Loading Events

CSU BBQ U & BBQ Showdown

Details

Start:
May 24
End:
May 28
Event Categories:
,

Venue

The Stanley Hotel
333 Wonderview Avenue
Estes Park, CO 80517 United States
+ Google Map
Phone:
970-577-4000
Website:
stanleyhotel.com

The CSU BBQ and 1st Annual Rocky Mountain BBQ Showdown are two great events, set to kick-off summer in Colorado with some culinary flare.  Whether you’re a novice or seasoned chef looking to bone-up on a few skills or take it to the completion, the emphasis is on fun, family and of course, great food!

All proceeds of the BBQ U and the BBQ U Competition benefit the CSU Department of Animal Science program.


BBQ U Learning

The fun begins with welcome evening beer reception on May 24th to get the juices flowing followed by 2-days of hands-on classroom learning from some of the top BBQ experts from across the country.  Students will roll-up their sleeves to experience hands-on curriculum including carcass carving, spice and sauce formulation, and different cooking methods to play on natural flavors, and plenty of samples along the way!  Whether novice or pro, you’ll need a notepad and plenty of napkins to get through this course.

Discount rooms available with ticket purchase. You will receive a special room promo code with your receipt of purchase.

Wednesday, May 24th
  • 6:00PM - Welcome Reception: Complimentary hors d'oeuves & cash bar at Cascades
Thursday, May 25th

Beef

  • 9:00-10:15AM - Beef Carcass Cutting Demo
  • 10:15-10:30AM - Morning Break
  • 10:30-11:15AM - Beef Steak/Grade Taste Demo
  • 11:15-12:15PM - Dr. Savell's Texas Brisket Short Course
  • 12:15-1:00PM - BBQ Beef Lunch
  • 1:00-2:00PM - Spice Blends & Sauce Formulation
  • 2:00-3:00PM - The Science of Smoke
  • 3:00-3:15PM - Afternoon Break

Poultry

  • 3:15-4:15PM - Poultry Product Cutting Demo & Discussion
  • 4:15-4:45PM - Recipes for Success: Seasonings, Sauces, and Cooking Methods
  • Conclusion of Day 1
  • 5:30PM - Happy Hour at the Stanley Hotel Bar
Friday, May 26th

Pork

  • 9:00-10:15AM - Pork Carcass Cutting
  • 10:15-10:30AM - Morning Break
  • 10:30-11:45AM - Sausage Making Demo
  • 11:45-12:30PM - BBQ Pork Lunch
  • 12:30-1:15PM - Ribs & Bacon Short Course
  • 1:15-2:00PM - Rubs & Sauce Formulation

Lamb

  • 2:00-3:15PM - Lamb Carcass Cutting Demo
  • 3:15-3:30PM - Afternoon Break
  • 3:30-4:15PM - Recipes for Success: Seasons, Sauces, and Cooking Methods

Food Safety

  • 4:15-5:00PM - BBQ Food Safety 101
  • Conclusion of Day 2

Click here to download the BBQ U Event Schedule.


BBQ Showdown

Think you’ve got what it takes to smoke the competition? Then test your chops in the 1st Annual Rocky Mountain BBQ Showdown! Enter your best brisket, sausage, beef, pork, and lamb ribs, pork shoulder, and chicken to try your luck at impressing the judges to win cash prizes in each category. You can also compete for a People’s Choice award and convince all of Estes Park that you’re the true BBQ Master! The BBQ contestant’s package includes a Friday and Saturday night’s stay.  It’s the perfect way to stay and play – no bones about it!

Discount rooms available with ticket purchase. You will receive a special room promo code with your receipt of purchase.

Rocky Mountain BBQ Showdown Contestant Enrollment: $250

CLICK HERE TO ENROLL

Saturday, May 27th

BBQ Contest

  • 7:00AM - Contestant Setup Begins
  • 11:00-12:00PM - Meat Check-In
  • 12:00PM - Contest Kick-Off
  • 5:00-7:00PM - Judges Training & Correlation Workshop
  • 7:00-8:00PM - Keynote Guest Speaker Temple Grandin: The World Needs All Kinds of Minds
  • 8:00PM - A Night at The Stanley
Sunday, May 28th

BBQ Contest Finals

  • 11:00AM - Turn-Ins Begin Every 15 Minutes
    • Pork
      • Ribs
      • Shoulder
      • Sausage
    • Beef
      • Brisket
      • Ribs
    • Chicken
    • Lamb
  • 3:00PM - BBQ Award Ceremony & Sponsor Recognition

Click here to download the Official BBQ Showdown Rules.

CSU BBQ U Packages:
Early Bird Rates

Full Two Day Course with Wed Evening Reception:
$350/person $600/couple

BOOK NOW

Thursday One-Day: $200/person

BOOK NOW

Friday One-Day: $200/person

BOOK NOW


Packages

Whole Hog Package: 2-Day BBQ Course & 2-Night Stay

BOOK NOW

Go whole hog, with the ultimate BBQ scholar package May 24th- 26th!   The fun begins with welcome evening beer reception on May 24th to get the juices flowing followed by 2-days of hands-on classroom learning from some of the top BBQ experts from across the country.  Students will roll-up their sleeves to experience hands-on curriculum including carcass carving, spice and sauce formulation, and different cooking methods to play on natural flavors, and plenty of samples along the way!  Whether novice or pro, you’ll need a notepad and plenty of napkins to get through this course.

The Whole Hog Package also includes a 2-night Stanley Hotel accommodation in the Lodge Bed and Breakfast which includes a complimentary breakfast.

Bonus:  Show off your new culinary chops and smoke the completion by entering the 1st Annual Rocky Mountain BBQ Showdown Saturday May 26th! (Add Link)


BBQ U for Two: 2-Day BBQ Course for Two People & 2-Night Stay

BOOK NOW

When it comes to the grill, four hands are always better than two.   We think of it as the ultimate couple’s culinary experience.   All the perks of the Whole Hog 2-day culinary curriculum, but the package includes 2 BBQ U. admissions.   The fun begins with welcome evening beer reception on May 24th to get the juices flowing followed by 2-days of hands-on classroom learning from some of the top BBQ experts from across the country.  Students will roll-up their sleeves to experience hands-on curriculum including carcass carving, spice and sauce formulation, and different cooking methods to play on natural flavors, and plenty of samples along the way!  Whether novice or pro, you’ll need a notepad and plenty of napkins to get through this course.

Bonus:  Show off your new culinary chops and smoke the completion by entering the 1st Annual Rocky Mountain BBQ Showdown Saturday May 26th! (Add Link)


BBQ U: Short Back 1-Day Package

BOOK NOW

The perfect package for those looking to bone-up on a specific skillset.  The Short Back package includes either a Thursday or Friday course and a 1-night stay at the Stanley Hotel. Students will roll-up their sleeves to experience hands-on curriculum including carcass carving, spice and sauce formulation, and different cooking methods to play on natural flavors, and plenty of samples along the way!  Whether novice or pro, you’ll need a notepad and plenty of napkins to get through this course.

Thursday Culinary Curriculum Focus:  Beef, Poultry and a Beef BBQ Lunch

Friday Culinary Curriculum Focus:  Pork, Lamb and BBQ Pork Lunch

Bonus:  Show off your new culinary chops and smoke the completion by entering the 1st Annual Rocky Mountain BBQ Showdown Saturday May 26th! (Add Link)


BBQ Contestants Package: 2-Night Stay & BBQ

BOOK NOW

Think you’ve got what it takes to smoke the competition? Then test your chops in the 1st Annual Rocky Mountain BBQ Showdown! Enter your best brisket, sausage, beef, pork, and lamb ribs, pork shoulder, and chicken to try your luck at impressing the judges to win cash prizes in each category. You can also compete for a People’s Choice award and convince all of Estes Park that you’re the true BBQ Master! The BBQ contestant’s package includes a Friday and Saturday night’s stay.  It’s the perfect way to stay and play – no bones about it!