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Pitmaster Fundamentals – Calgary – March 28th

March 28, 2020 (Saturday)

Class time is 11am to 4pm

Location: Southview Community Centre, 2020 – 33St. SE, Calgary, AB.  Link to Google Maps here.

Join us for a half day of instruction and some awesome food. This class is targeted at the beginner through intermediate BBQ’er, and we will learn all about true, low ‘n slow, Southern-style Barbecue.  Intermediate cooks who have taken our classes have picked up enough knowledge to win Grand Championships of their own!

We will be cooking throughout the class and we will have our award winning food for you to try.  You’ll go home with our award-winning Blue Ribbon’ BBQ sauce and rubs, and a detailed handout covering everything we discuss in class, and more.  Class is held indoors, with several topics covered outside – so please dress accordingly.  We will cover:

  • Preparation of 5 meats – Brisket, pulled pork, ribs, chicken, and a bonus 5th protein. We will teach you how to select, trim, season, and cook these meats.
  • BBQ rubs, mops, sauces, glazes, etc.
  • Cooking fuel (charcoal, pellets, etc) and wood selection – seasoning with smoke
  • “Low ‘n Slow” in theory.  We’ll discuss “Hot & Fast” cooking also.
  • Equipment – all types smokers and grills for cooking real BBQ – we have cooked on them all, and most are present in class.
  • Tools for ‘Que, both necessary and unnecessary
  • Myths in the BBQ world, and science too
  • Basics of Competition – requirements, entry guidelines, judging, etc.
  • Lots of stories from the BBQ trail
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Price: $220.00

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Pitmaster Fundamentals – Calgary – March 14

**Get this class and tomorrow’s Foundations of Fire class together to save $15 on the total!  Add both classes to the cart and use the Promo Code “Second” to receive the discount.**

March 14, 2020 (Saturday)

10:00am to 3:00pm

Class Location: Tool Shed Brewing – 801 30 St NE, Calgary  Click here for a link to Google Maps.

Instructor:  Kris Valckx – Pitmaster, Rocky Mountain Smokers

DETAILS:

Join us for a half day of instruction and some awesome food. This class is targeted at the beginner through intermediate BBQ’er, and we will learn all about true, low ‘n slow, Southern-style Barbecue

We will be cooking throughout the class and we will have our award winning food for you to try, a detailed handout for you to take home.  Class is held indoors, with several topics covered outside – so please dress accordingly. We will cover:

  • Preparation of 4 meats – Brisket, pulled pork, ribs, and chicken. We will teach you how to select, trim, season, and cook these meats.
  • BBQ rubs, mops, sauces, glazes, etc.
  • Cooking fuel (charcoal, pellets, etc) and wood selection – seasoning with smoke
  • “Low ‘n Slow” in theory
  • Equipment – all types smokers and grills for cooking real BBQ, most are present in class.
  • Basics of Competition – requirements, entry guidelines, judging, etc.
  • Lots of stories from the BBQ trail
Quantity
Product in stock

Price: $200.00

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Pitmaster Fundamentals – Calgary – April 25

**Get this class and tomorrow’s Sausage Party class together  to save $15 on the total!  Add both classes to the cart and use the Promo Code “Second” to receive the discount.**

April 25, 2020 (Saturday)

10:00am to 3:00pm

Class Location: Tool Shed Brewing – 801 30 St NE, Calgary  Click here for a link to Google Maps.

Instructor:  Kris Valckx – Pitmaster, Rocky Mountain Smokers

DETAILS:

Join us for a half day of instruction and some awesome food. This class is targeted at the beginner through intermediate BBQ’er, and we will learn all about true, low ‘n slow, Southern-style Barbecue

We will be cooking throughout the class and we will have our award winning food for you to try, a detailed handout for you to take home.  Class is held indoors, with several topics covered outside – so please dress accordingly. We will cover:

  • Preparation of 4 meats – Brisket, pulled pork, ribs, and chicken. We will teach you how to select, trim, season, and cook these meats.
  • BBQ rubs, mops, sauces, glazes, etc.
  • Cooking fuel (charcoal, pellets, etc) and wood selection – seasoning with smoke
  • “Low ‘n Slow” in theory
  • Equipment – all types smokers and grills for cooking real BBQ, most are present in class.
  • Basics of Competition – requirements, entry guidelines, judging, etc.
  • Lots of stories from the BBQ trail
Quantity
Product in stock

Price: $200.00

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Pitmaster Fundamentals – Medicine Hat – March 21

**Get this class and tomorrow’s Foundations of Fire class together to save $15 on the total!  Add both classes to the cart and use the Promo Code “Second” to receive the discount.**

March 21, 2020 (Saturday)

Class Location and time: To be determined.

Instructor:  Kris Valckx – Pitmaster, Rocky Mountain Smokers

DETAILS:

Join us for a half day of instruction and some awesome food. This class is targeted at the beginner through intermediate BBQ’er, and we will learn all about true, low ‘n slow, Southern-style Barbecue

We will be cooking throughout the class and we will have our award winning food for you to try, a detailed handout for you to take home.  Class is held indoors, with several topics covered outside – so please dress accordingly. We will cover:

  • Preparation of 4 meats – Brisket, pulled pork, ribs, and chicken. We will teach you how to select, trim, season, and cook these meats.
  • BBQ rubs, mops, sauces, glazes, etc.
  • Cooking fuel (charcoal, pellets, etc) and wood selection – seasoning with smoke
  • “Low ‘n Slow” in theory
  • Equipment – all types smokers and grills for cooking real BBQ, most are present in class.
  • Basics of Competition – requirements, entry guidelines, judging, etc.
  • Lots of stories from the BBQ trail
Quantity
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Price: $200.00

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Pitmaster Fundamentals – Edmonton – April 18

April 18, 2020 (Saturday)

Class Location and time: To be determined.

Instructor:  Kris Valckx – Pitmaster, Rocky Mountain Smokers

DETAILS:

Join us for a half day of instruction and some awesome food. This class is targeted at the beginner through intermediate BBQ’er, and we will learn all about true, low ‘n slow, Southern-style Barbecue

We will be cooking throughout the class and we will have our award winning food for you to try, a detailed handout for you to take home.  Class is held indoors, with several topics covered outside – so please dress accordingly. We will cover:

  • Preparation of 4 meats – Brisket, pulled pork, ribs, and chicken. We will teach you how to select, trim, season, and cook these meats.
  • BBQ rubs, mops, sauces, glazes, etc.
  • Cooking fuel (charcoal, pellets, etc) and wood selection – seasoning with smoke
  • “Low ‘n Slow” in theory
  • Equipment – all types smokers and grills for cooking real BBQ, most are present in class.
  • Basics of Competition – requirements, entry guidelines, judging, etc.
  • Lots of stories from the BBQ trail
Quantity
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Price: $200.00

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Pitmaster Fundamentals – Red Deer – April 19

April 19, 2020 (Sunday)

Class Location and time to be determined.

Instructor:  Kris Valckx – Pitmaster, Rocky Mountain Smokers

DETAILS:

Join us for a half day of instruction and some awesome food. This class is targeted at the beginner through intermediate BBQ’er, and we will learn all about true, low ‘n slow, Southern-style Barbecue

We will be cooking throughout the class and we will have our award winning food for you to try, a detailed handout for you to take home.  Class is held indoors, with several topics covered outside – so please dress accordingly. We will cover:

  • Preparation of 4 meats – Brisket, pulled pork, ribs, and chicken. We will teach you how to select, trim, season, and cook these meats.
  • BBQ rubs, mops, sauces, glazes, etc.
  • Cooking fuel (charcoal, pellets, etc) and wood selection – seasoning with smoke
  • “Low ‘n Slow” in theory
  • Equipment – all types smokers and grills for cooking real BBQ, most are present in class.
  • Basics of Competition – requirements, entry guidelines, judging, etc.
  • Lots of stories from the BBQ trail
Quantity
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Price: $200.00

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Pitmaster Fundamentals – Calgary, AB – May 23rd

**Get this class and tomorrow’s Steak Master Class class together  to save $15 on the total!  Add both classes to the cart and use the Promo Code “Second” to receive the discount.**

May 23, 2020 (Saturday)

10:00am to 3:00pm

Class Location: Tool Shed Brewing – 801 30 St NE, Calgary  Click here for a link to Google Maps.

Instructor:  Kris Valckx – Pitmaster, Rocky Mountain Smokers

DETAILS:

Join us for a half day of instruction and some awesome food. This class is targeted at the beginner through intermediate BBQ’er, and we will learn all about true, low ‘n slow, Southern-style Barbecue

We will be cooking throughout the class and we will have our award winning food for you to try, a detailed handout for you to take home.  Class is held indoors, with several topics covered outside – so please dress accordingly. We will cover:

  • Preparation of 4 meats – Brisket, pulled pork, ribs, and chicken. We will teach you how to select, trim, season, and cook these meats.
  • BBQ rubs, mops, sauces, glazes, etc.
  • Cooking fuel (charcoal, pellets, etc) and wood selection – seasoning with smoke
  • “Low ‘n Slow” in theory
  • Equipment – all types smokers and grills for cooking real BBQ, most are present in class.
  • Basics of Competition – requirements, entry guidelines, judging, etc.
  • Lots of stories from the BBQ trail
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Price: $200.00

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Competition Class – Calgary – March 27

Hot & Fast Competition BBQ Class

Friday March 27 – Calgary, Alberta

Class time: 10am – 6pm

Location: Tool Shed Brewing, 801 30 St. NE, Calgary, AB.  Link to Google Maps here.

Interested in competition barbecue?  Or maybe you’re an experienced team looking for a few golden nuggets?   This class is  meant for you!

This isn’t just any BBQ guy talking about ‘Que – Rob is an experienced instructor and has mentored many cooks.  His BBQ & grilling classes have been attended by over 2000 students so far!   Many of the top teams in Canada have attended one of Rob’s pitmaster or  competition classes.

Our competition strategies have resulted in:

  • 15 Grand Championships since 2013, 21 GC’s since 2009, and regular calls at both the Jack and Royal.  Considering we only cook 3-4 contests a year, that’s not bad!  See our full results here.
  • 7 invitations to the American Royal
  • 7 invitations to the Jack Daniels Invitational
  • Invitation to the Australian World BBQ Championhips
  • 2015 Canadian Team of the Year (CBBQS)
  • 2019:  In our only 3 contests, we placed 3rd overall, 2nd overall, and 1st overall.   

Award Ceremonies, Porkapalooza 2014 in Edmonton

Award Ceremonies, Porkapalooza 2014 in Edmonton

Some of the best BBQ chicken you will ever eat

Some of the best BBQ chicken you will ever eat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CLASS DETAILS

  • Cost – $300 –  This is an investment to make sure you’re breaking even at your next competitions, or leaving with dollars in your pocket!
  • 1-day class, covering all aspects of a competition cook from start to finish.  Tentative class time is 10 AM until 5 PM –  or whenever every question has been answered.  Lunch will be provided.  All 4 meats will be available for tasting & evaluation.
  • Includes prep of all 4 meats, using actual techniques we use in competition and recipes that have won.   
  • Presentation ideas for blind boxes.
  • Strategies for different judging scenarios, flavour profiles, etc

2010 Awards

  • —> Most importantly, we don’t just demonstrate and give you ingredients. We discuss our strategies and let you know WHY we do what we do.  We let you know what we’ve changed and why. 
  • We will cook hot & fast on Gateway Drum Smokers, just like we do in competition.   We’ll note what we do differently when cooking on pellet or charcoal pits.   We have extensive experience cooking on stick burners in competition also, so we can answer questions about that process as well.

 

  • Students in our past classes have since taken other competition classes from some of the biggest names in BBQ – they tell us that our class was excellent because of this detailed approach to explaining our thought process.
  • We don’t expect experienced students to duplicate our process exactly, we educate them enough so that they can decide which nuggets they can use in their repertoire.  If you want to duplicate the whole program, feel free!
  • Spouses may attend for $100, and we mean spouses only.
  • Class registration is refundable 30 days prior to class date only.
  • Payment can be made via Interac E-Transfer (preferred!), by mailed cheque, or by Paypal on this site.

Start getting those big calls!   Start racking up your own GC’s!

 

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Price: $300.00

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Foundations of Fire – Calgary, AB – March 15th

**Get this class and yesterday’s BBQ Fundamentals class together to save $15 on the total!  Add both classes to the cart and use the Promo Code “Second” to receive the discount.**

Foundations of Fire

March 15, 2020 (Sunday)

1:00pm to 4:00pm

Class Location: Tool Shed Brewing – 801 30 St NE, Calgary  Click here for a link to Google Maps.

 

We’re going to be cooking with live-fire, just like our ancestors did, and we’re going to have a fantastic time doing it!  We’re going to break down the barriers and myths around charcoal cooking with an in-depth Q&A Session, where we’ll be any questions you might have.  This class will be hands-on, learning how to light your fire, control your fire, and setting up your grill.  

You’ll leave with a great balance of information, techniques and recipes and we make sure we fill you belly, as well as your brains.

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Price: $90.00

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Sausage Party! – Calgary, AB – April 26th

**Get this class and yesterday’s BBQ Fundamentals class together to save $15 on the total!  Add both classes to the cart and use the Promo Code “Second” to receive the discount.**

Sausage Party!

April 26, 2020 (Sunday)

1:00pm to 4:00pm

Class Location: Tool Shed Brewing – 801 30 St NE, Calgary  Click here for a link to Google Maps.

 

There ain’t no party, like a sausage party!  We’re going to cover sausage grinding, stuffing, and cooking from a variety of perspectives.  We’ll discuss the curing, fresh sausage, smoking and how to be safe.  We’ll also cover the difference between natural casings and artificial casings.  This is a great class for anybody interested in making their own sausage, or looking for ways to use up their BBQ trim!

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Price: $90.00

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Foundations of Fire – Medicine Hat – March 22nd

**Get this class and yesterday’s Introduction to BBQ class together to save $15 on the total!  Add both classes to the cart and use the Promo Code “Second” to receive the discount.**

Foundations of Fire

March 22, 2020 (Sunday)

Class Location and time: To be determined.

 

We’re going to be cooking with live-fire, just like our ancestors did, and we’re going to have a fantastic time doing it!  We’re going to break down the barriers and myths around charcoal cooking with an in-depth Q&A Session, where we’ll be any questions you might have.  This class will be hands-on, learning how to light your fire, control your fire, and setting up your grill.  

You’ll leave with a great balance of information, techniques and recipes and we make sure we fill you belly, as well as your brains.

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Price: $90.00

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Steak Master Class – Calgary, AB – May 24th

**Get this class and yesterday’s BBQ Fundamentals class together to save $15 on the total!  Add both classes to the cart and use the Promo Code “Second” to receive the discount.**

Steak Master Class

May 24th, 2020 (Sunday)

1:00pm to 4:00pm

Class Location: Tool Shed Brewing – 801 30 St NE, Calgary  Click here for a link to Google Maps.

mmm…steak!  We’re going to cover all aspects of the glorious steak!  From start to finish, and all points in between, no question will go unanswered.  We’re going to discuss different cuts, and how they vary in demand, flavor, and tenderness.  We’ll also discuss wet aging vs. dry aging, different cooking techniques, how to select a great steak and how to prep it!  This is going to be STEAK-TACULAR!

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Pitmaster Fundamentals – Edmonton – March 29

March 29, 2020 (Sunday)

Tentative Class Time: 2pm – 7pm

Location: St. Albert Community Centre, 17 Perron St., St. Albert, AB. 

Link to Google Maps here.

Join us for a half day of instruction and some awesome food. This class is targeted at the beginner through intermediate BBQ’er, and we will learn all about true, low ‘n slow, Southern-style Barbecue.  Intermediate cooks who have taken our classes have picked up enough knowledge to win Grand Championships of their own!

We will be cooking throughout the class and we will have our award winning food for you to try.  You’ll go home with our award-winning Blue Ribbin’ BBQ sauce and spice rubs, and a detailed handout covering everything we discuss in class, and more.  Class is held indoors, with several topics covered outside – so please dress accordingly.  We will cover:

  • Preparation of 4 meats – Brisket, pulled pork, ribs, and chicken. We will teach you how to select, trim, season, and cook these meats.  (5th bonus meat to be announced in class!)
  • BBQ rubs, mops, sauces, glazes, etc.
  • Cooking fuel (charcoal, pellets, etc) and wood selection – seasoning with smoke
  • “Low ‘n Slow” in theory.  We’ll discuss “Hot & Fast” cooking also.
  • Equipment – all types smokers and grills for cooking real BBQ – we have cooked on them all, and most are present in class.
  • Tools for ‘Que, both necessary and unnecessary
  • Myths in the BBQ world, and science too
  • Basics of Competition – requirements, entry guidelines, judging, etc.
  • Lots of stories from the BBQ trail
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Price: $220.00

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