Barbecue University™ Comes to Montage Palmetto Bluff

I have attended cooking classes and retreats throughout the US and Europe but have never experienced anything like BBQ University – an informal poll of roughly 30 fellow students failed to find even one person who was not blown away and having an awesome time.

–Larry Olmsted,

We’ve been ranked the #1 barbecue experience in the U.S. (Food Network). We’ve been called “a fantasy camp for coal heads” (Cooking Light Magazine). And now, the three-day bacchanal of smoke and fire known as Barbecue University ™ comes to the luxurious Montage Palmetto Bluff resort in Bluffton, South Carolina, during Father’s Day weekend, June 18 – June 21, 2020.

Founded by popular PBS TV host, multi-award-winning author, and internationally renowned grilling expert Steven Raichlen, Barbecue University™ is an extravaganza of food, fire, fun, and friendship. After more than a decade at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, we’re thrilled to announce our new home at this gracious resort in South Carolina’s Lowcountry on the May River, conveniently located between Savannah and Hilton Head. Of course, there will be an authentic oyster roast.

Montage Palmetto Bluff

There will also be home-cured jerk bacon, “pig wings,” pastrami short ribs, Low Country porchetta, hanging chickens, whole rotisserie smoked beef strip loin, wood-fired paella, a spectacular flaming pineapple volcano for dessert—just a few of the 25-plus recipes our students will learn to master at the 2020 session of Barbecue University ™.

To prepare them, we’ll use Big Green Eggs and Myron Mixon smokers, Pit Barrel Cookers and wood-burning ovens, the new Kalamazoo Shokunin and glitzy Fire Magic Echelon Diamond, ingenious wood-burning Grillworks and Kudus—to name a few of the grills and smokers in the Barbecue University ™ collection.

Class takes place three consecutive days at Cole’s, a handsome lodge and restaurant with a state-of-the-art classroom and outdoor burn area complete with a massive Argentinean-style fire pit. While preparing the icons of barbecuing and grilling (the class is very hands-on; everyone gets a turn at the grill), you’ll learn the five methods of live-fire cooking. How to light and control a fire. How to harness the flavor-enhancing power of wood smoke in everything from appetizers to desserts. And much, much more. Each class lasts 3 hours and is followed by lunch based on the day’s menus.

What won’t change is Steven Raichlen’s signature teaching method, in which students do the grilling under the master’s supervision. The friendly competition of our student presentation table. And, yes, our final exam, diploma, and graduation ceremony.

Barbecue University Collage

After class, students are free to enjoy Palmetto Bluff’s many recreational opportunities, including boating, hiking, horseback riding, sharpshooting, spa, a Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course, and much more. Did we mention fishing?—bring us your catch and we’ll grill or smoke it in class. Plus nine fabulous dining outlets at Montage Palmetto Bluff.

Barbecue University ™ makes a great special occasion gift, whether for Father’s Day, birthdays, or anniversaries. It’s a terrific bonding experience to share with a spouse, parents, sons or daughters, grandchildren, siblings, friends, or co-workers. We’ve had entire families attend—many for years in a row.

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