View Full Version : Dr. BBQ's Ultimate Pitmasters Class in England

01-12-2012, 08:14 AM
I'm coming out of retirement to do a little International Initiative of my own with a cooking class in England. It's April 28th in Central England and will be a one day affair. This class will be about cooking competition BBQ both in Europe and in the US. I may be a little old but I did win two contests in 2011 and I am in the Jack pool for 2012 so I've got plenty to share.

We have the sight secured and I'm assured that it's excellent. More soon, I just wanted to get the date out there for all of my European friends.

01-12-2012, 08:37 AM
Way to stick your thumb in their eye Ray.
Have a good show.

01-12-2012, 10:14 AM
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Leading the way in the UK !!!!!!!

01-12-2012, 10:15 AM
I've taken Dr. BBQ's class in 2004. It was the most intense, hands-on class I've taken! It gave me the tools in the beginning to go from a backyarder wanna-be to a confident competitor. This will be a great ideal class for our European friends to best learn what we do here in the U.S. I would suspect this class to fill up quickly !!

01-12-2012, 10:28 AM
There is going to be a seriously mad rush to get a spot in this class and I know people already in the starting blocks waiting on the gun. :phone:

Diva Q
01-12-2012, 10:32 AM
Ray's class was the very first BBQ Class I ever took. Very hands on and a great introduction to competition BBQ. That was 7 years ago and I still put some of the tools I learned there to use. I am glad our friends from across the pond will get the opportunity to learn from him.

Pappy Q
01-12-2012, 10:43 AM
How about one here in the USA?

01-12-2012, 11:00 AM
How about one here in the USA?

I might just do that.

01-12-2012, 11:02 AM
We're gonna try to keep the class small so everybody gets the full hands on experience. Like 30 students.

01-12-2012, 11:18 AM
I've learned a lot from Ray and consider him a good friend. It's not JUST because of what I've learned either. It's because Ray will answer a question, and tell me what he thinks. Not, what he thinks I want to hear. It's a quality that isn't nearly as common as it used to be. Take the class!

01-12-2012, 11:52 AM
Several of us here on Long Island had the pleasure of taking one of Ray's classes a few years ago. I too consider Ray a good friend and he is a tremendous resource in the world of BBQ.
Good luck Ray on your England endeavor; I am sure it will be great.

01-12-2012, 12:18 PM
If yer gonna do a Southern California initiative, holler!

01-12-2012, 12:33 PM
do one in florida!

01-12-2012, 12:55 PM
See Ray, hell, people around here want you to do a class!.. So, for my friends across the pond, that there alone should tell you something !!

01-12-2012, 01:41 PM
Do one in elk creek,ky
or somewhere on the bourbon trail.

JD McGee
01-12-2012, 02:28 PM
Very cool! Congrats Ray! Now...I gotta put in a plug for us up here in the PNW...we'd love to have you! :thumb:

Smoke'n Ice
01-12-2012, 06:03 PM
Very cool! Congrats Ray! Now...I gotta put in a plug for us up here in the PNW...we'd love to have you! :thumb:
Ray was there several years ago. Why didn't you take the class then, I did!

Midnight Smoke
01-12-2012, 07:05 PM
I might just do that.

Tucson is a very nice place to visit. I may also be able to do Phoenix if you held a class in Arizona.

JD McGee
01-12-2012, 08:14 PM
Ray was there several years ago. Why didn't you take the class then, I did!

Depends on how long ago he was here...I've only been serious about competition bbq for about 3 years....last time I knew of Ray being in Seattle was at our first Big Green Egg festival...:cool: That said...if you ever get back up this way Ray...sign me up! :thumb:

01-12-2012, 10:06 PM
Great gig ray! Do you need a beautiful assistant to accompany u while sandy shops? :) I have new aprons.

I helped Ray with his class in 04 and it got rave reviews. One of the best hands on classes ive been too.. Highly recommended.

Anyone have pics of that chicken box?

01-13-2012, 05:46 AM
Dr.BBQ...save a spot for Padawan and me please!:pray::wink:

Seriously...I'm gonna ask Padawan if she wants to come along if it's not too expensive for us.
I'll just crash at Dr.KY's place....:becky:

01-13-2012, 08:09 AM
Phu at this rate I'll be in a hotel myself. HAHAHAHAHA! Let's see what happens when the location and other information is announced. My suspicion is we are all going to need a place within fifty feet to sleep off all the food and brain busting. :cool:

01-13-2012, 09:26 AM
Sounds like this guy really does know something about BBQ!

Glad I'm already on the list.

Look forward to seeing you Ray!

Cue's Your Daddy
01-13-2012, 10:04 AM

01-30-2012, 09:41 AM
I just wrote this for the guys at the British BBQ Society forum but it has a lot of info about my upcoming class in England so I figured I'd repost it.

I'll be happy to answer any questions but understand that Jon Finch is handling logistics on your side of the pond and I'm working on the class schedule here so it's highly possible that neither of us has all the answers yet. It's still a work in progress but we wanted to get the date out ASAP. We are trying to make sign-up available this week so stay tuned.

The class will cost 200 pounds per guest and if it fills up and I can get a good deal on a flight and hotel we may make a few dollars. But at that price I am fully prepared to do this for no fee. I truly want to help promote American style BBQ in the UK. Now understand that BBQ is my job and I hope to get paid somehow and some way down the road but not this time.

This class will be mostly demonstration with me doing the cooking, and that's why we're limiting it to 30 guests. I will go through everything at least twice so you should get a good look at it all. We'll cook the ribs and chicken live during the class. The Butts and briskets will be cooked overnight before the class arrives, but most of the US teams hold these meats fully cooked in a catering cabinet so it won't be much different than live. I'll demo additional raw butts and briskets and we'll trade them out for the cooked ones when it's time for presentation. I will show the class exactly what I do from meat selection to turn in for every category. No questions will go unanswered. If it gets to be hours after the class and I haven't answered all the questions yet we may have to move to the pub to finish, but I'm good with that.

Guys I'm going to do my best to show you exactly what I know the top US teams to be doing. I've been a KCBS member and cook since 1991. My member number is 943. I'm also a KCBS Master Certified BBQ Judge. I know all the players and have seen the evolution from a bunch of guys partying and cooking BBQ to the new wave of high tech serious BBQ competitors. I've cooked at the Jack 5 times and I have a trophy jug and a stack of ribbons from it. I've judged the Jack twice. I've cooked the American Royal 15 times. I've done dozens of these classes and trained many of the top cooks. Rick and Jackie Weight AKA Mad Cow began their BBQ journey by attending a class I was teaching in the barn where the Jack Daniel's cook-off is judged and as I think you all know the later returned and became the first ever International team to win the Jack! It can be done :)

But it's not all about history. Last year I was Grand Champion at 2 KCBS contests. I'm already in the Jack draw and the American Royal invitational for 2012. My email is drbbq@hotmail.com if you'd like to contact me personally.

Ray Lampe

01-30-2012, 10:48 PM
You guys are in for a treat!


01-31-2012, 06:35 AM
The location is a good hour and a half from home by car so I'm looking at hotels in the area.

Rolling Smoke
01-31-2012, 05:33 PM
Tina and I took Ray's class in Detroit several years ago and it was in the worst part of town you could imagine. The only thing that gave us a little comfort was the bikers clubhouse across the street and the fact that they had a good relationship with John Ford, the organizer and host of the event. After it was all said and done, I can honestly say if Ray gave a class in the middle of hell, I would do my damnest to be there!

01-31-2012, 09:24 PM
Yeah i've done some classes on the wrong side of the tracks. Anybody remember the brewery parking lot in Detroit? :)

02-15-2012, 08:06 AM
The signup is ready for Dr. BBQ's Ultimate Pitmaster Class in England! Only 30 spots and I think it's going to fill up fast so don't delay if you want to get in. Remember "Mad Cow", the team from Engalnd that actually won the Jack Daniel's cook-off? This class is where they started.

02-15-2012, 08:33 AM
Looks great. The location is about half way between where my wife is from (and where all her family lives) in Birmingham and London.

Wish I was going to be in the U.K. at that time.

02-19-2012, 12:55 AM

I took the class and the photo..

Learned alot from Dr. BBQ....

Yours in BBQ,


02-19-2012, 08:34 AM
I can't wait for this!1 :D :D :D

02-19-2012, 11:46 AM
Several of us LIFOS enjoyed our class with Ray a few years back. Here is a pic of me learning some new brisket trimming techniques. (He asked for a volunteer and I'm not shy.) That's Paul (aka Cue's Your Daddy) on the right and Vinny (Militant Squatter) on the left.
It is a great class and a truly unique experience.

03-08-2012, 10:10 PM
I just booked my flight so this class is on! There are some spots left but it's looking like it's gonna fill up. Thanks to everyone who has signed up or helped to promote it. Real American BBQ in England baby!

03-08-2012, 11:45 PM
Hey Rolling Smoke ...I think I was at that same class in Detriot ! Biker clubhouse across the street ...razorwire on the fences ... I took that class and never looked back ... Still reviewing my notes from that class and learning from the Dr of BBQ Even years later.

Ray, I'm sure you'll show them how it's done ...congrats !


03-09-2012, 05:44 AM
I am all over this Ray in fact it's number one in my diary when we get back from Australia.
I'll have to see if I can find a bottle of Buffalo trace in the back of a van. :D

04-06-2012, 08:28 AM
The good folks at Hawgeyes BBQ just shipped two big boxes of rubs and sauces over for me and I hear some Creekstone Farms briskets are on the way! Looking forward to a good time in England!

Whatever happened to the KCBS International Initiative? It seems to have gone underground.

04-06-2012, 10:36 AM
The good folks at Hawgeyes BBQ just shipped two big boxes of rubs and sauces over for me and I hear some Creekstone Farms briskets are on the way! Looking forward to a good time in England!

Whatever happened to the KCBS International Initiative? It seems to have gone underground.

Maybe they see no need for it now....

04-25-2012, 12:25 PM
It's on now! Today I head over the pond for the first ever Dr. BBQ's Ultimate Pitmaster Class in England. Thanks to Jon Finch and all the Grillstock folks for all the help and thanks to everybody who signed up. I even hear that Dr. Sweetsmoke is joining us! Can't wait to see him.

Vince RnQ
04-25-2012, 12:33 PM
Good luck, Ray!

04-25-2012, 08:25 PM
Picked up my train tickets this morning plus the liquid refreshment should arrive in a couple of hours. :D

JD McGee
04-25-2012, 08:47 PM
Have fun guys...don't forget the pics! :becky:

04-25-2012, 09:04 PM
Will do JD. :)

04-26-2012, 05:48 AM
I see you browsing. :D
Just come along to the class if you are interested. Loads of fun, learning and great people. It's not one to be missed if anyone can help it.


04-26-2012, 06:52 AM
Best of luck dude!!

04-26-2012, 08:40 AM
Have Phun y'all!
Wish I could be there but I don't have enough cashPhlow.
If everything turns out smooth I will be there during Grillstock though...
Don't Phorget to take pics!