Igniting the Flames of Culinary Passion and Student Success
Belton High School’s culinary department turned up the heat by starting an inaugural BBQ Club. Tiger Pit BBQ and Tiger Smokehouse BBQ are the two competitive teams that intend to compete regionally with hopes of advancing to the statewide and national level through High School BBQ, Inc. BHS Culinary Arts Instructor, Chef Armond Alexander and BHS Construction Careers Instructor Michael Carrillo are leading the BBQ Club.
The BBQ Club uses whole wood for a natural taste and took a trip to Black’s BBQ in Lockhart to learn some techniques and methods from one of the oldest BBQ restaurants in the state. Chef Alexander stated, “It all began with a shared passion for grilling and a desire to bring students together in a unique way. BBQ is a great bonding tool to bring people together.” Throughout the semester students are learning the different cuts of meat. This year chili has been added to the BBQ competition so the teams are learning to prepare chili in a dutch oven.
Through this new club, students are developing Journey of a Graduate competencies collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and perseverance. It is a great example of the diverse opportunities for student involvement offered in BISD.