Live your barbecue resort-stay dreams.
First, we wish you all a happy National Barbecue Month. To help you celebrate this hallowed, manufactured period, we’ve rounded up a trio of barbecue-focused resort packages. We start in California, home of Santa Maria-style tri-tip.
BBQ Bootcamp, May 16 – 18
Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort, Solvang, California
The area around this former Santa Ynez Valley working cattle ranch is known for Santa Maria-style barbecue, a direct-heat preparation characterized by the tri-tip steak. Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort’s barbecue power duo, executive chef Anthony Endy and legendary grill master and Hitching Post II owner Frank Ostini, will run guests through every step of this barbecue style, beginning with spice rubs and how to start the best fire for cooking. Equipment is important too! Horseback riding, golf, fishing, and other activities on the Central California land and nights with esteemed chefs and winemakers fill out the rest of the time. If you miss this month’s luxury workshop, another is scheduled for late September. Read our around-the-fire account.
Barbecue University, May 24 – 26, May 27 – 29
The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Steven Raichlen is perhaps the authority on smoking and grilling. The award-winning cookbook author and TV host leads the camps here with daily classes that lead into nights of fine smoky dining and enjoying the high-mountain luxury of The Broadmoor. Read our around-the-fire account.
Montana Master Grillers, May 25 – 28
The Resort at Paws Up, Greenough, Montana
This Big Sky Country resort is a culinary ranch resort extraordinaire, with events and adventure available year-round. Montana Master Grillers, however, is the marquee event. The package includes instruction and/or meals from six chefs, including Tim Byres and Pat Martin, a featured brewery, a featured distillery, and a featured winery. The barbecue will be served with more than just paired beverages. There will also be plenty of wilderness adventuring to be had while enjoying glamping at its finest. Read our around-the-fire account.
Vera’s Backyard Bar-B-Que
The Southern Cowboy
Taste of the West: Texas Versus Kansas City Barbecue
Santa Maria-Style Barbecue Recipes From Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort
The Smell of Smoke
Recipe: Brazos River Lodge’s Smoked Beef Ribs
Recipe: Smoked Brisket From The Texas Food Bible