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Scottie 12-02-2010 10:17 AM 2nd Annual Cooking class/fundraiser
Looks like we will be having our 2nd Annual competition cooking class/fundraiser on February 4-5th, 2011. This class will be in Westmont, IL and will cover all aspects, techniques and flavors for a successful and award winning BBQ. This year from our February class, we were able to raise over $13,000 for cancer research. :clap2: Many of our students went on to win multiple Grand Championships and Reserve Grand Championships from the contests that they competed this year. If they want to speak up about the class, I'll let them do that.

The class will be on a KCBS timeline. We will once again have a very special guest instructor this year. The 2010 KCBS TOY and the 2010 Jack Daniel's World Champion, Mike and Beth Wozniak of QUAU. I do not have the Applications done yet, but mark your calendars and I will have the apps ready by next week. I'll also post something here and on my Facebook page. (My website is under construction) I just need to iron out a few minor details and the application will be complete.

We will have special rates at a local hotel and will also provide dinner and breakfast at the class. We will also provide a goody bag that is filled with products from sponsors, BBQ companies and from my BBQ team.

So mark your calendar for those dates! The class will have limited seating and I am figuring we will fill the hall this year with students. By the interest so far, we are already over 10 students signed up, so I would get your reservations in as soon as possible.

A portion (last year it was $250) of the class fee will be a tax deductible donation to our foundation for the students. Our foundation, in memory of my wife Corliss, raises money for cancer research and to assist those that are effected by cancer. All monies raised will be for the benefit of the foundation. So I want to thank Mike and Beth for their donation of time and expertise.

Hope to see you there!

Cancer Sucks!


ps We have nicknamed the class Jacks are better!!! :thumb:

Also if any companies want to donate product for the goody bags and get some good advertising, contact me.

4 smokin butts 12-02-2010 02:22 PM

cancer sucks
cindy and i took the class last year, enjoy it very much....i highly recommend this class.we gained alot of knowalge and ways to tweek our own metheds. besides this is a great cause to be part of. dennis

monty3777 12-02-2010 02:31 PM

I took this class last year and loved it. Both Scottie and Mike are great teachers and it was an honor to attend. Though I won't go into specifics the things I learned at this class helped me finally get a 1st in a category (chicken in Shannon, IL). I'm not the best cook in the world, but I don't suck anymore :)

If the schedule works I'll be bring my wife with me this year!

I should also say that this class helped me finally decide to get an FEC 100 stickburner (really small sticks). If you have an idea that you'd like to get an FEC but need to see one in action, and you are also planning on taking a class this would be a great one to take.

Bones 12-02-2010 03:56 PM

I took this class last year and learned alot. If you are looking for a start to finish class this is the one to take. It covers everything, prep,woods, timing, temps, brands of meat, spice, sauce and boxing. If you are experienced at competitions it will help you tweak what you are currently doing. The whole CSC team was at the class along with Mike and Beth.

I have had calls at comps but never 1st place. This year I received my first 1st place call. It was in Ribs at Shannon IL. I can not remember my score exacly but it was a 177 or 178. That is as close to a 180 as i have ever been.
So now you know that 1st places in chicken and ribs at Shannon came out of Scotties class. I know many others received calls at Shannon as well. Maybe they will post something.

Not sure about breakfast and lunch for 2011 but last year in was catered by Uncle Bubs and was great.(dont shoot me for this Scottie)

All in all this is a great class and I highly reccomend it.

Chris McCluskey
Bartlett Boneheads

Scottie 12-02-2010 04:28 PM

Wow... well Thanks for the kind words guys. Sure do make a guy blush. When going in to these things you always winder if knowledge will be gained. I am the happiest Guy at a contest when a graduate beats my ass... and it happens a lot!!! ;)

Yes Chris, Uncle Bubs will be catering the dinner and breakfast again.

The emails and PM's sure do humble a feller. I appreciate the interest and kind words.

I don't do this for any monetary gain, I do it for the love that I have for my wife and not wanting anyone else to have to go through the heartaches that my daughters and me have had to go through.

Cancer Sucks!

Just Pulin' Pork 12-02-2010 04:30 PM

Any idea how much it will cost for the class?

Rich Parker 12-02-2010 06:22 PM

I took the CSC class before the start of my rookie season. The material i learned there helped me get 4 top ten overalls out of 6 comps including a RGC. I didn't go to Shannon, so i didn't win any individual categories this year but got a couple of 2nds and multiple top tens.

I was so very proud to be apart of a class that raised $13k for the Corliss Johnson memorial fund.

trohrs123 12-02-2010 09:00 PM

Just wanted to let you know how much I learned from your class earlier this year. We had no RGC calls last year and this year we had 3!!! We also took 1st place Ribs and 3rd place brisket at the Safeway BBQ bash in Washington DC with... some pretty stiff you know, you were there!! We also took RGC at Wildwood NJ and won the Kingsford Challenge $1000.00 giant check. Highly recommend your class to those that want to step up their game.
Tim Rohrs
T'N'T Dynamite BBQ Team

Smokin Mike 12-03-2010 04:44 PM

Please keep us updated, I would love to go to your guy's class. I would be happy to donate extra just for the cancer fundraiser.

Thanks Scottie!

Q-Stream 12-03-2010 05:01 PM

Great Class
I took Scottie's class earlier this year and can't say enough good things about it. Even though I'm not currently competing, I was lined up to cook with a team at Rockin' Ribs and wanted to learn as much as I could about how to do things right.

I was not sure how well a CBJ would be received at a comp cooking class, but Scottie and Mike couldn't have been nicer. They covered just about everything from A to Z and answered everybody's questions completely (and patiently).

I learned more about trimming and prepping all the comp meats in this class than I had in all the youtube videos put together (more than I can count). I was glad I brought a big pad of paper with me, because I filled up way more pages of notes than I expected to.

The price for the class is well worth it, expecially considering how much of the cost goes to the foundation for cancer research. If any CBJ's or part time cooks want to vastly improve their own smoking skills, gain a greater appreciation for all the effort and skill that go into competing, and feel comfortable in the class, this is the one to go to.

The food was great, the information presented was fantastic, the class was a lot of fun, what more could you ask for?


ABS Pit Boss, BWS Patio, Hasty Bake, Master CBJ, Certified Table Captain

slowerlowerbbq 12-03-2010 10:14 PM

MIght just have to make the drive out for this one. And for such a great cause!

quarters69 12-04-2010 07:46 AM

Scottie, we plan on coming, when do you think your apps will be ready? What is your limit on people? Keith / EAT MOR BUTT BBQ :thumb:

swamprb 12-04-2010 12:12 PM

How far from Chicago is this? Do I PM you for the info, or is there a link?

Scottie 12-04-2010 01:09 PM

We're about 25 miles from downtown. About 20-25 minutes from both airports. Just waiting on one more confirmation and we're good to go. Got a nice hook up at the hotel we stayed last year, so there is a nice group rate for rooms and suites.

Thanks for the PM's and all the interest. Will have the application for folks this week. After my attorneys look at it... ;)

Scottie 12-06-2010 04:46 PM

Sorry for the delay on getting the applications out. I am just waiting on the Park District contract to come back. I'd hate to announce and then I don't have the hall. They promise me that I will have it by Wednesday the latest. Thanks everyone.


quarters69 12-06-2010 05:06 PM

Scottie, i sent u an email, check it out and get back with me, about bbq class, thanks keith

Scottie 12-10-2010 11:12 PM

The class is set for 2/5-2/6. This is a fundraiser for cancer research. Join special guest Mike Wozniak at the class. Applications are on the website.

Hope to see you there!


Smokin Mike 12-11-2010 10:13 PM

It's 504 miles to Chicago, we've got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark, and we're wearing sunglasses, and I really want to go to this!

indianagriller 12-11-2010 11:43 PM

im going to try and scrape together the cash for this... so close to the holidays, Scottie you take a payment plan lol.

trueque 12-12-2010 09:35 AM

Registration is on its way.

slowerlowerbbq 12-12-2010 03:36 PM

Payment and registration sent. Cant wait for this class!!

White Dog BBQ 12-12-2010 10:55 PM

I'll be there. Just booked the flight, reg form is out. Can't wait!

jbrink01 12-13-2010 08:11 AM

Payment going in today. I'll be there!

Scottie 12-13-2010 11:43 AM

Thanks to those that have signed up. Sure does make a cold weekend a little warmer... :thumb:

swamprb 12-13-2010 04:29 PM

Where is the link to the apps?

Scottie 12-13-2010 04:32 PM

Ken V 12-13-2010 06:03 PM

Cant wait!! Registration and money sent in Sat. and just made the hotel reservations.


crd26a 12-15-2010 07:41 AM

Payment sent via paypal this morning, will be sending in form soon. Can't wait!

Scottie 12-16-2010 09:31 AM

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The Corliss Johnson Memorial Foundation is proud to announce that we have had our best year of collecting funds in our 7 year history! This year we will be making donations of $40,000 for cancer research and to assist those that are fighting cancer. It sure does humble us that we have been able to last as long as we ...have and to continue to increase our amounts each year. To date, we have raised almost $200,000 dollars! Just stupid kind of numbers.

Thank you for all the support!

The Corliss Johnson Memorial Foundation and

Rich Parker 12-16-2010 09:55 AM

That is amazing. Thanks to you and your family for running the foundation.

---k--- 12-16-2010 04:48 PM

Hi Scott,

Impressive efforts. :thumb:

I don't have any interest in competing, but I am local and interested in learning. Do you think this would be a good class for someone just starting out, but not competing?


Rich Parker 12-16-2010 05:08 PM


Originally Posted by ---k--- (Post 1485796)
Hi Scott,

Impressive efforts. :thumb:

I don't have any interest in competing, but I am local and interested in learning. Do you think this would be a good class for someone just starting out, but not competing?



I attended last year and didn't have any interest competing either. I was so intrigued with competition BBQ after the class that i entered my first comp two months later. :becky::becky:

---k--- 12-16-2010 06:08 PM

You know, my wife would say that is a good reason NOT to take the class. :wink:

Scottie 12-17-2010 08:23 AM

Rich is being humble as well...

The first class we had backyarders,CBJ's and a former Chicago Bear. I had to stand on a parking stop so I felt more on his size... ;) honestly, these classes are what you want to get out of them. So would you have the opportunity to gain knowledge? My quick answer is yes.


---k--- 12-20-2010 11:46 AM

Payment and application just sent. I'm looking forward to it.

Scottie 12-20-2010 11:50 AM

got it Ryan.

See you there!

Rich Parker 12-20-2010 04:40 PM


Originally Posted by Scottie (Post 1486208)
Rich is being humble as well...

The first class we had backyarders,CBJ's and a former Chicago Bear. I had to stand on a parking stop so I felt more on his size... ;) honestly, these classes are what you want to get out of them. So would you have the opportunity to gain knowledge? My quick answer is yes.


You know i forgot about the former Chicago Bear. Have you heard from him or know if he is still cooking? He was a super nice guy.

Scottie 12-20-2010 04:41 PM

I still talk with Fred. He'll be competing in a year or so... Waiting for his kids to get a little older.

DMDon 12-21-2010 01:09 AM

Scottie, I will be sending mine in shortly. Is there anyone else from central Iowa attending? I would like to carpool over.

NRA4Life 12-21-2010 06:11 AM

Sent mine in last week. Looking forward to it.

pat 12-21-2010 07:51 AM


Originally Posted by DMDon (Post 1489703)
Scottie, I will be sending mine in shortly. Is there anyone else from central Iowa attending? I would like to carpool over.

Don I am going and will be carpooling with an "unnamed" brother so I would imagine we will have room for you if interested.

Scottie 12-21-2010 10:22 AM

There's a few signed up so far. Pat is on it sounds like.

DMDon 12-21-2010 01:11 PM

Yes, I am interested. Will I need to wear a blindfold or will the "unnamed" brother be in disguise to protect their indenty?


Originally Posted by pat (Post 1489808)
Don I am going and will be carpooling with an "unnamed" brother so I would imagine we will have room for you if interested.

pat 12-21-2010 01:20 PM

The blindfold will work but you'll have to leave it on during class ;)

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crd26a 01-04-2011 08:01 PM

Top for a good cause, also, anyone coming in "early" Friday night? I'll be flying in from Dallas from a client and if there's interest in dinner out, I'll make sure I make it in early enough. Anyone?

Scottie 01-05-2011 09:20 AM

Been some good response so far and seats are filling fast. Looks like it will be a sell out of seats. Quite a few Brethren will be coming as well. For those that have signed up, I'll be getting an email out to confirm the application was received.


trueque 01-05-2011 11:17 AM

How many seats constitutes a class? Just curious.

Scottie 01-05-2011 11:22 AM

I could get 75 in there, but won't do that. Currently, I am planning on 40 and that's what is filling up fast. ** I will say that I am holding some seats for some folks.

Scottie 01-06-2011 01:40 PM

So far we have cooks coming from Illinois, Delaware, Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, Virginia, Ohio, New York, Minnesota and Indiana. Oregon is on the list and so is Arkansas, just waiting for the mail on those one's... Just amazing folks...

White Dog BBQ 01-24-2011 09:15 PM

I knew this would happen.

I signed up for the class, and best flight coming home Sunday doesn't land until 7:15. Super Bowl kickoff is at 6:30. AND MY STEELERS ARE IN THE SUPER BOWL!!!

Scottie, all I'm going to say is your class better help me get a GC this year. :-)

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