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BBQ Bootcamp

BBQ Bootcamp:
World BBQ

October 15-17, 2023

5 incredible guest chefs, 2 nights at Alisal Ranch, & 1 unforgettable trip.

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. Learn from the best and enjoy international feasts everyday.

Top local wineries and breweries will be poured each day, we will have spice blending classes, a haywagon ride up to a breakfast demo, live music, and so much more. Spend your free time fishing at the lake, relaxing poolside, or on our private hiking trail. A la carte activities are available like horseback, golfing on one of our two courses, spa treatments and more…

BBQ Bootcamp is a great way to treat yourself to a luxury vacation, eat amazing food, and learn from the best in BBQ. This package is a great way for foodies to experience a classic California ranch. Nightly rates include accommodations, breakfast, dinner, drinks, cooking demos, event swag bag, and more.

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

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

2023 BBQ Bootcamp

Around the World BBQ Guest Instructors

We’ll have some returning guest favorites and new superstar chefs grilling up your 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.

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Andy Husbands
Chef, Restaurateur, Author and TV Personality
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Chef Debbie Lee
Chef Govind Armstrong
Chef Govind Armstrong
Chef- BBQ Bootcamp
Head shot of Chef Sandra Cordero
Chef Sandra Cordero
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Elizabeth Poett
Rancher & Chef

BBQ Bootcamp Itinerary

Day 1 – Sunday
4 pm

Check-in at the Ranch, with a welcome drinks

4:30 pm

Kick-start the trip with a Happy Hour featuring tapa from Sandra Cordero of Gasolina

5:30 pm

Debbie Lee leads a Korean BBQ Demo

6:30 pm

Dinner featuring menu items from Debbie Lee

Day 2 – Monday
7 – 10 am

Breakfast at leisure in the Ranch Room featuring a DIY Bloody Mary Bar

9 and 10 am

Create and take home your own spice rub from the Spice Blending Class led by the Solvang Spice Merchants

11 am

Andy Husbands Mid-Western BBQ demo at the picturesque Alisal Lake

12 pm

Enjoy lunch lakeside featuring Andy Husbands menu items. Then try your shot at our new Axe Throwing facility!

2 – 5 pm

Free time!

5:30 pm

Govind Armstrong Jamaican BBQ Demo

6:30 pm

Enjoy dinner featuring Govind Armstrong’s Jamaican cuisine

Day 3 – Tuesday
7:30 – 11 am

Breakfast Horseback ride to the adobe for Elizabeth Poett’s demo and breakfast.

Don’t worry, if you want to sleep in, you can take the 8:45 haywagon up instead of horseback!

12 pm

Sadly, it’s check-out time. We hope to see you again soon!


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.

Photos from Past Bootcamps

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The spirit of adventure.

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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