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Classes on BBQing/Grilling - Anniversary Present

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As an anniversary present, I want to buy my husband a spot in a GOOD outdoor BBQing/ grilling class/series of classes. He REALLY wants to learn to be a better BBQ'er. I realize that this isn't exactly the best time of year to be shopping for this type of class. All the cooking schools only have schedules through the end of winter. BBQ isn't really a winter activity. I just wanted people's feedback about classes they know exist/have taken. Any recommendations?

(Note: The perfect class would be this: http://www.surlatable.com/gs/steven-r... Unfortunately, I just can't afford to send my husband to Colorado let alone the couple thousand dollars it would take for the weekend of cooking classes. Does something like this exist closer to home? For far less money?

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Thanks so much!

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  1. Liz, would you consider using the money towards BBQ/Grilling equipment? My wife recently got me a Big Green Egg, and the egg simply rocks. You can use it as either a grill or a smoker, and it produces amazing results.

    I just did 2 pork shoulders in these freezing temperatures and the egg held nicely, 225-250 for over 12 hours. I also have a Weber Smokey Mountain and the Egg did a better job of keeping the temps low and stable. For me at least.

    BBQ isn't really hard conceptually. I think it has more to do with patience and just doing it often. If he dosn't have a proper smoker, perhaps getting one would be a great start. If you have a gas grill, you can use it to BBQ and add in wood for that smokiness, but IMO, real charcoal flavor cannot be beat.

    1. 2ND Vote for an Egg. Wonderful tool for BBQ'ing and Grilling.

      1. Classes like that I have not seen. But like lonewolfcub says, its fairly simple. I myself am a Weber Smoky Mountain person, and there happen to be a lot of online guides.

        http://virtualweberbullet.com/

        1. When Roberto Donna had Gallileo I took a great "Italian Grilling" Class - I don't see one coming up but you may want to contact him and see when the next one is :

          http://robertodonnacookingclasses.com/

          1. I've got a Kamado and three WSMs. I'd recommend just picking up a good smoker and copies of Raichlen's "How to Grill" for the basics and "BBQ USA" for recipes and breakdowns of bbq styles and techniques from across the country.

            Agree with lonewolf; once you've got the basic techniques, you just need to practice.