We've partnered with our friend and smoking master, Shelton Steele, for a special smoking series to help you elevate your barbecue game. In this fun and educational class, we'll take a closer look at how to smoke brisket. Learn the different tools, techniques, tips, and myths of what it takes to make the best barbecue. After all, it's easy to make good barbecue, but it’s the extra knowledge and experience that can make it great. Shelton’s smoking classes are designed to teach barbecue as a life skill. The classes will cover the fundamentals of slow-and-low barbecue, while also sharing the competition tricks and techniques that create consistency every time you cook. In this class you will: Learn the nuances of using different ingredients for smoked pork brisket, including the differences between using charcoal vs. wood and different kinds of rubs. Get advice on how to build a great smoking fire for the smoker you have or are looking to buy. Discover how time and temperature affect the end taste and texture. Learn how to finish and prepare your brisket for serving. Enjoy tasty, smoked brisket prepared during class, as well as locally-sourced beverages including beer and wine, plus housemade and local charcuterie and cheese. Meet Shelton and ask questions!-Take home PDF notes and recipes from the class. About Shelton Steele: Shelton grew up on a Polled Hereford beef farm in Statesville, NC. His early childhood barbecue memories were the family pilgrimages to Keaton's BBQ, famous for its no-nonsense customer service and barbecue chicken. Ironically, Shelton had to leave North Carolina to start his formal barbecue education. In 2006, he moved to Arizona, while his wife attended medical school. Shelton partnered with a friend to open BBQ Island, Arizona's largest outdoor kitchen grill store. Selling gas grills led to selling smokers, and smokers led to barbecue festivals and classes. Some of the nation's top pit master's taught at BBQ Island. Shelton's barbecue mentor was an award-winning Kansas City pit master named Chris Marks. Shelton worked with Chris to put on a dozen barbecue classes in Arizonia and North Carolina. Shelton competed with Chris and his Three Little Pigs BBQ team at the American Royal in Kansas City in 2011, and again in 2012. Shelton returned to Asheville in 2013. He immediately started competing at Asheville's only bbq competition, KnuckleDeep BBQ. His team, ThunderPig Allstars, has won numerous awards. Shelton has also catered Beer City Festival and Brewgrass, and he also hosts an annual barbecue fundraiser at Hall Fletcher Elementary. ***Sign up early and save $10! See ticket page for more details.