South Carolina

The Best Barbecue in the World: Secrets, Sauces and Smokers

For some, BBQ is more than just cooking, it’s a way of life. Come see for yourself as you join an experienced Pit-Master for an in-depth look at their culinary craft.
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Program No. 16610RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Explore the history and experience mouthwatering recreations of the world’s oldest live-fire cuisine! Delve into the evolution, philosophy and customs of this delicious culinary art form with Seth Watari. Seth hasn’t always loved barbecued meats. He can’t claim that his dad or grandfather were great Pit Masters, because they weren’t great Pit Masters; but Seth encountered Southern Barbecue while traveling in South Carolina in 1974. During a business trip, to the up-state, a chance dining experience with two local “Country” gentlemen started his quest for Southern Barbecue perfection. From that day forward, Seth has traveled 49 states sampling and learning about regional Barbecues. Settling in South Carolina’s Low Country, where Barbecue seems to be almost a religion, Seth narrowed his Barbecue focus on Low Country Barbecue history, techniques and flavors. Seth now shares his Barbecue experience and knowledge with Barbecue judges, experienced Pit Masters, and most importantly, backyard cooks.
Activity Level
Easy Going
Walking 2-3 blocks; some uneven terrain.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Learn the history, methodology and application of traditional BBQ with exposure to numerous proteins and enjoy hands-on experiences as you prepare perfectly paired side dishes for each day’s themed dinners.
  • Practice cooking methods for rendering tough cuts of meat into succulent BBQ — from proper fuels, injections and rubs to wood types and the proper application of the low-and-slow methodology.
  • Discover how the flavor profiles change with new marinades, injections and dry rubs and transition to hot-and-fast cooking methods.

General Notes

The Retreat Difference: This unique, often basic and no-frills experience at a Road Scholar Retreat includes opportunities for early morning exercise, interaction with the local community for insight into local life, an authentic farm-to-table or locally sourced meal, a live performance or event, and a value-priced single room. Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
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Seth Watari
Seth is an award-winning cook, competition judge and instructor specializing in Lowcountry barbecue native to South Carolina. His interest in barbecue dates back to the mid-1980s when he lived in Herndon, Virginia. He is a cofounder of the Southern Barbecue Network, which sanctions tournaments and certifies judges in South Carolina, and the co-owner and pit master of the Some-R Swine competition team. Seth has also taught at the Carolina Pit Masters Barbecue Cooking School.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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