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huminie
11-05-2011, 07:59 PM
I want to give a huge thanks to Big Poppa Smokers for hosting a wonderful BBQ class this weekend featuring BBQ legend Johnny Trigg!

Sterling, Jody, Brad, John, Jessie and crew put on a first class experience and treated the students, Johnny and Trish like royalty.

First, the facilities are top notch. A real classroom environment including ceiling cam and huge monitors so we could learn in a very productive environment. Non stop refreshments at our fingertips. Catered dinner, early morning donuts and ginormous breakfast burritos.

We were also provided with a goody bag full of everything Johnny used in class (well, there was no Jambo in my bag, but all the rubs/sauces etc!). We received a CD of all the pics taken throughout the room and even a poster signed by Johnny and Trish! Out of towners had their gifts shipped home free and everyone got to shop in the BPS store with a nice discount as well!

The class itself was top notch. It was Johnny going through a full KCBS cook, teaching us everything he does at a contest down to the smallest detail and answering every question asked. Add to that almost 24 hours of non-stop Johnny Trigg stories from his 20+ year BBQ cooking career and you have an amazing experience. The class size was very small so there was lots of one on one time and by the end everyone felt like Johnny's personal friend.

I can't wait to try out some of Johnny's techniques in the future and find ways to integrate some of his methods into my own cooking. I am sure it will do nothing but kick it up another notch!

To me, the experience was as much about getting to meet Johnny as it was about learning his recipes and techniques...this was BBQ fantasy camp for me and I loved every minute of it. Class went until past 10pm Friday and I was back at 2:30am to witness the lighting of his iconic Jambo. Getting to spend an extra 3-4 hours with Johnny before most of the other students arrived was priceless.

Thank you Big Poppa Smokers for putting together this wonderful experience that I will never forget!

There were students from several states so if you get the chance to go to another one in the future, don't hesitate to sign up. You won't regret it!

Crash
11-06-2011, 04:47 AM
Sounds like it was an awesome class. Jealous!!

Big Poppa
11-06-2011, 09:23 AM
Thanks so much Adam..There is another live thread about the validity of classes..especially from cooks that aren't red hot. I would not go to the expense.,...and it is an expense, trust me. I make nothing off the class fee.....have ten bps employees working overtime....and all the other production costs....if I didnt believe that getting a chance to spend 22 hours with Johnny and Trish would not at the very least be a cherished memory.

A vewry small minority will critique Johnny...and miss the point...There is tons to learn spending that time with him.

that's hot
11-06-2011, 09:33 AM
what a great opportunity ,thanks for sharing, it sounds like you had the time of your BBQ life .

M

OutlawSwine
11-06-2011, 11:30 AM
Wow, I'm very jealous. Wish I could've been there.

JD McGee
11-06-2011, 11:56 AM
I totally agree with you huminie...my wife and I took Johnny's class last March at Sterling's place...first rate then too! Since taking the class Rhana and I have taken our bbq to a new level earning us 8 GC's this year and a trip to the Jack! We hope his teachings will elevate your bbq as well...good luck! :-P

INmitch
11-06-2011, 12:20 PM
I totally agree with you huminie...my wife and I took Johnny's class last year at Sterling's place...first rate then too! Since taking the class Rhana and I have taken our bbq to a new level earning us 8 GC's this year and a trip to the Jack! We hope his teachings will elevate your bbq as well...good luck! :-P
Dang it!:mad2: I only got 3 GC's.:-D Like I said in the other thread. On the flight out I thought this is one of the dumbest things I've done.
It turned out to be a great expirience. Sterling & crew did an awsome job.
Thanks to Johnny I got my pork out of the tank and earned my way into the Butt to Butt in Jefferson City MO this year.:thumb:

Big Poppa
11-06-2011, 12:56 PM
JD and Rhana.....8 GC's
MItch 3 GC's
Big Poppa 2 GC's
Woodhouse 1 GC

There were a couple more so 14 GC's make a pretty good endorsement....that was from the March class....

JD McGee
11-06-2011, 12:59 PM
Yep...add Piggy D's BBQ to your list Sterling...Donna Martin was in our class...she and her husband Darel won Montana and an auto invite to the Jack.

gtr
11-06-2011, 01:13 PM
Hey Big Poppa - do you have a mailing list or newsletter type thingee?

Big Poppa
11-06-2011, 01:43 PM
NO just emial jessie@bigpoppasmokers.com We have scheduled another one for the weekend after Havasu

Big Poppa
11-06-2011, 01:44 PM
JD 16 gcs since that class....want to count RGCS? I know I missed one of the oregon teams

fireman_pete
11-06-2011, 01:58 PM
I have heard nothing but great things about these classes. We were supposed to attend this last class, but a darn catering job got in the way :-D

I can tell you this, we will NOT miss the next Feb class!

Knowing BP and his staff, I can imagine that the experience is nothing but top notch!!!!

Pete

JD McGee
11-06-2011, 02:17 PM
JD 16 gcs since that class....want to count RGCS? I know I missed one of the oregon teams

Sure...we had one RGC...and two ther teams from our class had one each as well...I mentioned them earlier (pre-edit)but thought it best not to in case they do not wish that info to be divulged as public knowledge...I'll let them chime in if they wish to do so.

YellowSuge
11-06-2011, 03:53 PM
JD and Rhana.....8 GC's
MItch 3 GC's
Big Poppa 2 GC's
Woodhouse 1 GC

There were a couple more so 14 GC's make a pretty good endorsement....that was from the March class....

I think I'm the only one without a GC from that class :sad:

Don't forget Dale's GC from Kristies.

Big Poppa
11-06-2011, 04:39 PM
yeah baby thats 18

OutlawSwine
11-06-2011, 04:43 PM
Are there any more of these classes planned? Maybe a little closer to Alabama? :-P

Shotgun smokers
11-06-2011, 10:24 PM
I think I'm the only one without a GC from that class :sad:

Don't forget Dale's GC from Kristies.

We haven't got one yet either.. But that was a great class! Johnny didn't hold back at all. And the BP crew were absolutely great!
Worth every penny!

huminie
11-07-2011, 05:31 PM
Thanks so much Adam..There is another live thread about the validity of classes..especially from cooks that aren't red hot. I would not go to the expense.,...and it is an expense, trust me. I make nothing off the class fee.....have ten bps employees working overtime....and all the other production costs....if I didnt believe that getting a chance to spend 22 hours with Johnny and Trish would not at the very least be a cherished memory.

A vewry small minority will critique Johnny...and miss the point...There is tons to learn spending that time with him.

I don't know what folks could possibly criticize him for. He tells everything he does and answers everything straight up. Yes, he does get a bit carried away with the stories sometimes, but honestly, getting to hear Johnny's stories was one of the main reasons I was there.

He showed us his whole process and we got to taste the results at the end. He wasn't there to cater for us, so you have to consider the circumstances when you are tasting the food. The ribs, for example, were a bit under done. That was because he cooked 30 pieces of chicken when he normally does much less and that brought the cooker temp down. But you know what, the flavor was still there. I got to taste Johnny Trigg's ribs. How cool is that? No one can teach you how to cook meat perfectly on your cooker anyway, and anyone who thinks they can go to a class and replicate everything the teacher does with the same results is sadly mistaken.

You have to learn the techniques and then carefully and thoughtfully integrate what makes sense into your own routine.

Learning from Johnny is a real "old school" BBQ experience. Does everything he does work in every contest in today's BBQ world? Probably not. But Johnny is all about getting back to basics and that was the big lesson of the weekend. Sometimes we get too caught up in the latest gadget, or complex cooking technique but Johnny gave me some much needed perspective on what good BBQ really is all about.

At a time when BBQ is seeing exciting growth and lots of new teams, the old school cooks are becoming few and far between. Johnny won't be cooking forever, so do yourself a favor and get in one of his classes while he is still willing and able to teach what he does. I am sure he will be around for a good many years, but why risk missing out on such an amazing opportunity?

Thanks again to BPS for allowing me the opportunity to learn from a true legend!