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PHYLLIS HASKINS, who teaches and writes on the fine art of barbecue, is the co-owner of Teddy Bear’s BBQ in Monroe, Washington. She and her husband Konrad have won more than 70 awards in BBQ competition since 2002. To study BBQ with the masters, e-mail Phyllis.



June 2006
Updated May 2009

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How To Make Barbecue

Page 7: Barbecue Classes, Books, Smokers


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Barbecue Classes and Instruction

GrillBackyard barbecue fans who want more in-depth training on their specific equipment or on the general science of barbecue have several options for classes and online information. Here are some recommended websites:

The BBQ Institute  

This site was developed to help guide cooks through the basics of barbecue, and has an in-depth section on preparing and cooking ribs. The BBQ Institute offers hands-on classes in Washington and California and is always adding new classes to the schedule.

Weber Nation

Weber offers training videos featuring interesting menus for entertaining around the backyard barbecue.

Barbecue Bible

Steve Raichlen is the featured chef at BBQ University, held at the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.

Check the availability of barbecue classes through your local colleges and barbecue retail stores.


Best Barbecue Books

The Barbecue Bible Barbecue Secrets How To Grill
The Barbecue! Bible, by Steven Raichlen. Raichlen has a lock on grilling. This book is absolutely overwhelming it is so deep, so comprehensive, so far-reaching, so all-encompassing. More than 500 recipes that can be cooked on a grill. A must-have book for any home cook hoping to expand his or her grilling horizons. Click here to purchase or for more information. Barbecue Secrets: Unbeatable Recipes, Tips and Tricks from a Barbecue Champion, by Ronnie Shewchuk. “Rockin' Ronnie” Shewchuk, international barbecue champion, is ready to share his secrets and recipes with backyard cooks everywhere. More than 100 recipes for rubs, marinades and sauces, side dishes, seafood, desserts, and drinks. Click here to purchase or for more information. How to Grill: The Complete Illustrated Book of Barbecue Techniques, by Steven Raichlen. Every conceivable meat, fish and fowl get its turn over the coals, with all the basics covered for the beginner as well as new ideas for the more seasoned cook. How about a whole barbecued cabbage stuffed with bacon and onion. Click here to purchase or for more information.

Recommended Smokers

There’s a great list of smokers on BBQ Guru website. Also check out:

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