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Program #16610RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
While all of our learning adventures offer extraordinary value, our "Best Value" programs were rated by our participants themselves who thought their dollar went particularly far.
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
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EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
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ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
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Dianne from Charlotte, NC Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 02/15/15 - 02/20/15
We were introduced to barbeque from around the world as well as Texas and feel we will profit greatly by this in our future grilling and smoking activities. JT was a great teacher who made learning a lot of fun. The program leader was attentive to our every need and introduced us to low country culture. Accommodations were comfortable and allowed us to have a relaxed week. We consider the week to have been a wonderful experience in learning and in making new friends.

Herb from Normal, IL Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 02/15/15 - 02/20/15
This was an absolutely delightful and informative course. JT is an awesome BBQ teacher -- well-trained and truly a champion Pitmaster. I learned lots and ate VERY well. LifeTide Institute is a tremendous host and provided exceptional additional programming to help us learn more about this part of the country. The facilities were outstanding. I cannot think of thing that could have improved this program. It's worth the effort, even if BBQ is a secondary interest. I highly recommend it, without reservation.

Marylu from Prunedale, CA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 10/05/14 - 10/10/14
This program was informative, fun and entertaining. Although we had only one "expert" to give us the instruction (and he was great!), our leader brought in wonderful guest presenters who gave us an insight into aspects of the culture of the area. In addition, she organized a field trip to neighboring historical places that I would never have thought to explore on my own.
I loved the whole experience.

Douglas from Oxford, CT Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 10/05/14 - 10/10/14
Of the three cooking courses that we have taken with Road Scholar, this was by far the best. The instructor, JT Handy, is very knowledgeable and entertaining as well. You gain a vast amount of information and most importantly, learn the proper way of preparing and cooking BBQ chicken, ribs, brisket and pork. Jan, the program director, was attentive to our needs and always helpful. A big added bonus was Vern, a professional cook, who prepared our delicious breakfasts and lunches as well as sides for dinners. Together Jan, JT, and Vern made an awesome team to ensure a memorable experience for everyone. The Palm Key accommodations were very nice and had scenic views of the Low Country. If you are a lover of barbecue and want hands-on experiences, you will definitely have to take this course. But be forewarned! You may gain a few pounds taking this course.

David from Prunedale, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/05/14 - 10/10/14
Well worth the time, money and effort- we traveled over 3000 miles each way to attend. Well organized, effective teaching and very good accomodations. (and the food was outstanding!- of course we cooked it so what else would you expect me to say?)

Joanne from Haslett, MI Number of programs attended: 0
Date attended: 10/06/13 - 10/11/13
Low Country Southern BBQ was our first travel/learn experience through Road Scholar and we thought the value was excellent! The program definitely exceeded our expectations. Jan, the program leader made us instantly feel welcomed and it was evident that she and Faith were focused on making this an awesome eperience. The accommodations, food and hospitality were exceptional! "JT" Handy is not only an expert in his field, he is an excellent instructor and a great story teller. There is a very effective mix of lecture, demonstration and "hands on" to facilitate learning. In the evening you eat what you make (with JT's guidance) and the tastes were extraordinary! Palm Key is in a beautiful but bit remote location. After dinner there was always a fun event to learn more about the culture and history of South Carolina. Our only surprise was that by 8:00 everyone was back in their rooms. With no TV and being in a rather remote location be sure to bring books, etc. for entertainment.

Martha from Georgetown, TX Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/06/13 - 10/11/13
If you want to learn to barbecue or just improve what you already know this is the program for you. Wonderful setting and facilities, caring group leader and the most outstanding instructor, JT Handy, that you can imagine. Meals were more than plentiful and delicious. I came away full, refreshed and motivated to put into practice what I'd learned. Also enjoyed the small group of participants. A totally fun week.

Jane from Nickerson, KS Number of programs attended: 0
Date attended: 10/06/13 - 10/11/13
My husband and I just returned from the BarBQue Class taught by J.T. Handy. It was excellent! We learned so much. We came right home and bought a brisket to BarBQue ourselves. Excellent accommodations and delicious food! Do take this class! It was well worth it! Very well organized!

Alice from Jenkintown, PA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 03/10/13 - 03/15/13
This was my first Road Scholar experience and the people (staff and participants) were terrific, the accommodations were fantastic and the program was incredible. Jan, our coordinator, is friendly and bent over backwards to make every one comfortable. We arrived two hours early and Jan was already prepared with our name tags and other info and our “cabin” was already waiting for us. About the cabins: these are not bare bones rustic cabins; our cabin had a beautiful common area living room, a fully appointed kitchen, a spectacular sunrise view and the bedrooms had two queen beds and their own bathrooms. Our Pit Master instructor, JT, was THE BEST! JT’s lectures not only how to barbecue, but the history of the region and the four sauces, how the heat affected the sauces, the pros and cons of the types of smokers and also the different types of brisket and rib cuts. I was very pleased also that JT continually focused on food safety and proper food handling techniques. Like the meats we prepared, all of JT’s lectures were juicy and flavorful and a very pleasant and fun experience. To keep in practice, we prepared barbecued chicken, baked beans, red cabbage and apple slaw, and biscuits for friends and family for the Easter holiday and they loved it (not a chicken, baked bean or piece of slaw remained). We are ordering a Lang Reverse Smoker because family & friends want more (and so do we). So, if you are a “foodie” and want to learn about barbecuing this is the course for you! If you take away nothing else you will take away three things: (1) cook low and slow, (2) what you start with is what you end with, and, my personal favorite, (3) fat is where it’s at! We love you Jan! We love you JT!

Arthur from Devon, PA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 03/10/13 - 03/15/13
What a wonderful experience in a wonderful place with fun people! As my first Road Scholar program this experience really set a high standard. The accommodations were called cottages but a hotel chain might call them “villas” – every couple had their own large bedroom with full bath, the gathering room was large and included a fully equipped kitchen and full-sized washer and dryer, and the front and rear porches were examples of low country homes in the area. Situated on South Carolina’s Broad River all units were on the water. Our “professor”, J.T. Handy, exceeded all expectations with his engaging style and in-depth knowledge of all aspects of barbecue cooking. Lectures were combined with hands-on experience using his competition quality barbecue pits. There was always time for a question and his special sense of humor had us all laughing. But the objective of the course was to learn how to cook and this was met and exceeded in all aspects. We really enjoyed the products of our efforts from the beer-can chicken cooked for four hours to the ribs, pulled pork and brisket. We also prepared side dishes to go with the BBQ which were excellent as well. Other meals prepared by the staff were excellent and who could forget the freshly baked “brie-bread”? Our course leader, Jan, was a delight as she rushed around the site taking care of every little detail. This was a very well organized session and we all felt Jan was a major reason for the success of the program. Each person in the group could participate in the hands-on cooking activities to the degree desired – there was no pressure. As a group we all worked hard to make the most of our time and I believe we all would love to see an advanced version of this course because we think J.T Handy has much more to teach us. We are planning our first “at-home” trial of our new skills in the coming week as our friends all want to taste the best of South Carolina barbecue.

Thomas from Sarasota, FL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 03/10/13 - 03/15/13
This program exceeded my expectation. I had more fun than I expected. JT Handy is a very serious BBQ master with a flair for humorous anecdotes. He has a super fire starter to die for. I wanted to learn how to smoke on a gas grill, mission accomplished. As a food and sensory scientist in my former life I had some excellent discussions with JT and was delighted with his knowledge of flavor and texture delivery. Jan was an excellent coordinator. She mailed a binder with all the info beforehand and prepared a DVD with pictures as a nice keepsake. This was my first road scholar trip and I'm totally pleased. The people I met were interesting to talk to and learn from. Tom Abraham

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14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
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