Rob Reinhardt

We’re on the verge of announcing our 2021 classes.    We ran a number of classes in the summer and fall of 2020, and we’ll be continuing our enhanced safety protocols for classes next year.    These protocols include:

  • Reduced Class sizes, especially for venues that don’t have the space for adequate social distancing in the classroom setting.  This means classes will sell out sooner than in past years.
  • Keeping hand sanitizer and gloves at hand for staff and guests
  • We serve the food to guests to limit the contact of tongs and condiments.
  • Encouraging the use of facemasks in indoor settings.

Refund policy:   In the event that we are forced to cancel a class due to provincial government regulations, or our instructors are demonstrating symptoms, we will offer you a free transfer to a future class, or refund your class registration fee.

Cancellation policy: In the event that a student needs to cancel, we offer a full refund up to 7 days before the class.    Since most of our classes sell out, a refund after that date will depend on whether we have a waiting list, or can fill that seat with a last minute inquiry.

We’re extremely excited to announce that TWO of our instructors filmed an episode of Food Network’s “Fire Masters”.   Interestingly enough, out of 30 contestants for Season 2 of the show, they ended up competing against each other in the same episode.

Rob Reinhardt and John Thomson are friends, business partners, and of course – competitors.    Obviously only one of the two Champions can come out on top, but when they both bring so much to the arena, there’s no way to predict the outcome.   

It started early in the morning on October 10, 2018 – when these two pitmaster ran into each other in the lobby of a hotel in Hamilton, Ontario.   They instantly knew what was up – and it made the day that much more exciting.  

Tune in on Thursday, May 28 to see the exciting battle!



Series Synopsis:

Enter the inferno in the exhilarating food competition series Fire Masters. In each episode, three chefs push their grilling talents to the limit as they do battle in fiery culinary challenges, cooking up creative, mouthwatering, flame-kissed dishes. One chef is eliminated in each of the first two rounds. The last chef standing goes head-to-head with a Fire Masters judge in an epic third and final round, vying for $10,000 cash and the coveted title of Fire MastersChampion!



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John Thomson, CTV appearance

We’re on the verge of announcing a whole bunch of classes in Ontario, Alberta, and Saskatchewan…   BC and Manitoba may follow.   Looking for classes in those provinces?  Let us know!

Our Instructors had a fantastic season in 2018… Rob and John represented Canada at the Jack Daniels World Championship Invitational Barbecue in Lynchburg, TN.  Kris finished as a top team in Alberta and saw very high demand from corporate clients for private classes.  

We’re in the off season now – writing recipes, practicing techniques, and learning new tricks.  We can’t wait to share them with you!

Rob & Team: Jack 1st Place Award

John Thomson, CTV appearance

Kris & Team: Montana awards



We are very excited to welcome another Instructor / Pitmaster to Canada’s BBQ School.    Kris Valckx will be offering BBQ & grilling classes in Alberta in 2017.  Kris is the Pitmaster of Rocky Mountain Smokers, one of the top competition barbecue teams in Canada.  He has competed in every Canadian province, BC through Quebec.  

fullsizerenderKris’s passion and creativity for barbecue and grilling will be apparent.   We welcome Kris to the BBQClass team and know he will provide students with knowledge and some good times.   Kris will utilize similar content and course structure to classes we’ve offered in the past, while bringing his unique experiences and viewpoints to the classroom.  

John Thomson

John Thomson

Today is a big day for Canada’s BBQ School as we branch out with a new instructor.   John Thomson will be offering BBQ & grilling classes in Ontario in 2017.  John is the owner and operator of Eatapedia.com, an amazing resource and recipe blog.  He has his own Grand Championship-winning BBQ team and has regularly been at the top of results in his area for a few years now.  

John brings knowledge, enthusiasm, and a wicked sense of humour to the podium.  We are proud to cooperate with John in spreading our brand of bbq & grilling know-how.   John will utilize similar content and course structure to classes we’ve offered in the past, while bringing his unique experiences and viewpoints to the classroom.  

When John’s classes are open for registration, you’ll find them  here.

Instructors in Canada’s BBQ School use Yoder Smokers and Maple Leaf Charcoal.


Another BBQ season is coming to a close up in Canada, but head instructor Rob is gearing up for a couple major events – Prairie Smoke & Spice has been invited to two prestigious competitions in the US – the Jack Daniels World Championship Invitational Barbecue, and the American Royal World Series of BBQ.   These events will be held in late October in Lynchburg, TN and Kansas City, KS respectively.  This will cap off a pretty amazing season, after being asked to represent Canada at this year’s Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest.

We’ve had a growing number of inquiries from people who are interested in next year’s classes.  You can reserve seats in Saskatchewan classes now right here.

We will announce dates in December, with Saskatchewan classes announced at the beginning of the month and other provinces in early January.   We’ll announce everything on our social media channels so don’t forget to follow along:

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Have a great winter and happy smokin’!

Another season of BBQ classes has come to a close.  We appreciate everyone’s support for a record-setting year… almost 20 classes held across  Canada, and introduced a few new ones – our first class in Ontario was held in Ottawa to 2 groups of very enthusiastic participants.  We ran our full-program advanced competition secrets class in Calgary to a full group, several of whom are already raking in the awards.


We plan to spread our wings wider in 2017!   Stay tuned for class registration – Saskatchewan dates will be open by December 1, with other provinces to follow in early January.    Have a great summer!

Yoder Smokers, in conjunction with Prairie Smoke & Spice BBQ, are proud to bring one of the USA’s top pitmasters to the Queen City for BBQ classes in March 2016.   AndyAndy_bio_pic Groneman is a 25-time Grand Champion cook from Kansas City, KS and one of the nation’s most prolific and experienced BBQ teachers.  “Andy truly represents the best in BBQ & grilling education”, says Rob Reinhardt, owner of Prairie Smoke & Spice and Canada’s largest BBQ school. “We are excited to welcome him to Saskatchewan”.   Andy has taught classes from New York state to Langley, BC and has toured Australia twice with his grills and expertise.

Three classes will be offered, including two weeknight grilling classes and a full-day advanced “Pitmaster” class.   Since Andy and Rob both cook on Yoder grills, they will be the primary grills used the class.   The classes are meant to develop skills on all types of grills and smokers, so other grilling equipment will be present also.

Registration and class details are available at www.bbqclass.ca

About Andy GronemanAG Knife

Andy Groneman is the head cook of Smoke on Wheels, a Kansas City-based competition barbecue team.  Competing for almost 20 years, Smoke on Wheels has racked up some serious accolades, including a 2-time National Brisket title, 2 World Champion Pork awards, a World Champion award at the Jack Daniels World Championships, and Reserve Grand Champion of the American Royal, the largest contest in the world.  He teaches regular classes in Kansas, and has brought his cooking school across borders with classes in B.C. and Australia.  In addition to cl
asses you can also find Andy on celebrity judging panels and cable television.   Andy appeared on Season 2 of Travel Channel’s “BBQ Crawl”, as well as a guest judge on Australia’s Master Chef series.




With the 2015 competition BBQ season coming to a close, Prairie Smoke & Spice BBQ has finished as the top BBQ team in Canada!  This award is bestowed up the team by the Canadian BBQ Society, Canada’s only national association of BBQ cooks, judges, and enthusiasts.  With only 4 events on their 2015 calendar, Prairie Smoke & Spice managed to win 3 Grand Championships – which was enough to come out ahead of every other team.   Full results can be seen here.

Prairie Smoke & Spice has earned invitations to the 3 major events in the fall competition BBQ world – the American Royal, the Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue, and the World Food Championships.   The team leaves Regina on October 19 to show the world Canada can cook – and to defend their 2-time World Champion title in the Chef’s Choice category at “The Jack”.

Prairie Smoke & Spice is owned and operated by Rob & Jacy Reinhardt of Pilot Butte, SK.  They run a year-round catering business in Regina and a food truck during the summer months.  They also operate at the largest festivals in Western Canada, and run Canada’s largest BBQ School.   Their competition BBQ rubs and sauces are available at select retailers and websites.