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 South Carolina Master BBQ Champion and award-winning Chef, Pit-Master JT Handy. Set out into the antebellum South to discover the secrets to succulent barbecue in South Carolina’s Low Country — a naturally beautiful and culturally rich coastal region that is the undisputed birthplace of southern BBQ.
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: The unique 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 single room to yourself for only $100 more (for many programs). Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
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JT Handy
As the South Carolina Master Barbecue Champion, Chef J.T. Handy is a purist in the art of true slow smoked southern barbecue. He was named the first Master Barbecue Champion from South Carolina, and his award-winning team has earned the title of Grand Champion at numerous professional events. After more than a decade of honing his skills behind the hard wood pits in the South Carolina Low Country, Chef Handy has turned his talents to teaching his southern art of slow smoked foods.

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

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