2014 BBQ Class Schedule thru August
Each class is limited in size as this is a hands-on class with one-on-one guidance.
The cost of each class is $375 per student.
Class runs from 7:45 am – 2:30 pm (see below for class details)
|January 18||Diamond Bar, CA||Full|
|February 1||Diamond Bar, CA||Full|
|February 15||Hampton Inn & Suites, Oakland Airport, CA||Full|
|February 22||Diamond Bar, CA||Full|
|March 1||Diamond Bar, CA||Full|
|March 2 (Sunday)||Diamond Bar, CA||Full|
|March 15||Hampton Inn & Suites, Oakland Airport, CA||Full|
|April 3 & 4||USCG Training Center, Petaluma, CA||Full|
|April 12||Diamond Bar, CA||Full|
|April 19||Diamond Bar, CA||Full|
|May 24||Diamond Bar, CA – Request a Registration form||1|
|May 31||Diamond Bar, CA – Request a Registration form||Open|
|June 7||Diamond Bar, CA – Request a Registration form||3|
|June 14||Diamond Bar, CA – Request a Registration form||Open|
|July 5||Diamond Bar, CA – Request a Registration form||Open|
|August 23||Diamond Bar, CA – Request a Registration form||Open|
|August 30||Hampton Inn & Suites, Oakland Airport, CA – Request a Registration form||Open|
|September – TBD|
|October – TBD|
|November – TBD|
|December – TBD|
Class schedule last updated: 04/15/2014
Contact us for registration form details. Please include the class date you are interested in.
Class Reviews (read all reviews)
This is an amazing class!- Harry is not only a great cook, but more importantly – A GREAT teacher as well. The class is very well put together and you will leave with all the tools you need to become a very good BBQ chef.I would recommend this to all who want to get better at cooking and enjoy life more.
Better than 20 BBQ Books I own – Instructor knew and told every aspect of BBQ process. I plan to be a Pro and now know what to do to win
One of best classes I have taken – I am a Certified BBQ Judge and have taken several classes including some in the Mid-West. This ranks way up there as one of the best I have attended…
Thank you for curing me of my phobia of making bad barbecue - No BBQ book, video, or search on the Internet can compare to your hands-on class.
Yelp Reviews (read all reviews)
I can’t say enough good things about this class. Harry is passionate about, and loves BBQ. I share his enthusiasm, and was hoping he could help me improve my skills. He did so much more than that. This class is hands on, and he covers a lot of topics. I learned so much, and Harry is a gracious and patient teacher. I’ve been working my pit for years, and was pretty good at it too, if I don’t say so my own self, but this class brought me up to a new level of understanding.
So glad I took the Slap Yo Daddy BBQ pitmaster class.
Someone once told me that I don’t have to know it all.. but you do need to know who to ask for help when you need it and when it comes to BBQ, Harry Soo is that man. Save yourself years of trial and error and take this class. This class will take anyone from zero to hero in 6 short hours. The wisdom and love that Harry will impart on you is amazing. Save time and money with his proven process and resources. I cannot recommend this class enough. If there is an advanced class.. sign me up Harry. You’re the best!!! Thank you Sir
This is the class to go to!!! Harry knows BBQ and is willing to share his knowledge with his students not only at class but after when it really counts and you need good BBQ to impress your family and friends or if you are a competitor and need to impress the judges. This is a class which is MORE than worth the registration fee. Learn Harry’s methods and then you can adapt them to your tastes. My first brisket after the class was amazing compared to before the class. I am confident our team scores will be much better at the next competition … (read all reviews)
Why take Harry’s class?
There are many choices of barbecue classes in America and many good instructors. So how do you choose? Many potential students actually read all of Harry’s 100+ five-star review comments (1) (2) before deciding for themselves (see Media). If you’re looking for an instructor who loves to teach and has a terrific track record for sharing the art and science of barbecue that’s backed by 27+ Grand Championships and 75+ first places from America, Canada, England, and Hawaii, you don’t need to look further (see Awards).
Since 2009, Harry has proven that he can take you from zero to hero in six-hours in his entertaining action-packed barbecue class whether you’re a restaurateur, competitor, aspiring competitor, caterer, BBQ judge, or regular backyard cook. Of the 1,000+ pitmasters Harry has personally taught hands-on in small classes, many have gone on to win Grand Championships after class and four have made it to the prestigious Jack Daniels Invitational contest in Lynchburg, Tennessee. Harry also trained the first woman grand champion pitmaster from California and the first one from Arizona. Harry’s teaching has attracted a diverse clientele of students from around the world including Canada, Thailand, Korea, England, Netherlands, and Australia. Numerous Executive Chefs and classically trained chefs from prestigious institutions and multinational hotels (Four Seasons, JW Marriott, Disneyland Resorts, high-end casinos) have all found their way to Harry’s class.
This class is geared towards applying competition-style BBQ techniques to your backyard cooking including food safety, meat selection, trimming, recipe injections, rubs, mops, sprays, sauces, temperature control, BBQ chemistry, bark formation, foiling meats, and determining doneness. The class will use a variety of smokers (WSM 18″ and 22″, Comet Kamado, Green Mountain Grill), propane grill, gas oven, and focus on wood selection and fire control.
In this six-hour class, you will work side-by-side with Harry to smoke, grill, bake, and prepare 15 different types of meats and sides. Sauces and rubs are all prepared from regular pantry ingredients. Class includes an all you can eat BBQ lunch of half-chickens, thighs, St. Louis style spareribs, Baby Back ribs, Rib Tips, Pork Butts, Beef Brisket, Sausage, Hot Links, Salami, and Santa Maria tri-tip. Our tri tip won 1st place in the Tri Tip Championship Throwdown in 2009 in Santa Maria, California, the tri tip capital of the world.
Traditional BBQ sides that will be taught include from scratch classic BBQ beans, coleslaw, and Harry’s popular Slapilicious cornbread.
You will also learn how to prepare Harry’s famous Seared Ahi Tuna with Maui Onion Dressing.
Each student will take home a hefty box of BBQ leftovers and sides for your family to enjoy and a bound copy of SYD BBQ 101 class manual, Harry’s top-secret Slap Yo’ Daddy rub which will be made in class, a souvenir black Slap Yo’ Daddy BBQ apron (commercial grade), a frameable certificate of completion of Slap Yo’ Daddy BBQ Pitmaster Class, and one year of free technical BBQ support.
Discussion / Demonstration / Hands-On
- How to light a fire
- How to make your own rubs and sauces
- How to prepare chicken, ribs, pork, brisket, and tri-tip
- How to prepare injections and marinades
- Detailed instructions on cooking methods
- Equipment and Accessories
- Overview of BBQ contests and judging
- Cooking long-haul Brisket and Pork Butts
- Cooking spareribs, St. Louis Ribs, and Baby Back Ribs
- Cooking Tri-Tip Santa Maria Style
- Cooking Half Chickens and Chicken Thighs
- Cooking Sausages and Links
- Answering your grilling and BBQ problems and questions
- Certificates and Conclusion
Registration and Notification
If you see any open dates in the class schedule above, there will be a link to request a registration form beside that date. Fill out the request form. You will be emailed a registration form. Fill out that form and send it in with your payment.
Once you submit the request for a registration form, you should receive an automated system email confirming receipt. If you do not receive a confirmation receipt, contact us. When a new class date becomes available, students who completed the class notification form will be notified of the date and given 24 hours to reply so we can email them the registration form. It is then up to those students to complete the registration form and submit payment. Receipt of registrations and payments are processed in a first come first serve basis.
Once your spot has been purchased, you will receive a confirmation email and subsequent email reminders will be sent at the two-week, one-week, and three days intervals before the class date with special instructions and class location.
Airport and Hotel Information
If you would like to purchase a class as a gift for someone, please fill out the registration form and include in the comment section the name of the recipient and his/her email information. You must go through the same process of purchasing a spot once you have been notified of a new class. Once you have purchased a spot, we will email you a certificate that you can print out and present to the recipient.
To redeem your gift certificate, please email us. Tell us which class you’re interested in and mention that you have a gift certificate from us. If a spot is still available in the class, you will receive an email confirmation of being in the class.
This is how Jenn gave her gift to her husband. Awwww . . .
If you want to be on standby for a filled class, please complete the Notification Form below and indicate which filled class you wish to be in as standby. If a spot becomes available and you are at the top of the standby list, you will be notified via email. You will be given 24-hours to respond. If we do not hear from you after the 24th hour, the next person on the waiting list will be contacted.
Class runs from 7:45 am – 2:30 pm (arrive 7:45; we start promptly at 8:00; lunch around 1:00; conclude with certificates after lunch). If you’re flying in, please note that class may not end until 3:00 pm or later because BBQ is ready when it’s ready and can’t be hurried. Consequently, please don’t book flight too tightly. You won’t want to miss out on the final product and wrap up portions of the class.
2 weeks before class – Full Refund
1 – 2 weeks before class – 50% refund
Less than 7 days before class – no refunds (as I have purchased all meats and materials for the class)
Please email the Class Coordinator if you have questions.
Class Notification Form
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Note: All information and pricing subject to change.
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Please email the SYD class coordinator if you have questions.