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A Fun Filled Educational Cooking Session

Thank you to everyone who attended BBQ University 2024! Stay tuned for more details for 2025!

Rodeo Austin prides itself in hosting one of the best State Championship BBQ cook-offs, BBQ Austin! In addition to delicious competition and awesome entertainment, this event features BBQ University, presented by Pitmaster Collective, – a fun and educational experience for those looking to indulge their inner State Champion Pit Master. Taught by world-class chefs, BBQ University offers attendees the opportunity to learn more about the art of BBQ!

BBQ University’s Masterclass – Saturday, March 2, 2024 – 8:30 AM

BBQ University’s Masterclass, presented by Pitmaster Collective, will cover all aspects of BBQ! The morning will begin at 8:30 AM with breakfast. Then, at 9:00 AM, John Bates of Interstellar BBQ (Texas Monthly Top Ten) will guide you through the process of creating legendary sides. At 10:00 AM, Alex Shenkin of Fiesta Spices will teach you how to “spice-up” your BBQ game. Just in case you’re not hungry enough by 11:00 AM,  Bobby Holley of Brotherton’s Black Iron BBQ (Texas Monthly Top Fifty) will share the secrets behind his signature burgers, followed by a grilling demo from Steven Rossler of Rossler’s Blue Cord Barbecue (Texas Monthly Top 25 in New BBQ). At 12:00 PM, you will get to sit back and relax during lunch as you enjoy the award-winning food that has been prepared for you. To sweeten the deal, at 1:30 PM Kristen Rossler of Rossler’s Blue Cord Barbecue will help you indulge in delicious desserts. Finally, to round out BBQ University’s Masterclass, enjoy a sausage making session with the “Sausage Sensei”, Bill Dumas, of Brotherton’s Barbecue from 1:30 – 3:30 PM.

What’s included: All BBQ University Masterclass tickets include admission to the class, same-day admission to BBQ Austin, and a complimentary VIP Parking Pass. Attendees will also be provided with all materials, a keepsake apron, and an open bar during the class!


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