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This is a review of the Aaron Franklin Teaches Texas-Style BBQ class from MasterClass!
The MasterClass Instructor – Aaron Franklin
This class opens with a sneak peak at what BBQ means to Aaron Franklin and what he intends to teach viewers in this class. Viewers get to see first hand how Aaron thinks about BBQ. His key to BBQ comes from the process and the amount of love that goes into the food you are preparing. His philosophy is based on creating pure soul food, where he pours his own heart and soul into every piece of meat every step of the way. For those who are not familiar with Aaron Franklin, he is the owner of Franklin Barbecue. His restaurant has become so successful that guests will line up with folding chairs to wait for hours to get a taste of his famous BBQ.
Aaron Franklin is widely regarded as one of the most influential pitmasters in the U.S. He received the James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef: Southwest in 2015. Popular and critically lauded restaurant, Franklin Barbecue, was awarded Texas Monthly’s coveted Best Barbecue Joint in Texas, and Bon Appetit’s Best Barbecue Joint in America.
In this class, viewers get an inside look into Aaron Franklin’s entire process. He has decided to teach this class like he would train someone at Franklin Barbecue. Viewers get to learn how to look at firewood, how to build a fire, how to maintain fires, the entire long cook process, and some insights into at home grilling. The recipes explored in this class include pork butt, steak, ribs, and the famous Franklin Brisket.
Texas-Style BBQ – Who is it for?
This class is for anyone who wants to take their BBQ skills to the next level. The class focuses mostly on long cook BBQ which usually requires a smoker, but there is a section on grilling which is more applicable for those who are just starting out. If you have a smoker and want to really take your BBQ to the next level, this class really outlines the entire process from how to create a fire to how to slice your brisket to create the final product.
MasterClass Aaron Franklin – Main Themes
- Cook with love
- Enjoy the journey
MasterClass Workbook – Aaron Franklin
The workbook for this class has a lot of great information that will help viewers follow along with the video lessons. The workbook provides information about general BBQ tips and everything you need to pick out the right smoker, firewood, and meat. The workbook will also be your guide to recreating the amazing recipes demonstrated in the lessons. The recipes are really broken down and provide information about preparation steps including trimmings, slathers, and rubs, along with information about temperature zones, how to wrap certain meats, and detailed outlines of each cooking plan.
MasterClass Texas-Style BBQ Key Takeaways
Aaron Franklin has created a detailed and extensive class that really outlines his process to create some amazing Texas-Style BBQ. In this class viewers start by understanding the importance of how to choose the right firewood, how to build a fire, and how to keep it going. The class then dives right into two beginner recipes (smoke pork butt and grilled steak and broccolini), an intermediate recipe (smoked ribs), and lastly an advanced Franklin style brisket.
The only way to learn how to properly work a fire is to do it as often as you can. Especially when you’re first getting to know your smoker, it’s a good idea to do trial runs where you’re burning wood and generating smoke but there’s no meat inside the cooker.
Lastly, Aaron takes the time to talk about his journey and the history of barbecue in Central Texas. Aaron is most known for his famous brisket, which viewers get step by step training to recreate during the class, but in this section he shares how this difficult to cook meat became the regions signature smoked meat.
Final Thoughts Aaron Franklin’s MasterClass
I was impressed with this class from the very beginning! Aaron Franklin has created an in-depth class that really does walk viewers through his entire process, while emphasizing the importance of each step and the joy that comes with cooking for others. If you are looking to take your BBQ to the next level, this is the class for you.