Premium Cooking Classes


SoCal BBQ Bash and Expo wants to help you rethink what you know about BBQ. Our special guest chefs will teach you to cook with local and fresh ingredients, using a unique array of cooking techniques that involve a BBQ grill or smoker. The chef’s lead hands-on classes, offering step-by-step instructions with both general how-to’s and specific recipes.

You will learn the tips and tricks while gaining such skills to create the perfect meal for your friends and family– putting you on the culinary map. Yes, you will sample food.

These premium cooking classes require advanced registration. Seating is limited.                                 

Registration fee is $99.99.


Neil Strawder                                                    12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Sterling Smith                                                      3:00 pm – 5:00 pm


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Sterling “Smitty” Smith

 Guest chef Sterling “Smitty” Smith, is one of the nations top BBQ competitors. With over 200 top 10 wins, Smith’s honors include 15 Grand Championships,

10 Reserve Grand Championships, the 2014 American Royal Invitational Chicken Champion, the 2014 American Royal Open Reserve Grand Champion,  the 2014 Route 66 Tour Champion,

2016 Jack Daniel’s World BBQ Invitational Pork Champion, 2012, 2014, 2015 Arizona BBQ Team of the Year, the 2016 California Team of the Year runner up and has garnered BBQ’s holy grail with  8 perfect 180 scores in KCBS and three  700+ scores in Kansas City BBQ Society.





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Neil “BigMista” Strawder

The owner of Bigmista’s Barbecue & Sammich Shop and Bigmista’s Morning Wood, both in Long Beach. The barbecue restaurants are run by husband-and-wife team Neil and Phyllis Strawder, best known for their signature wood-smoked brisket. Strawder has been an anchor in BBQ  arena, recognized for  skills on the grill and his dedication to the industry. Many recognize him from his appearances on television cooking shows such as Man, Fire, Food, The Great Food Truck and BBQ Pitmaster’s and he is also featured in the Arby’s commercial. His restaurants are among the top rated BBQ stops in SoCal.