Steven Raichlen's Barbecue! Bible

Barbecue University™ 2017: Smoke and Fire

It’s official! Reservations are now being accepted for Barbecue University™ 2017, what Forbes writer Larry Olmsted called “one of the best food lover’s events in the nation.” Two back-to-back sessions will take place at the luxurious Forbes Five-Star Broadmoor resort in Colorado Springs, Colorado: June 9–12 (SOLD OUT) and June 12–15.

With global grilling authority Steven Raichlen as your guide, you’ll take an exclusive tour of the world’s barbecue specialties in three fascinating, delectable days. (You’ve likely read Steven’s award-winning books like The Barbecue! Bible or Planet Barbecue. Or watched his latest TV series, Project Smoke, on American Public Television.)

Steven Raichlen with Yoder Smoker at Barbecue University

The theme of this year’s technique-driven program is “Smoke and Fire.” Expect the smoked and grilled foods you love, but with Raichlen’s ingenious twists—like short rib “steaks,” Jamaican jerk brisket, and pastrami bacon. Out-of-the-box appetizers like Nashville hot wings and grilled halloumi cheese flambéed with ouzo. Over-the-top dishes you’d never dream you could grill, like a spectacular planked whole Chinook (king) salmon and sizzling prime rib spit-roasted to sanguine perfection over wood. Awesome steaks and burgers. Plus outrageous desserts such as smoked chocolate bread pudding and “doughnut” kebabs. Even smoked and grilled cocktails. More than 30 recipes in all.

You get to grill under Steven’s supervision. You’ll leave with a bold new perspective on man’s oldest, most universal method of cooking.

“The course is very hands-on (everyone cooks) and no matter how much you think you know about grilling and smoking, you will learn something. You will come home with many recipes you are dying to make, and you will likely be the most popular backyard cook in your neck of the woods—for years to come.”
      —Larry Olmsted,

Barbecue University kicks off with a casual cocktail reception where you’ll be personally welcomed by Steven and meet your fellow students over small plates featuring specialties from the Broadmoor’s many fine restaurants.

You’ll spend the next three mornings at the Cheyenne Mountain Lodge, the magnificent timber and glass classroom and dining hall for BBQ U. Enjoy breakfast and coffee, then stroll outside to survey the “burn area” where more than three dozen grills and smokers have been assembled for your use.

Joe Archey with Komodo Kamado grill at Barbecue University

Our jaw-dropping collection features some of the world’s most sophisticated grilling equipment with some of the most primitive. Supergrills like the Kalamazoo tri-fuel, Fire Magic, and Memphis Wood Fire Grill (a top-of-the-line pellet grill). Stalwarts like Weber kettles and smokers (including the new Summit charcoal grill) and Pit Barrel Cooker. There’s a Yoder Cimarron Competition offset smoker, and a wood-burning pizza oven, as well as kamado-style cookers like the XXL Big Green Egg. Among our international grills are a lust-worthy Argentinian wood-burning grill by Grillworks, and an ingenious multi-spit Brazilian rotisserie by Carson Rodizio.

“Raichlen’s expertise seemed to expand over the three days, or maybe it was that I became more open to realizing the hugeness of all there is to know about grilling, barbecuing and smoking (the latter something I knew nothing about but became somewhat obsessed with by the end).”
      —Toni Dash, blogger and BBQ U alumna

Each class concludes with a lavish buffet-style lunch featuring the day’s recipes. Afternoons and evenings, you’re free to enjoy the Broadmoor’s three world-class golf courses, fishing, hiking, zip-lining, spa, bowling, etc. Or visit Pike’s Peak, Garden of the Gods, and other attractions in the Colorado Springs area. The resort offers a broad range of dining experiences, from the rustic 1858 at scenic Seven Falls to the award-winning Penrose Room—20 restaurants, cafes, and lounges in all.

Barbecue University is a terrific experience to share with your spouse, son or daughter, grandchildren, siblings, friends, or co-workers. (Guests can join you for lunch for a modest fee, even if they’re not registered for the class.) BBQ U makes an over-the-top gift for a special occasion—a birthday or anniversary, for example. Just ask our hundreds of repeat students.

But don’t delay: Class size is limited to 55 people per session, and classes fill quickly. Packages start at $2300 per person for double occupancy. To make a reservation, please call 855-634-7711, or visit the Broadmoor’s website.