except I didn't have any bugs to worry about! Read this review...he says it better than I can!