Hottest Kick-off to Summer Announced by Colorado State University and Historic Stanley Hotel (May 24 -28)
Colorado State University and The Historic Stanley Hotel announce the ultimate culinary hottest kick-off to summer. The CSU BBQ weekend includes special hands-on demonstrations, BBQ culinary workshops with experts from around the country, as well as a two-day BBQ competition over Memorial Day Weekend and all are open to the public.
A first of its kind for CSU, the BBQ weekend gives culinary aficionados (both amateur and expert alike) a chance to rub-shoulders, learn from, and cook alongside some of CSU’s top BBQ experts.
“We think of this as summer camp for BBQ fans,” said Stanley General Manager Ron Morin. “It’s all about a community coming together to celebrate food, family and our favorite summer past time.”
Starting May 24th, CSU will offer a two-day hands-on BBQ cooking workshop called CSU’s BBQ University hosted by the school’s top culinary experts and meat scientists. The fun and competition continue into the weekend with the launch of the 1st Annual Rocky Mountain BBQ Showdown – a 24 hour BBQ competition/party open to the public and hosted on the front lawn of the Stanley Hotel.
Students enrolled in the BBQ U will have the opportunity to stay overnight at the Stanley making it a truly immersive experience. During the day, students will work with BBQ experts from across the country to learn about meat selection complete with carcass carvings, spice and sauce formulation, and different cooking methods to play on natural flavors, with samples along the way.
“We’re so excited to take our expertise off campus and open it up to a whole new group of students: the general public,” said Kevin Pond head of CSU’s Animal Science program. “While there’s plenty of science and theory packed into BBQ U, the best learning often comes from a plate with plenty of napkins on the side.”
Starting Saturday, May 28th, students can put their knowledge to the test by joining the general public and competitors from across the country at the Rocky Mountain BBQ Showdown. The competition will be hosted on the front lawn of the Stanley Hotel and will include two-days of events, drinks, music, and of course, plenty of amazing BBQ!
Enrollment in the competition is open to all skill levels including amateurs and experts alike. Competitors can enter their best brisket, sausage, beef, pork, and lamb ribs, pork shoulder and chicken to win cash prizes in each category. Contestants can also compete for a People’s Choice award.
All event proceeds benefit the Colorado State University School of Animal Sciences. It’s the perfect way to stay and play – no bones about it!
Tickets BBQ and Showdown Tickets available for purchase along with discounted Stanley Hotel rooms at Stanleyhotel.com
CSU BBQ U – Culinary Workshop: Early Bird Rates*
Option 1: Full 2-day Course and Reception (May 24-26) $350/person
Option 2: Full 2-day Course and Reception (May 24-26) $600/couple
Option 3: One-day pass (May 25 or 26) $200/person
Discounted Room Packages Available
Showdown BBQ Contest Enrollment Rates (May 27-28):
Early Bird option: Open Team Entry $250/team
After May 15th: Open Team Entry $300/team
Discounted Room Packages Available
About Colorado State University CMQS
The Center for Meat Safety & Quality of Colorado State University aims to address national and global food safety and quality issues, to assure that consumers worldwide have access to a dependable supply of safe, high quality and affordable food products, to educate and train undergraduate and graduate students to assume food safety positions in industry, and to provide outreach education to the public.
About the Stanley Hotel
Famous for its old world charm, The Stanley Hotel boasts spectacular views in every direction and is less than six miles away from Rocky Mountain National Park. Multiple renovations have restored this 140-guest room hotel to its original grandeur. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and a member of Historic Hotels of America, The Stanley offers over 14,000 square feet of unique meeting and event space equipped with modern day amenities. Only an hour away from Denver, it is the ideal destination for your Colorado getaway.