SAN ANTONIO – Barbecue is synonymous with Texan culture. It’s a food that defines a regional flavor and style. In a way, it’s a culture all its own. To prepare for the summer barbecue season, the Institute of Texan Cultures is offering a 21+ event, with free admission, 6 – 8 p.m., Friday, May 2, 2014.
Like any good barbecue, “Cooking up Culture” is gathering some great company. The Pure Texan Barbecue Company is taking care of the food, while the Barley Blacksmith and Alamo Beer Company are bringing their craft beers. San Antonio Cerveceros are coming to talk about the basics of home brewing.
The honored guest of the evening is Texas A&M University Distinguished Professor Jeffrey Savell from the university’s Animal Sciences department, who will offer perspective and pointers for the perfect barbecue.
Savell runs a “Texas Barbecue” seminar class for A&M freshmen, plus “Camp Brisket” for the general public. His curriculum covers fire and temperature control, wood and charcoal, cooking techniques, meat preparation, exotic meats, seasonings and sauces and everything that goes into a good barbecue. An authority in the field, Savell took his hand-picked students to staff the “Barbecue Genius Bar” at the annual Texas Monthly BBQ Festival.
Cooking up Culture is a 21+ free event. All guests will be entered into a door prize drawing for a grill from All Seasons Feeders. Extra tickets for the drawing will be awarded to guests making donations to the museum’s educational fund or purchasing a museum membership at the event.
The Institute of Texan Cultures is located on the UTSA HemisFair Park Campus, 801 E. César E. Chávez Blvd., a short distance from the Alamo and the River Walk. Regular hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $8 for adults (ages 12-64); $7 for seniors (ages 65+); $6 for children (ages 3-11); free with membership, UTSA or Alamo Colleges identification. For more information, call 210-458-2300 or visit TexanCultures.com.