Houston, TX

Class Description and Current Houston, TX Area Schedule 

Welcome to Backyard Pitmasters, the nation’s leading BBQ Pitmaster classes.  Our BBQ classes are developed especially with the backyard cook in mind, yet with the most refined and informative expert content, you’ll find anywhere.  Watch up close as we demonstrate the best tips and tricks to smoke and grill the perfect BBQ right in your own backyard.

Every 3-hour class covers the essentials like what to look for when purchasing your protein, fire management and pit temperatures, trimming and prep, rub mixes, injections and brining, wood smoke profiles, meat temperatures, timing, slicing, and serving. For your convenience, we have multiple class times on Saturday and Sunday and you can even buy beer from our host brewery.  

Best of all, you bring nothing but your appetite for learning.  We provide a pitside notebook, pencil, and our famous Fat is Flavor pit rag.  Check out the class description you want next below. We look forward to meeting you and sharing the joys of creating your own backyard BBQ.

Select your most convenient class time from the schedule below.  Remember to check back routinely, as we will be adding specialty BBQ classes once they are finalized. To view a complete list of classes for all cities please use this link

Current Class Schedule: Houston, TX

Event Details Location Time
June 11th: RibsU @ Braman Winery and Brewery (Running Walker) Richmond, TX
  • 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
June 24th, 2023: BrisketU @ Klaus Brewing Houston, TX
  • 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
June 25th 2023: BrisketU @ Southern Star Brewing Conroe, TX
  • 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
July 1st 2023: BrisketU @ Fortress Beerworks Spring, TX
  • 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
July 22nd 2023: BrisketU @ Spindletap Brewery Houston, TX
  • 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
July 29th 2023: BrisketU @ Saloon Door Brewing Webster, TX
  • 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
August 12th 2023 RibsU @ Blackwater Draw Brewing Co. Bryan, TX
  • 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Check back often as we are posting new class dates and new locations regularly for the Houston area. Remember, we do private events also!

BrisketU. What’s the point?
Timing: Year-round 

Great question. And one of many that will be answered in our nationally-famous BrisketU class.  We will show you what to watch for, how to push a brisket through the “stall”, when to wrap (or not), and how to know when your brisket is cooked to perfection. In 3 short hours, you’ll be a Certified Backyard Pitmaster

RibsU. Bad to the Bone.
Timing: Year-round 

Our famous RibsU class educates and entertains as you learn the ins and outs of how to smoke the perfect southern-style ribs right in your own backyard. We will introduce you to 6 types of ribs: beef plate short ribs, beef chuck ribs, beef back ribs, St.Louis Style pork ribs, pork baby back ribs, and lamb ribs. After showing you how to butcher a rack of spareribs into the popular St. Louis style, we will explain the methods for perfect ribs, and when to use a candy, dry rub, or sauce.  Lastly, we will show you how to slice and serve each different type of rib!  Time to become a full-fledged Certified Backyard Rib Pitmaster. 

ChickensU. Another feather in your BBQ cap.
Timing: Year-round on occasion

Built on a foundation of years of knowledge, our ChickensU class imparts the wisdom you need to smoke, grill, and even rotisserie a chicken like a pro, but in the comfort of your own backyard. In addition to 411 on chicken: anatomy, types, and selection, we go over the pros and cons of injection and brining, how to spatchcock a chicken, the 8-piece breakdown, and trussing.  Once each chicken is crispy and cooked, we will show you how to slice and carve it, earning you the coveted Certified Backyard Chicken/Pitmaster designation.

SeafoodU. Scale up your seafood game.
Timing: Spring and Fall

In this specialty class, you’ll learn all about the three main types of seafood.  We will cover the finer points of hot and cold smoking, to cure or not to cure your salmon, and then share our secret of the whole fish 5-step system (the perfect way to grill a whole fish) while we hang some red snappers on the Kudu grill.  We also tackle shellfish–oysters and lobster. You will learn how to properly shuck oysters and char-grill them to perfection with our Graduate rub compound butter—and then throw some lobster tails on the grill and teach you how to make a Texas-style lobster roll. Yes, you get to eat it all.  You will be captain of any get-together and a Certified Backyard Seafood Pitmaster!

TurkeyU. Okay pilgrim, it’s not just for Thanksgiving anymore.
Timing:  October through November 

Our team at BrisketU has carefully crafted the best class for teaching you how to properly and safely smoke and deep-fry whole turkeys in our extremely popular 3-hour class.  To start, we will walk you through pits and fryers, the right tools and equipment for smoking or frying, and how to select the right bird.  Smoking a turkey takes time, but using our method, we can guarantee a flavorsome fowl by discussing injections and proper seasoning.  Next comes frying.  We will show you how to season the oil and safely fry your bird to crispy perfection. You’ll be a proven Certified Backyard Turkey Pitmaster and Frymaster. 

Things you need to know about the class:

  • Enjoy the class from $89.
  • We have everything you need, including notepaper and pencils
  • In most cases, you will have the option to sample the end product(s), but not take it home.
  • All ticket sales are final and are valid for the specified time and date only.
  • Your ticket cannot be refunded or exchanged for future class dates
  • In the rare event of a cancellation by Backyard Pitmasters, get your money back 100%
  • We reserve the right to make any changes to class dates, times, or locations due to uncontrollable circumstances
  • Your presence at a class constitutes your consent to be photographed or videotaped for the promotional use of Backyard Pitmasters.
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