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BBQ Classes - Bunch of Swines BBQ

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BBQ Classes by the Bunch of Swines Competition BBQ Team
(supported by BBQ Gourmet)

Check out the UnitedQ review of the Bunch of Swines BBQ Classes here .

Dates:                  2019 dates to be confirmed

Location            The Compass Inn (Avon Room), Tormarton, South Gloucestershire GL9 1JB; Tel: 01454-218-242; Email: info@compass-inn.co.uk

How to find the Compass Inn:
The Compass Inn is located less than ½ a mile from Junction 18 of the M4.  From Junction 18 of the M4, take the A46 north (signposted to Stroud), stay on the A46 for 200m, and then turn first right towards Tormarton village.  The Compass Inn can be found 250m down this road on the right hand side.

Accommodation:  Rooms are available at The Compass Inn at the following discounted rates per night:
Room Only £72.50
Bed & Breakfast (1 person) £82.50
Bed & Breakfast (2 people) £92.50

Please contact The Compass Inn directly and quote ‘BBQ Gourmet BBQ Class’ to book accommodation at these rates.  As there are limited rooms available at these rates, we recommend that you book your room as soon as possible after booking the course.

Please note that dinner is available at the Compass, but we do NOT recommend that you pre-book dinner as you will be eating significant quantities of meat on both days of the BBQ classes and are unlikely to want dinner at the end of each day,
Course Synopsis

Day 1 (Saturday) - Backyard BBQ

Class starts at 10am and finishes at around 6pm.  Coffee & tea will be provided mid-morning and mid-afternoon.

The Backyard BBQ Class is aimed at helping you learn the art of smoke and taking your BBQ up to the next level.  During the class, we’ll be cooking on different BBQs including kettles, bullets, and wood pellet smokers, but we will also be discussing ceramic 'eggs' and cabinet smokers.

Topics covered include:
  • Which fuel is right for me?  Charcoal vs Briquettes vs Pellet and the pros & cons of each
  • Different woods for smoking and how much to use
  • Fire setup & management
  • US vs UK meats
  • What to ask UK butchers to get what you need!!
  • Food hygiene & safe meat temperatures
  • Rubs & sauces
We’ll also be cooking:
  • Chicken – Wings, Legs & Whole
  • Pork – Belly, Rack & Shoulder
  • Ribs, Ribs, Ribs – Baby-back, Spare & Beef short
  • Beef Brisket - Texas and Kansas City styles
Each attendee will get food throughout the day (so we won't be providing lunch, though lunch will be available at the Compass Inn) and detailed notes to take away with them.

Day 2 (Sunday) - ​Advanced & Competition BBQ Techniques

Class starts at 10am and we expect it to finish around 6pm or when the last question is answered.  Coffee & tea will be provided mid-morning and mid-afternoon.

The Advanced & Competition BBQ Techniques class covers all of the main four Kansas City BBQ Society (KCBS) meat categories, and is intended to get you get you ready to smoke the competition both at home and abroad.

During the day, we will cover:
  • Meat selection - what to look for and where to buy
  • Trimming
  • Important things to know about Injections
  • Competition flavour profiles
  • Building perfect parsley boxes
  • Cooking competition chicken & how to get ‘bite through’ skin
  • Competition spare ribs and perfect tenderness
  • Pork Butt - how to get pulled, chunks, and ‘money muscle’ from the same pork butt.
  • Competition-style beef brisket - perfect flat & awesome burnt ends
  • Presenting your meat
Please note that notes will NOT be provided on this day and attendees will be required to make their own notes during the class.
About Your Instructor
Ed Gash and Emma Millest, Pitmaster and Pitmistress of the Bunch of Swines BBQ Team, have long experience of competing and winning in BBQ competitions all over the UK, Europe, and in the United States.  This year, they won Grand Champion at Grillstock Bristol for the 4th year in a row.  Incredibly, they also came 7th Overall at the 2015 American Royal Invitational in Kansas City - the largest, most prestigious, and richest BBQ competition in the world - beating many of the top competition BBQ teams in the United States.
The results of the Bunch of Swines BBQ Team speak for themselves:
  • 2018 American Royal Invitational, Kansas City - Grand Champion
  • 2015 American Royal Invitational, Kansas City - 7th Overall
  • King of the Grill Grand Champion - Grillstock 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • KCBS Grand Champion - Lowlands BBQ Festival 2014
  • Grand Champion - Ruhrpott BBQ Competition 2016
  • Grand Champion - IBQN Drum & Baste 2014
  • Grand Champion - IBQN Americana Q 2013
  • Grand Champion - IBQN Guy Fawkin Hot & Fast 2013
  • 1st Place - British BBQ Championships 2012
  • Reserve Grand Champion - Ruhrpott BBQ Competition 2014
  • Reserve Grand Champion - IBQN MIM 2014
  • Reserve Grand Champion - TS Low & Slow 2013
  • Reserve Grand Champion - IBQN MIM 2013
  • Reserve Grand Champion - Q on the Canal 2013
  • Reserve Grand Champion - TS Low & Slow 2012
  • 1st Place Pork - Drum & Baste 2014
  • 1st Place Ribs - Mayhem in May 2014
Course Cost
Course Cost per Person (incl VAT)
Day 1 - Backyard BBQ £ TBC
Day 2 - Advanced & Competition BBQ £ TBC
Day 1 & Day 2 Combined £ TBC

Cancellation Policy
  1. Cancellations more than a month prior to a class will be free of charge. 
  2. Cancellations and postponements less than a month prior to a class will be charged a £50 cancellation/rescheduling fee. 
  3. 'No Shows' without prior contact will be charged 100% of the class fees.