Our main 5-hour classes suit a range of abilities - and because we work with small groups (our largest class size is 12) we have the flexibility to answer lots of questions for all levels of barbecue experience. That said, it’s worth bearing the following in mind:
- Grillmaster Barbecue Class - suitable barbecuers of all abilities, but especially relative novices, or people who wish to consolidate or fill gaps in their knowledge; we cover fuels, different types of barbecues and all the key techniques: direct grilling, indirect cooking, and smoking.
- Kamado Masterclass - suits barbecuers of all abilities; covers broadly similar techniques to the Foundation class, but with a specific focus on ceramic and Kamado-type barbecues (and with a completely different set of recipes).
- Low and Slow Class - suitable for all abilities, though people often progress to it having done the foundation class previously; this class focuses 100% on indirect cooking and smoking, particularly longer and slower cooking.
- Texas Barbecue Masterclass - assumes previous experience with indirect barbecue cooking; this class takes the techniques covered in the Low and Slow class and applies them to central Texan cuisine, including dishes which people often find a considerable challenge such as brisket.
Detailed directions can be found here.
Check the weather forecast and dress accordingly. We do have shelter from rain but are somewhat exposed to the elements - so warm clothes if the weather is inclement, hats/sunglasses if sunny. We provide recipes and notes for everything we cover in classes, but it can be useful to bring a pen to annotate them.
Our cancellation policy can be found here. In short, if you cancel at least a fortnight before your [group] class, you’ll get a full refund; if you cancel with less advance warning you’ll potentially get a partial refund, or no refund if you cancel with less than 7 days notice. We understand that problems with getting to a class can arise, so we do everything we can to fill spaces when we get cancellation - and if we can we will give you a full refund.
Private classes are a little bit different, so please check the details here.
We can accommodate most dietary requirements but we need advance written warning (we ask for this as part of our booking procedure). Realistically, if you are a vegetarian or vegan, you probably won’t enjoy our standard classes - but we would be delighted to arrange a private vegetarian/vegan class (we have done this previously to much meat-free delight).
Yes, you can find out all about them and buy them here.
One of our ace team of tutors. They are great at barbecue before they come to work for us, but they also undergo detailled teacher training to ensure that their communication and class structure is top notch, so you can be sure of a great (and enjoyable) learning experience.
Photographs and short videos are great, as long as they are not for commercial use. We especially like it when people share and tag us (@LondonBBQschool)! If you are taking photos please ensure that it doesn't interfere with the class's progress. Unfortuantely we can't let you film the whole class, or large parts of the class; we do provide detailled notes and recipes so this should not be necessary.
There is no parking right on out site, but there is parking available nearby. The pay and display car parks on Choumert Road and Copeland Road are both free at weekends, and there is on-street pay and display on the roads surrounding us.
Unfortunately children under the age of 16 are not allowed to take part in classes without our prior agreement. This is due to a licensing condition imposed on us by the local council. Young people aged 16 and 17 are allowed to take part in classes, provided they are accompanied by an adult participant.