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BBQ School

BBQ School

The BBQ Cooking School

4.7 (64)
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BBQ Cooking Classes, Corporate Events & Catering. Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and the Hunter Valley.

BBQ School was founded in 2004 by internationally trained chef and passionate foodie Ben Farley who identified that while many Aussies were really into cooking on the BBQ, most only had one or two recipes they knew how to cook really well.

Showing keen BBQ’ers how to prepare and confidently cook a collection of simple, effective and tasty recipes was the best way forward and so in 2004 Ben turned his back on a career in Sydney and London high profile restaurants and founded BBQ School.

In our classes, we assume no knowledge but have found that the more a student knows about BBQ cooking, the more they learn from our experienced chef presenters.

To date around 90,000 people have been taught through the BBQ School.

Our head office is in Willoughby, Sydney but we also operate regular classes in Sydney's Centennial Park, Melbourne, Brisbane and the Hunter Valley and each year the School continues to grow in response to people who wish to cook with more flair when entertaining.






Classes


American Smoking BBQ Class: Centennial Park

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Centennial Park

1 to 30

label $145

4.5 (14)

American Smoking BBQ Cooking Class (Marrickville)

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Marrickville

1 to 30

label $145

5.0 (1)

Seafood BBQ Cooking Class (Centennial Park)

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Centennial Park

1 to 30

label $130

5.0 (5)

BBQ and Beer Cooking Class (Centennial Park)

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Centennial Park

1 to 30

label $145

5.0 (1)

Beer and Smoke BBQ Cooking Class: Centennial Park

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Centennial Park

1 to 30

label $145

4.7 (3)

Beer and BBQ Cooking Class (Marrickville)

date_range 16 Oct, 27 Nov

location_on Marrickville

1 to 30

label $145

South American BBQ Class (Centennial Park)

date_range Sun 24 Oct, 11am

location_on Centennial Park

1 to 24

label $130

4.7 (3)

Beer and Smoke BBQ Cooking Class: Marrickville

date_range 30 Oct, 4 Dec

location_on Marrickville

1 to 30

label $145

5.0 (2)

Meat BBQ Cooking Class (Marrickville)

date_range Sat 30 Oct, 11am

location_on Marrickville

1 to 30

label $130

5.0 (1)

South American BBQ Cooking Class (Marrickville)

date_range Sat 13 Nov, 11am

location_on Marrickville

1 to 20

label $130

5.0 (1)

Meat BBQ Cooking Class (Centennial Park)

date_range 17 Oct, 28 Nov

location_on Centennial Park

1 to 30

label $130

Seafood BBQ Cooking Class (Marrickville)

date_range Sat 13 Nov, 3pm

location_on Marrickville

1 to 30

label $130

Middle Eastern BBQ Cooking Class (Centennial Park)

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Centennial Park

20

label $130

Christmas BBQ Cooking Class (Centennial Park)

date_range Sat 18 Dec, 11am

location_on Centennial Park

1 to 20

label $145

BBQ Christmas Cooking Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Centennial Park

20 to 24

label $130

American Smoking BBQ Cooking Class

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Pokolbin

1 to 30

label $145

5.0 (2)

Meat BBQ Cooking Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Pokolbin

20 to 30

label $130

Seafood BBQ Cooking Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Pokolbin

20 to 30

label $130

Beer and BBQ Cooking Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Pokolbin

20 to 30

label $145

Beer and Smoking Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Pokolbin

20 to 30

label $145

South American BBQ Cooking Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Pokolbin

20 to 30

label $130

Beer and BBQ Cooking Class

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Fitzroy North

1 to 20

label $145

5.0 (1)

Seafood BBQ Cooking Class

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Fitzroy North

1 to 20

label $130

South American BBQ Cooking Class

date_range 9 Oct, 27 Nov

location_on Fitzroy North

1 to 20

label $130

Beer and Smoke BBQ Cooking Class

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Fitzroy North

1 to 20

label $145

Meat BBQ Cooking Class

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Fitzroy North

1 to 20

label $130

American Smoking BBQ Cooking Class

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Fitzroy North

1 to 20

label $145

BBQ Tapas Cooking Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Fitzroy North

20

label $130

BBQ Cooking Class for Corporate Teams

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Fitzroy North / Mobile

20 to 80

label $120

Masterchef BBQ Challenge for Corporate Teams

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Fitzroy North / Mobile

20 to 80

label $130

Corporate Olympics BBQ Cooking Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Fitzroy North / Mobile

20 to 100

label $145

American Smoking BBQ Cooking Class

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Narrabundah

1 to 30

label $145

5.0 (8)

Meat BBQ Cooking Class

date_range 9 Oct, 30 Oct

location_on Narrabundah

1 to 30

label $130

Beer and BBQ Cooking Class

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Narrabundah

1 to 25

label $145

5.0 (1)

Seafood BBQ Cooking Class

date_range Sat 27 Nov, 10:30am

location_on Narrabundah

1 to 25

label $145

Christmas BBQ Cooking Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Narrabundah

20 to 25

label $130

American Smoking BBQ Cooking Class

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Woolloongabba

1 to 20

label $145

4.7 (10)

Beer and BBQ Cooking Class

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Woolloongabba

1 to 20

label $145

5.0 (3)

Beer and Smoke BBQ Cooking Class

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Woolloongabba

1 to 20

label $145

Meat BBQ Cooking Class

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Woolloongabba

1 to 20

label $130

5.0 (1)

South American BBQ Cooking Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Woolloongabba

20

label $130

BBQ Cooking Class for Corporate Teams

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Woolloongabba / Mobile

20 to 80

label $120

Masterchef BBQ Challenge for Corporate Teams

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Woolloongabba / Mobile

20 to 100

label $130

Corporate Olympics BBQ Cooking Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Woolloongabba / Mobile

20 to 80

label $145

Seafood BBQ Cooking Class

date_range 13 Nov, 11 Dec

location_on Woolloongabba

1 to 20

label $130

Learn to Cook the Perfect Steak

date_range Runs regularly

videocam

LIVE STREAMING

1 to 30

label $65 - $100

5.0 (2)

Learn the Principles of BBQ Smoking

date_range Runs regularly

videocam

LIVE STREAMING

1 to 30

label $65 - $100

Learn to Cook the Perfect BBQ Seafood

date_range Runs regularly

videocam

LIVE STREAMING

1 to 30

label $65 - $100

BBQ Meat Dinner Party at Home

date_range 15 Oct, 12 Nov

videocam

LIVE STREAMING

1 to 30

label $65 - $100

The Ultimate Bloody Mary BBQ Breakfast

date_range Your choice of time

videocam

LIVE STREAMING

10 to 30

label $65 - $100




Reviews

(64)



Kirk Wilson Sep 2021

American Smoking BBQ Cooking Class



Great value, Has put the fire back into my Low & Slow cooking. Plenty of questions that were asked and Shane answered all. Good time, good laughs and great group. Will book into another course or two.


Paul Trace Sep 2021

American Smoking BBQ Cooking Class



Great course. Relaxed and fun environment. Would be awesome to do for a group function

Cooking workshop review by Paul Trace

Jonathan Yin Sep 2021

4 ClassBento workshops attended

American Smoking BBQ Cooking Class



best cooking class. nice food and a great, profressional teacher. would want to attend again


Andrew Dickson Sep 2021

Beer and BBQ Cooking Class



Shano was fantastic as he simplified everything and made it enjoyable. His staff were on cue as well, very polite and efficient service.


Liz Boge Sep 2021

Beer and BBQ Cooking Class



my husband and son did this together for fathers day- they both thought it was fantastic!


Wan Choong Sep 2021

Learn to Cook the Perfect Steak



Excellent instructions sprinkled with gems of cooking tips from start to end delivered by Chef Ben Farley!


Steven Tavani Jul 2021

American Smoking BBQ Class: Centennial Park



I have no idea why you are asking me to review a class I didn't attend because of Lockdown.


Ruby Jehu Jul 2021

Learn to Cook the Perfect Steak



This was a really enjoyable and relaxed learning class! Ben was a great teacher! I learnt so much about cooking steak, the perfect mash potato and how to make an amazing red wine jus. I will definitely be cooking these recipes again. Highly recommend!

Cooking workshop review by Ruby Jehu

Amanda Phillpotts Jul 2021

Beer and BBQ Cooking Class



Shane was funny, willing to share his experience to all. Great produce , excellent afternoon . Enjoyed by all of us.


Christine Bates Jul 2021

American Smoking BBQ Cooking Class



The course was great and had a lot of fun. Food was great and the instructions were easy to follow. Received the receipe book via email which was helpful. The class was mainly held outside and being in Canberra it was freezing so made it a little bit uncomfortable.


Wayland Howard Jun 2021

South American BBQ Cooking Class (Marrickville)



I thought this class was really good value for money. We learnt some great tips and ate some delicious food. We found both teachers to be very professional and clearly knowledgeable in their field. I would recommend taking this class for a fun and interesting introduction to south American BBQ cooking.


Jennifer Suen Jun 2021

American Smoking BBQ Cooking Class



Bought this as an anniversary gift for my husband as he has recently been interested in Smoking meat as a hobby. I went along as a fun event to enjoy together and learn a bit about hubby's hobby. There was not very much hands on experience. Mainly just watching the chef explain the process. Would have liked to be more involved with preparation. otherwise food was great, left feeling full. wish we could receive the recipes for all the dishes that were made. given the time of day and season, it got dark very quickly so outdoor lighting or heating  + more


Roger McIntosh May 2021

American Smoking BBQ Cooking Class



Teacher was amazing and the food was spectacular. Very central location with good parking Highly recommended

American Smoking BBQ Cooking Class review by Roger McIntosh Sydney

Michael Ben May 2021

South American BBQ Class (Centennial Park)



Great, knowledgeable teacher - thank you! Great venue with all that is needed at hand. Will be back


Jiamei Du May 2021

South American BBQ Class (Centennial Park)



The chefs were very nice and patient. Class was fun and we have a delicious lunch at the end.

South American BBQ Class (Centennial Park) review by Jiamei Du

Kevin Kelly May 2021

American Smoking BBQ Cooking Class



Good personalities and communicators. BUT all of us were beginner smokers and would have benefited from much more technical details about the smoking process. Briquettes vs coal. Do you add coal if the temp drops?. What if it gets too hot? What does smoke do to meat? Can you have too much smoke? Are there easy and difficult cuts? There are different shape and size smokers, what do they do. Then show us the meat prep, then the half way wrap then give us a feed. I enjoyed the day but could have learned a lot more.


Robert Kamai May 2021

Beer and Smoke BBQ Cooking Class: Marrickville



Everything was super amazing! Very informativeBen and John shared a lot of their wealth of knowledge. The whole team was super amazing, constantly checking on all participants. We did find this class very helpful. We will definitely do another class. If you are looking for a perfect gift for someone who likes hands on activities. This is it


Briellyn Trethewy Apr 2021

American Smoking BBQ Class: Centennial Park



We found it didn’t teach us anything we didn’t already know however made new friends which made it all worth it.


Denzil Saldanha Apr 2021

American Smoking BBQ Cooking Class (Marrickville)



BBQ school really shines at teaching you skills you need to ace barbequeing at home. The class was really fun and interactive. Ben is a really amazing teacher and does keep the session quite interesting. Would definitely recommend this class! Planning on taking a couple more of classes from them to build up on my bbq skills

Cooking workshop review by Denzil Saldanha

Gerard Apr 2021

American Smoking BBQ Cooking Class



What a great afternoon. Scott and Steph made us feel very welcome while we waited for others to arrive. They answered questions all afternoon and got everyone involved at some point. The food they prepared and shared with us was amazing and gave us a bar to strive for. The information that Scott passed on cleared up many questions that I had and I can’t wait to put it into practice. This class  + more

American Smoking BBQ Cooking Class review by Gerard

Richard Wyche Apr 2021

American Smoking BBQ Cooking Class



Great instructor who explained everything clearly. No question was too simple or too complicated. The food was fantastic and we learned a lot of simple tricks to improve our cooking. Loved the whole experience and would recommend it to anyone.

American Smoking BBQ Cooking Class review by Richard Wyche

Charmaine Wright Apr 2021

American Smoking BBQ Cooking Class



Class was greatlearnt a lot the teachers were great Definitely would do it again


Margaret Wood Apr 2021

Beer and BBQ Cooking Class



An extremely, engaging, enjoyable, educational, entertaining culinary class delivered by two exceptional informative impressive and sincere professionals who clearly know their craft and how to be effective to teach how to BBQ best. Seriously , a great day, learned heaps, where the format and venue was great and most of all I was even impressed with the my own cooking after I had learned what to  + more

Beer and BBQ Cooking Class review by Margaret Wood

Rosanne Burkhart Apr 2021

Seafood BBQ Cooking Class (Centennial Park)



Picked up some exceptional tips on bbq seafood. Ross and team gave us an excellent time and lovely meal to complete the afternoon.


Clare Thomas Apr 2021

American Smoking BBQ Class: Centennial Park



Bought these tickets for my husband, who loves barbecuing. Good presentation and explanation on how to prepare the foods. The teachers were happy to answer everyone questions. Lovely way to spend a few hours, especially as you get to eat the delights of the afternoon BBQ class.


Michael Handley Mar 2021

American Smoking BBQ Cooking Class



This course was great, and if you like your bbq's then it is highly recommended. 3 instructors, 2 of which were qualified chefs. Fully explained everything and made it simple to understand and follow. The course was held at the German Harmonie Club at Narrabundah, ACT, and was quite suitable, with all weather facilities. We got a handout covering everything we did to take home with us. This was certainly good value for money. Now to do some low and slow cooking/smoking at home.


Maria Aram Mar 2021

American Smoking BBQ Cooking Class



It was supposed to be an enjoyable birthday gift for my husband but didn't live up to the expectations and previous reviews. 25 people in the class and a function next to them so they could hardly hear anything. Plus there wasn't actual lessons to be learnt. Definitely not worth the price I guess. I feel bad for gifting him such a less than ordinary experience.


Glenn Stroud Mar 2021

American Smoking BBQ Cooking Class



Great teacher who was able to provide us with his wealth of experience. The food prepared was sensational.

Cooking workshop review by Glenn Stroud

Louise Rheinberger Mar 2021

American Smoking BBQ Class: Centennial Park



Fantastic teacher, knowledgeable, funny, thorough and delivered the information in a logical fashion. I would have liked some coleslaw with the meal but it had run out by the time I got my meal. Not a huge issue!


Allison Smith Mar 2021

American Smoking BBQ Class: Centennial Park



All was good. Teacher spent a lot of time answering everyone’s questions in detail. Wasn’t rushed, good timing.


Jess Torpey Feb 2021

American Smoking BBQ Cooking Class



Shane was fantastic and extremely knowledgable. It was a great course everything ran really well. Thank you!


Kate Jenkins Feb 2021

South American BBQ Class (Centennial Park)



Really fun class, opportunities for everyone to get involved and a delicious lunch at the end of it!


Melanie McIntosh Feb 2021

American Smoking BBQ Cooking Class



Food was great, teacher was fun and approachable. Would recommend if you are interested in American style BBQ


Stephanie Kijurina Feb 2021

Beer and Smoke BBQ Cooking Class: Marrickville



The class was really informative and the teacher was fab however we didn't get any recipes which we were told we would receive at the end! I attended today's class (Stephanie) so if I could get them please, that would be great. Thank you.


Elisabeth Besselse Feb 2021

Meat BBQ Cooking Class (Marrickville)



Excellent class! The team is great and the food was excellent. Definitely picked up a thing or two


Jason Bastide Feb 2021

Beer and Smoke BBQ Cooking Class: Centennial Park



Great value for money, teacher/chef was very approachable and willing to share info, tips and tricks. Good facilities, good length class. Very happy and warm environment. Very much enjoyed myself.


Bryan McLennan Feb 2021

Seafood BBQ Cooking Class



Shane was obviously very experienced and knowledgable about food and liked to share this knowledge. This meant we went over time to finish the day. This was not a problem for me but it could be for some. The facility was perfect for a BBQ class but the toilets were disgraceful. Obviously no-one had checked them before the class started. I loved being greeted with a beer on arrival.


Annemarie Hunt Feb 2021

American Smoking BBQ Class: Centennial Park



The set up was great! Had plenty of different options for smokers. Great presentation and explanation on how to prepare the foods. Also, very personable with the class, answering everyone’s questions.


Jessica Kane Feb 2021

American Smoking BBQ Class: Centennial Park



Fantastic class! Learnt a lot about smoking meats and ate some of the best brisket I've ever had Would highly recommend for anyone at any level of smoking. The instructor was extremely knowledgeable and everything ran like a well-oiled machine. I'm still full. :)


Mary Ferris Jan 2021

American Smoking BBQ Cooking Class



Chef was excellent. Included everyone. Learnt lot’s including how to trim the meat . Lunch was amazing


Robert Gane Jan 2021

2 ClassBento workshops attended

Beer and BBQ Cooking Class



Class was good fun. Teachers had a good sense of humour, I learned how to cook a whole chicken and enjoyed one of the best cooked steaks I've had in ages. Will definitely be trying the other classes to have something fun to do on the weekend while picking up a few cooking tips


Dwayne Beale Jan 2021

American Smoking BBQ Class: Centennial Park



Great location and value for money. Was very hands on for those participants who wanted to involve themselves in this aspect of the class and of course, the food was great.


Laura Suter Jan 2021

American Smoking BBQ Class: Centennial Park



My fiancé and I enjoyed this class and learnt a lot about American Smoking! Thank you for putting on this experience!


Annemarie Casey Jan 2021

Seafood BBQ Cooking Class (Centennial Park)



I really enjoyed the seafood BBQ course. The course was very informative with a good mix of demonstration and hands on practice. The food was also really tasty. I also learnt a lot which I am confident I can use at home on my own BBQ.


Annika Waugh Dec 2020

Beer and Smoke BBQ Cooking Class: Centennial Park



Teacher was great! Super knowledgeable. Food was awesome! Not as hands on as I thought it would be, and you only get 1 drink before they start charging you $8 per drink.


Ben Campbell Dec 2020

American Smoking BBQ Cooking Class



Very worthwhile and informative on all things smoking. Teacher was excellent. It is a highly recommended experience.


Kurt Forrester Nov 2020

American Smoking BBQ Cooking Class



Venue was great having an airconditioned area in the heat the teacher were knowledgeable and easy to follow. Would definitely recommend.


David Leevers Nov 2020

Beer and Smoke BBQ Cooking Class: Centennial Park



Good value for money. The Chef's were awesome, great tips and advice. Would recommend this course.


Nathan Nichols Nov 2020

Meat BBQ Cooking Class



Shane was awesome. He spoke well and interacted well. Picked up quite a few new things. Worth the experience and would have no hesitation recommending it to family and friends.

Meat BBQ Cooking Class review by Nathan Nichols

Michael Redpath Nov 2020

American Smoking BBQ Cooking Class



Great food, great venue and the chef bloke was very insightful. 10/10 would recommend


Jacqui Cosgrove Oct 2020

American Smoking BBQ Cooking Class



Wonderful afternoon. Very informative and interactive. Would highly recommend. Will most likely come and do it again.


Nicole McGowan Oct 2020

4 ClassBento workshops attended • 4 reviews

Seafood BBQ Cooking Class (Centennial Park)



We had a great time at the Seafood BBQ course. Bill is a knowledgable and entertaining chef!


Katrina Gould Oct 2020

3 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

Seafood BBQ Cooking Class



Not very hands on at all. Equally nothing new to learn. This is a class for someone who does not cook at all and hasn’t even picked up a piece of seafood! Made 1 salad that was really just lettuce leaves, some fennel, grapefruit and balsamic. But wait for itthe prawn skewers was just some curry paste with yoghurt and coriander. Didn’t even make our own curry paste! Teacher was disorganised and did not have everything at hand. Do not recommend and would not do a class of any sort from that venue again.


Tony Liddy Sep 2020

American Smoking BBQ Class: Centennial Park



I thought the hosting by Seamus was fantastic - he was good with people and quite funny. The location and venue were great. The aprons were NAF - not worth keeping - an opportunity missed if it's a good apron, will be worn later and other people see the branding. I was a little disappointed by the content. The overall plan of what we were to learn was sound, but it was less hands-on than I expected. More of a demonstration and tasting than a lesson.


Emma Hamilton Sep 2020

American Smoking BBQ Cooking Class



Funny - loved it- great knowledge, learned a lot thank you, had a very fun time and food was yummy


Stacey Jenneke Aug 2020

BBQ and Beer Cooking Class (Centennial Park)



Great food, great techniques learnt. Chef made it fun with his humour. Love that I’ll be able to make the food at home too

Cooking workshop review by Stacey Jenneke Sydney

Catherine McBride Aug 2020

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

American Smoking BBQ Class: Centennial Park



Hi this was a great class. The teacher was great, very knowledgeable and engaging. Would definitely recommend it to anyone looking to expand their BBQ skills.

American Smoking BBQ Class: Centennial Park review by Catherine McBride

Micheal Parker Aug 2020

American Smoking BBQ Class: Centennial Park



Teacher was great, venue was perfect. Class was very informative and filled with good memories


Tony McDermott Mar 2020

Cooking class



Seamus was a lot of fun, knew his stuff and is the ideal teacher for this kind of class.


Patricia Murtha Mar 2020

Seafood BBQ Cooking Class (Centennial Park)



He engages so easily - enjoyable and learned more techniques also felt much more home like than other places i ve taken classes in which are academic and formal and teacher student show and tell but not engaging so this wonderful session resonated thank you the teachers were from Malta and Ireland TED AND GEORGE and it was SEAFOOD BARBEQUE IN CENTENNIAL PARK .


Patricia Troll Feb 2020

American Smoking BBQ Class: Centennial Park



Absolutely fun day and highly recommend booking in. The teacher and facilitators are fantastic, everyone is relaxed and it created the perfect atmosphere for all attendees to chill out and learn something new; before enjoying some delicious food.


Steve Curran Feb 2020

American Smoking BBQ Cooking Class



The team were fantastic, it was fun, entertaining and we got to sample a range of different smoked meats and how to smoke them. I’m much more prepared to attempt American style smoking at home.


Suzie Karkoulas Jul 2019

Seafood BBQ Cooking Class (Centennial Park)



Great class, the teacher and team were engaging, humorous explained everything clearly so we could follow the recipes. My three friends and I enjoyed ourselves immensely. We will be coming back for another class by the BBQ school in a few weeks.


Sue Morrison Jun 2019

American Smoking BBQ Class: Centennial Park



I went with my 28 year old son and we both found the course interesting, entertaining and inspiring. The teacher, Seamus, was amusing and down to earth and gave us practical and money saving tips, for example, in creating your own smoker. The venue was delightful (in spite of the heavy rain) - a pavilion in Centennial Park with undercover cooking area and a table set inside ready for lunch. It was a very professional operation - all highly organised, very instructive with two assistant chefs to help or hand around beers and excellent equipment.  + more




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