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If there is one thing that Pork Barrel BBQ has learned about barbecue in our first three years competing on the professional competition barbecue circuit it is this – if you don’t want to stop winning you’d better not stop learning. If you’re on the East Coast you’ve got a golden opportunity this spring to learn from our friends, and two of the hottest teams in the country, TippyCanoe BBQ Crew and Big T’z Q Cru, when they bring their Corn Fed Cookin’ Class to the New Haven, Connecticut area on March 17-18.

We recommend this class for everyone no matter your skill level. If you’ve never cooked a barbecue competition, but are thinking about it this is a sure fire way to learn tips that will make your rookie team look like it’s filled with seasoned veterans. If you’ve been competiting for some time this class will help you take your game to the next level. We just hope you’re not cooking at the same contests we are!!

Your instructors for the Corn Fed Cookin’ Class are Joe Beland and Ryan Newstrom. Joe is the pitmaster for TippyCanoe BBQ Crew, and was crowned Grand Champion of the 2011 American Royal Invitational and was the Inaugural Sam’s Club National Championin 2011. Ryan is the pitmaster for Big T’z Q Cru, and two time Iowa State Champion. In just three years of competing these two have combined to win 20 Grand Championships and hundreds of category and overall top 10 awards.

The two-day class includes every detail that has helped Joe and Ryan become successful, including procurement, preparation, cooking, and presentation. Both will provide complete instructions regarding all four of their contest meats, while each will provide hands-on demonstrations of their best two categories – Joe will do pork and ribs, and Ryan will demonstrate chicken and brisket. You will see firsthand what each does at a contests from start to finish – if that doesn’t take your Que to the next level we’re not sure what will.

The class begins on Saturday afternoon and follows a competition timeline into Sunday, wrapping up with questions on Sunday afternoon. All meals and refreshments during the class will be provided. Full details on the class, including area accommodations, will be provided with the enrollment packet. The enrollment fee is $650 and spouses may attend for an additional $250 (the spouse fee does not extend to other family members or teammates).

If you’re ready to take your competition barbecue to the next level click here to get an application or visit TippyCanoe BBQ Crew or Big T’z Q Cru on the internet for an application. Once you’ve filled it out, or if you have questions send Joe and Ryan an email to to recieve payment details and reserve your spot or you can call (641) 220-4483. Get your application in today, space is limited and filling up quickly!