Like learning to juggle, learning to cook requires patience, a distraction-free environment, and the ability to handle multiple eggplants at once. Become the ringmaster of your kitchen with today's Groupon: for $55, you get a six-hour barbecue grilling and smoking class from NW BBQ and Grilling School (a $110 value). Courses take place 11 a.m.–5 p.m. on the first and third Saturday of February, March, April, and May.
Barbecue experts host private soirees for groups of 2–12, divulging the art of cooking 15–20 smoky barbecue dishes over an open fire. Instructors arrive bearing the necessary ingredients for the grilling session, which takes place at the host’s choice of location, whether it be in their backyard flipping meats on their personal propane grill or roasting slabs over the Olympic torch's eternal flame. Throughout the next six hours, participants master their very own rub and barbecue-sauce recipes, and learn to brine meats and dive into multiple methods of rib smoking. At the end of the day, graduates can don their diplomas as a bib as they feast upon handcrafted sustenance such as beer-can chicken, stuffed flank steak, barbecued cabbage, grilled salmon roll, and grilled squash filled with chili.
Phoenix BBQ and Grilling School
Smoke and fierce heat rise from a battalion of Weber gas grills and Big Green Egg smokers as barbecue docents line up in front of them, ready to wrangle rafts of raw meat into expertly grilled, smoked, and sauced feasts. In classes that range from three to seven hours, Phoenix BBQ and Grilling School's instructors impart their knowledge of sauces and marinades. They also teach students how to brine, smoke, and grill ingredients such as ribs, turkeys, chickens, peppers, pork, and veggies, all of which are provided. The three dudes in charge have been leading classes since 1998. Head honcho Stu McMullen draws upon myriad cooking classes and international travels to develop exciting recipes, while "sauce king" Eric Viken introduces sauces that can enchant palates and save accidentally overcooked meats. The barbecue experts hold classes onsite or in private backyards, enabling the family cat to finally learn to do something productive with its hunting gifts.