For anyone hungry for the secrets to great grilling, the next Alisal BBQ Bootcamp will be hosted at The Ranch this spring starting April 30th through May 2nd. This will be our biggest BBQ Bootcamp event ever! So big, that the entire Ranch will be reserved only for BBQ Bootcamp guests. This festive event will be part of our historic 75-Year Anniversary celebration. This is a great opportunity to treat yourself to a luxury getaway, learn from top chefs, and enjoy amazing food.
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 BBQ Bootcamp 2021 Guest Instructors 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 sessions will cover all the aspects of BBQ, from the best way to start a fire, to what to do with spice rubs. 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. Kelly Cahoon, Chef of Salt & Copper, shares her love and inspiration from attending BBQ Bootcamp.
With a weekend full of grilling, ranch activities, complimentary wine tastings at nearby wineries and tasteful BBQ Bootcamp mementos, you have all the fixin’s for an unforgettable vacation. If you’re interested in participating, we suggest you sign up soon, because spaces will fill go faster than a happy pup’s tail.
APRIL 30 – MAY 2, 2021
(Friday – Sunday)
3 days, 2 nights
STUDIO, DOUBLE OCCUPANCY – PRICE STARTING AT $1,095
Excludes 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
- An impressive selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages consumed at our bars & restaurants
- 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 hay wagon
- Suites available – two nights, double occupancy
- Prices exclude taxes and 20% service charge
Limited availability. Adults only.
BBQ Bootcamp 2021 Guest Instructors
In 2021, we’ll be kicking things up a notch with the addition of superstar chefs like including Andy Husbands, Burt Bakman, Paula Disbrowe, and Valerie Gordon. 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.
FEATURED CHEF ANDY HUSBANDS
Andy Husbands is the award-winning chef, author and Pit Master behind The Smoke Shop, Boston’s acclaimed barbecue restaurants. A long-time passion project for Husbands, The Smoke Shop is a culmination of his early years as a chef and nearly two decades on the competitive barbecue circuit, showcasing his modern approach to slow-cooked, competition-style barbecue, dubbed by Husbands as “City Q”. Husbands is also the co-author of six coveted cookbooks, including The Smoke Shop’s Back Yard BBQ: How to Eat, Drink, and Party like a Pitmaster.
FEATURED CHEF BURT BAKMAN
In 2016, Burt Bakman disrupted the Los Angeles culinary scene with Trudy’s Underground Barbecue, the Texas-style BBQ joint running out of his Studio City backyard. Bakman built a reputation from his skill at the smoker and an obsessive Instagram following among LA’s foodies. From backyard to brick-and-mortar, Bakman and the h.wood Group opened SLAB in 2015, which is dedicated to the best quality brisket and ribs but also faithful to the elbow-rubbing charm of Bakman’s backyard barbecue. Bakman brings his show-stopping specialties SLAB, providing his cult following with a go-to spot every day of the week, all while pioneering the future of BBQ in LA.
FEATURED CHEF PAULA DISBROWE
Chef, James Beard award-winning cookbook author, former restaurant manager, and Austin-based chef are just a few ways to describe Paula Disbrowe. Paula’s barbecue cookbook, “Thank You For Smoking”, provides insight into the barbecue world, along with expert tips and tricks of the trade. 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.
FEATURED CHEF VALERIE GORDON
Valerie Gordon’s business acumen and warm, entertaining charm lend themselves to her extensive brand, including the flagship retail boutique Valerie Confections in South Silverlake, and a café and bakery showcasing her savory prowess in Echo Park. The celebrated Los Angeles chocolatier — and James Beard Finalist cookbook author — embraces a philosophy of telling compelling stories through flavor by ensuring every dish remains approachable, with nuanced interpretation. Her versatile culinary knack includes handmade chocolates, preserves, historic California cakes, savory delights, and a new frontier involving nationally praised grilled desserts.
PHOTOS FROM PAST BOOTCAMPS
Photography Credit: Sara Range