For anyone hungry for the secrets to great grilling, the next Alisal BBQ Bootcamp will be hosted at The Ranch this fall starting October 9th through October 11th. This is the first time we have hosted this event on a weekend so it’s more convenient than ever and guaranteed to be a taste adventure!
In the grand tradition of the Wild West, The Alisal has for decades treated grilling as a fine art, and with the help of our guest grill masters and our very own Chef Anthony Endy, we are mighty excited to help you take your grilling skills to the next level.
The BBQ Bootcamp morning sessions will cover all the aspects of BBQ, from the best way to start a fire to what to do with spice rubs; afternoons are free for horseback riding, golf or a visit to the spa; and evenings give you a chance to interact with local guest chefs and winemakers who will be on hand to create feasts designed to further fire-up your love of all things barbecue.
We have yet to publish the mouthwatering details for our October Bootcamp, but in the meantime, you can learn more about what happened in our amazing 2019 sessions!
Add to all the grilling, and ranch activities, some complimentary wine tastings at nearby wineries and tasteful BBQ Bootcamp mementos, and you have all the fixin’s for an unforgettable getaway. If you’re interested in participating, we suggest you sign up soon, because spaces will fill go faster than a happy pup’s tail.
October 9 – 11, 2020
(Friday – Sunday)
3 days, 2 nights
Studio, double occupancy — $2,720
Includes Tax and 20% Service Charge**. Limited availability. Suite accommodation available for extra charge.
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This Experience Includes:
- Studio accommodation for two nights, double occupancy (Friday – Sunday)
- Welcome amenity with Western-Style weekend accessories
- All meals including special dinners with local celebrity chefs, winemakers and brew masters
- Workshops on grilling methods and equipment, BBQ instruction, spice blending, and more
- Keepsake booklet for BBQ notes and recipes
- Breakfast ride to Historic Adobe by horse or hay wagon
- Suites available – two nights, double occupancy
- Prices inclusive of taxes and 20% service charge
- Limited availability. Adults only.
Limited availability. Adults only.
Chef Kelly Cahoon on BBQ Bootcamp
California-native and lover of all things BBQ, Chef Kelly Cahoon shares her thoughts on the experience of BBQ Bootcamp, and the inspiration she felt as a result of the informative classes, the world-class location, and beauty of everything at The Alisal.
BBQ Bootcamp 2020 Guest Instructors
In 2020, we’ll be kicking things up a notch with the addition of superstar chefs like Hugh Mangum. Paula Disbrowe, Valerie Gordon, and Bob Oswaks. The four visiting chefs will join the Ranch’s own Executive Chef, Anthony Endy, as they serve up grilled feasts and reveal the tips and tricks for creating legendary BBQ.
As way of introduction to this all-star team of “pit pros”, here is a little background on the featured chefs. First, First, there is “Firemaster” Hugh Mangum, owner of Mighty Quinn’s Barbeque, who splits his time between NYC and Los Angles, known well for his restaurant Mighty Quinn’s Barbeque which now boasts 15 locations around the world including Manhattan, Dubai, Manila, and Taiwan. Next, we offer you the best-selling, award-winning cookbook author, former restaurant manager, and Austin-based chef Paula Disbrowe. Paula recently penned the barbecue cookbook, “Thank You For Smoking”, which provides insight into the barbecue world, along with expert hints for grilling success. Next up, Valerie Gordon is one of Los Angeles’s top chocolatiers and the author of the cookbook Sweet (a James Beard Award Finalist). She will serve as the “Sweets” specialist at BBQ Bootcamp. Valerie will be demonstrating a host of sensational grilled desserts. Finally, we have chef Bob Oswaks, owner of Bob’s Well Bread Bakery in Los Alamos. He will share his bread-baking secrets to help you achieve superior loaves using the freshest ingreadients.
Featured Chef Hugh Mangum
Born to a father from Texas and a mother from the Bronx, Chef Hugh Mangum grew up among the diverse food culture of Los Angeles, but always found the best barbeque in his backyard, prepared by his father. Although he grew up to tour as a professional musician—drumming for bands including Maypole and Enemy—he eventually enrolled at the French Culinary Institute in New York, honoring an inheritance he received after the passing of his father, a worldly Texan with an insatiable taste for all things culinary. “My father had a lust for life,” he says. “I wanted to continue that tradition as we shared it—through food.”
In 2011, at the encouragement of his cousin-in-law Adam and wife, Laura, Mangum introduced his slow-smoked creations to Brooklyn’s Smorgasburg food market as Mighty Quinn’s Barbeque. Achieving the longest lines at the market, Mangum recognized Mighty Quinn’s appeal, and opened the brand’s flagship eatery in Manhattan’s East Village in 2012. Mighty Quinn’s now has 15 locations globally, including Dubai, Manila, and Taiwan.
In addition to his barbeque prowess, many know Mangum from his appearances on “Cook Like an Iron Chef” with Michael Symon, “Unique Eats,” and “Beat Bobby Flay.” He also is a “Chopped” champion and appeared in the critically acclaimed movie, “Julie & Julia.” Mangum was tapped by the Food Network to be a “Firemaster” in the network’s new series by the same name, which premieres on Food Network Canada this spring.
Featured Chef Paula Disbrowe
James Beard award-winning cookbook author, former restaurant manager, and Austin-based chef Paula Disbrowe joins the star-studded lineup of guest chefs at Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort’s May 2019 BBQ Bootcamp. Paula recently penned barbecue cookbook, “Thank You For Smoking”, which provides insight into the barbecue world, along with expert tips and tricks of the trade.
A true barbeque aficionado, Disbrowe’s culinary writing has appeared in The New York Times, Bon Appetit, Coastal Living, Food & Wine, Southern Living, The Local Palate, and Delta Sky, among other national publications, and she previously served as the food editor of Restaurant Business Magazine. Her seven cookbooks have been featured on the New York Times Best Sellers list and was awarded both the James Beard Award for Best American Cookbook and the International Association of Culinary Professionals Award for Best American Cookbook.
She has also served as the General Manager of Northern California’s Feather Down Farm Days, a glamping experience that introduces the European-based farm stay concept to the U.S. market.
Featured Chef Valerie Gordon
Valerie Gordon is a celebrated chocolatier who has been recognized in Food & Wine, Bon Appétit, The Wall Street Journal, and Saveur, served as a guest judge on BRAVO’s “Top Chef: Just Desserts” and FYI’s “Man vs. Child,” and appeared numerous times on The Food Network and The Cooking Channel. She co-founded Valerie Confections in 2004 with her life and business partner Stan Weightman, Jr. as a tiny, family-run business with just six flavors of chocolate-dipped toffee. Now a top chocolatier in the country, her business has grown exponentially with a full line of chocolates, petits fours, handmade preserves, cakes, pies, and pastries—all incorporating the very best ingredients and offering a delicious spin on the unexpected. In addition to her flagship shop in Los Angeles’ Silver Lake neighborhood, she also celebrates her savory side with contemporary Californian, French-inspired breakfast and lunch fare at her two cafes and bakeries in Echo Park and downtown’s Grand Central Market. She wrote and styled her first cookbook, Sweet (Artisan Publishing, 2013), which was a James Beard finalist.
Featured Chef Bob Oswaks
Bob’s passion for food and wine was always a component of the industry business meetings and entertaining of his former career as a television executive, so he built a wood-fired oven in his backyard. He discovered bread making. His good friend Clark Staub, owner of Full of Life Flatbread in Los Alamos, gave Bob a copy of the famed Tartine Bakery cookbook and some of his ”starter” and encouraged him to explore the world of bread. Bob began experimenting, challenging himself to bake the perfect loaf. He knew from his past profession, success requires ritualistic dedication. Baking daily, Bob’s bread got better and better, and he came to the realization that he “liked making bread more than he liked wearing a suit and shaving every day.”
Bob found the ideal location for a bakery/café in the east entrance of Los Alamos at 550 Bell Street, and over the course of five months, he refurbished and modernized the vintage service station, turning it into a state-of-the-art bread shop. “We wanted it to be very natural and organic,” Oswaks said. “So, you’ve got steel and stone, wood, simple tile and classic lighting.” While sanding the painted floors, they discovered old growth Douglas fir, now beautifully restored and part of the interior design of Bob’s Well Bread Bakery.
Since its inception, locals, travelers and journalists alike have embraced Bob’s Well Bread Bakery artisan breads and bakery. The bakery has become a successful family business and integral part of the growing Los Alamos community. Bob is committed to products that are hand-made with only the finest ingredients and natural starters. No added preservatives will be found in any baked items, and he strives to source ingredients locally using farmers and growers who practice the purest growing initiatives.
Photos from Previous Sessions