I just attended the last class of the year, November 10th, 2018. From the time I stepped foot at their facility I knew I had made the right choice in coming. I was cheerfully greeted by everyone and made to feel welcome. Then directed to the coffee pot and a hot breakfast.
When we started all 28 of use were welcomed by the entire staff , and we started right off with learning all these guys had to offer. The entire day was non-stop, but it was more than just a class - it was more like 28 guys and women were invited over to cook BBQ. Each instructor was very complete and has a great amount of expertise. You could tell these guys were not only good pit masters but were friends as well. All questions were answered and everyone got to participate with the preparing of all meats. There was story telling (not bragging) and humor thrown in throughout the day. The best part was the food itself, all we cooked , we ate and it was some of the best BBQ I’ve ever had....Would I go back? Hell yes....probably will, and take a few friends with me....I’ve been to 3 other schools and this one was the best by far....I highly recommend it !
— Bob G. from Sarasota, FL. (Nov. 2018)
What an awesome experience! Pete, Rick and Dave made this class such an enjoyable time! The One-on-one, hands-on instruction is second to none! All instructors are as humble and down to earth as they come, while backing up everything they teach! We can’t wait to apply everything we’ve learned and make some awesome BBQ for our family and friends!
— Mikey J. from S. Carolina (Nov. 2018)
Fun. Informative. Delicious. I attended this experience (it’s much more of an experience than a class) with my cousin and can’t express enough how much we enjoyed it. The instructors, who are competition winners, are engaging and incredibly well-informed. I was surprised at how they were able to break down a process that seems very complex into simple steps with an undeniably excellent finished product. By the way, you eat what you prepare under the direction of the instructors. The tips they offer throughout the course can’t be found elsewhere. This is a great experience for newcomers to BBQ (such as myself) to even the more experienced folks (there were competition folks in the class room who also thoroughly enjoyed the experience). Don’t bother looking anywhere else - you will be amazed at what you learn and the enjoyment you’ll get.
— Andrew W. from Toronto, ON (Sept, 2018)
We had an amazing time, learned a ton about BBQ, made friends and had a lot of fun doing it. It was extremely informative, the chefs were great and imparted those little tips and tricks that only come with years of experience and aren’t in any book. Plenty of one on one teaching as well. Highly Recommend taking the course!!!
— Torry S. from Atlanta (Sept. 2018)
I went here in 2016 and had an overall wonderful experience. First of all, these guys clearly are doing it more for the love of BBQ than to make any money because its an amazing value given all of the food you’ll make and the education you’ll receive. The class is only a day but you will likely learn more in 10 hours or so there than you would by reading a dozen books. The class is structured really well with lecture time and food prep/smoker time broken appropriately to keep it interesting. The location works well with separate areas for class, food prep and the smokers in the back. Another great thing about this class is that it really is a BBQ class and while they provide their own recipes which are very good, they really focus on proper techniques and not fancy recipes that require some exotic ingredients you’ll struggle to find. They also have a ton of good advice which they’re happy to share with everyone. Overall I’d highly recommend this class to anybody that’s either new to BBQ or is looking to improve their skill level with it, there’s no question you’ll learn a lot in ‘Que University.
— John B. (Dec., 2018)
I just wanted to follow up and say what a great time Spencer and I had on Saturday. It was a great father and son trip and we really learned a lot. It was great having the hands on experience and the other attendees were really nice people to meet and share the class with. This is a must for beginners and enthusiasts alike!! I’d be glad to give any of a recommendation to anyone interested in attending the Que!! Keep in mind we came from Massachusetts specifically for this class so even with all the added costs of travel and lodging, it was totally worth it (plus you can’t put a price on the father/son experience).
— Robert C. from North Andover, MA
Southern Thunder BBQ school was the best BBQ class/training I have attended. What makes this experience so much better is it is all hands on, first hand experience and it includes every aspect of BBQ cooking, making your own sauce, rub, injections, wood choice, type of grills/smokers, which tools to use and the list goes on and on. I recommend bringing 3-4 buddies w/you and don’t forget your cold libations (bring your own cooler w/fav beers, cocktails). Prepare to learn.
— Tom T. from Smyrna, GA
Hope you are doing well. Just writing with a testimonial for the folks at Southern Thunder/Que University. Be sure to share with Rick and the rest of the crew.
I went to a party at a friend’s house on Saturday. My friend is a big BBQ guy, and he competes in the amateur division at some local BBQ competitions. He was smoking a pork butt, and I offered to bring some BBQ chicken as my contribution to the spread. I smoked the chicken Spatchcock style on my Big Green Egg, using the recipes and methods I learned at Que University. It was a HUGE hit. My BBQ cooking friend was hitting me up for tips on how I prepared it. The guests loved it. The best was when I heard a guest whom I had never met go up to the host and ask for the name of the restaurant where he got the chicken, because she HAD to go there with her husband. It was extremely cool to hear the host point me out as the cook.
My friends have already volunteered me to cook BBQ for upcoming neighborhood socials. If you get an influx of new students from my neighborhood, you’ll know why.
It was very cool to be able to cook something that everybody enjoyed, and I am glad to have been able to put the skills I learned at Que University to good use. Keep up the good work.
— Austin G. from Marietta, GA
The manual has pictures and very detailed steps. I needed that. I took that what I learned and made FANTASTIC ribs the very first time because I learned what I was looking for at the store, how to prep the ribs and smoke them and how to finish them. Slap my momma they were so good..
— Terry W. from Marietta, GA
This was such a good class, the guys really know their stuff. The hands-on application of trimming, injecting, and rubbing the different types of meats during the class helps your comfort level when you go home and try it on your own. With the knowledge gained from this class, you’re sure to serve up some good ‘que to your friends and family!
— Michael D. from Atlanta, GA
Very knowledgeable instructors. I enjoyed hearing all the anecdotes and stories and tidbits of experience. The food was exceptional! I liked that we learned and talked about many different cuts and type of meat. Clearly, it was a lot of work, but it made the learning experience excellent! I can’t wait to start experimenting with all the new knowledge. Enjoyed myself tremendously and it was worth every penny. Can’t wait to see you in a competition.
— Jessica C. from Baltimore, MD