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BBQ Bootcamp

BBQ Bootcamp:
World BBQ

October 15-17, 2023

Here at Alisal Ranch we pride ourselves in our Western hospitality which includes some of the best BBQ in the West. This Fall, we will be welcoming top BBQ chefs from around the world. Learn from the best and enjoy international feasts everyday.

October 15-17, we will be bringing some of the world’s top chefs and grill masters to Alisal Ranch where they will prepare indulgent grilled feasts and share their barbecue secrets during exclusive demonstrations.

Top local wineries and breweries will be poured each day, we will have spice blending classes, a horseback ride up to a breakfast demo, and so much more. Spend your free time fishing at the lake, golfing on one of our two courses, or enjoying a relaxing spa treatment. Go ahead, after all of that grilling – you earned it!

BBQ Bootcamp is a great way to treat yourself to a luxury vacation, eat amazing food, and learn from the best in BBQ.

This Experience Includes:

  • Accommodations for 2-nights, (Sunday – Tuesday)
  • All meals including special dinners with local celebrity chefs, winemakers and brew masters
  • A selection of alcoholic & non-alcoholic beverages at our bars & restaurants
  • Demonstrations on grilling methods & equipment, BBQ instruction, spice blending, and more
  • Special event keepsakes
  • Breakfast ride to Historic Adobe by hay wagon

Limited availability. Adults only. Plus tax and service charges.

Book Early & Save

The early bird catches the worm—or should we say BBQ—by booking early.

Save your spot for BBQ Bootcamp and save big for a limited time only.

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(800) 425-4725

Chef Valerie Gordon

Meet Our BBQ Bootcamp Emcee

Valerie Gordon’s business acumen and warm, entertaining charm lend themselves to her extensive brand, including the flagship retail boutique Valerie Confections in HiFi, and a café and bakery showcasing her savory prowess in Echo Park. The celebrated Los Angeles chocolatier—and James Beard Finalist cookbook author for 2013’s Sweet—embraces a philosophy of telling compelling stories through flavor by ensuring every dish remains approachable, with nuanced interpretation. Gordon founded the confectionary in 2004 with her partner Stan Weightman Jr., and eventually guided Valerie Confections to become one of the nation’s most highly acclaimed boutique chocolatiers. Gaining recognition from national media outlets, TV networks, marquee food festivals, Gordon continues to push the boundary of her artisanal confections by collaborating with innovators in fields spanning fashion, design, and sustainability. Her versatile culinary knack includes handmade chocolates, preserves, historic California cakes, savory delights, and a new frontier involving nationally praised grilled desserts. An active community member, Gordon participates in organizations and events including L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade, Planned the Parenthood Los Angeles Food Fare, No Kid Hungry, and others.

2023 BBQ Bootcamp

Around the World BBQ Guest Instructors

In 2023, we’ll have guest favorites and new superstar chefs grilling up some BBQ favorites. The visiting chefs will join Alisal Ranch’s culinary team as they serve up grilled feasts and reveal the tips and tricks for creating legendary BBQ. Stay tuned for the full lineup of guest chefs!

Andy Husbands
Chef, Restaurateur, Author and TV Personality
Chef Craig Riker
Chef Craig Riker
Director of Culinary Operations

Executive Chef Craig Riker oversees every aspect of the culinary offerings at Alisal Ranch.

Riker started his career as a sous chef at Santa Monica’s Michelin-starred Rustic Canyo…

Chef Govind Armstrong
Chef Govind Armstrong
Chef- BBQ Bootcamp: From the Vine

Govind Armstrong has emerged as one of the nation’s brightest culinary stars—a chef who continually cultivates his deeply rooted, passionate commitment to sustainability…

Chef Sandra Cordero

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At Alisal Ranch, we believe that true hospitality comes straight from the heart— and want you to feel a warm welcome throughout your stay. Our serene Western-style accommodations offer casual and comfortable luxury, designed to help you unwind and relax.

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