The age old quip goes something like “those that can’t do, teach,” but Pete Lent of Pete’s Firehouse BBQ is classic proof that the saying could not be more wrong. Not only is Pete a full time firefighter for the county of Riverside, he is busy serving up BBQ and winning awards in just about every competition he enters. Not content to hog all the glory as THE BBQ Master, he has started a series of hands-on BBQ classes so he can bring his knowledge of all things “low and slow” to the masses.
As I mentioned, Pete is no slouch. After feeding friends, family and fellow firefighters for years, he entered a BBQ competition just for kicks. He jokes that when he did not come in dead last, he was immediately hooked. Fast forward to the present and Pete’s Firehouse BBQ has won more than 15 awards: most notably the Grand Championship at the Flamingo BBQ Contest in Las Vegas and the Reserve Grand Championship at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival in Temecula, CA. Next up will be the BBQ Nationals at the Lakeside Rodeo Grounds on August 27th – good luck Pete!
When he’s not busy fighting fires, winning awards or selling out of BBQ at the Murrieta Farmers Market on Sundays, Pete is cooking up ways to share his knowledge and knack for BBQ with the average weekend warrior. His series of hands-on BBQ classes at Oak Mountain Winery have quickly sold out as the word gets around the Temecula Valley. Did your neighbor’s ribs blow you away this summer? Chances are he was at Pete’s class in June! Pete covers topics like:
- How to select, trim, marinate, season, cook & serve Beef Tri-tip. (Mine is always tough, so this info was a revelation to me!)
- The different types of Pork Ribs and how to select, trim, season and serve them. (Sneak preview – remove the membrane from the underside – life changing tip!)
- How to select, trim, inject, season and serve Pork Shoulder and Beef Brisket.
- BBQ Appetizers and Side Dishes.
Pete’s style is relaxed and fun, so I learned a ton at his class in July and had a great time to boot. He believes that “hands-on” is the only way to learn good BBQ, so we eagerly donned our gloves and dug in. The class includes two glasses of Oak Mountain wine with additional wine available for purchase, so the mood quickly became festive as we made friends with our classmates. Pete did a great job of keeping us on track and we learned so much while having a total blast. Did I happen to mention we had fun? In addition, the students receive 2 bottles of Pete’s award winning bottled BBQ sauce (Original and Bold), a generous portion of both of his spice rubs (Original and Santa Maria) and a complete packet of all material and recipes covered in the class for future reference.
Are you dying to find out the answers to questions like:
- Is pink meat a good thing?
- Does it matter if I use charcoal, wood chips or gas?
- What the heck does low and slow mean?
- What does it take to make GREAT BBQ?
- What’s the big deal about knives, tongs and aluminum foil and why should I throw my meat fork in the trash?
You are in luck! Pete’s next class will be at Oak Mountain Winery on Friday, September 9th from 6 pm – 9:30 pm. The cost is $99 and class size is limited, so RSVP as soon as possible to secure your spot. Plan on having a great time, learning a lot and leaving with a full belly. For more info or to RSVP, please call Oak Mountain Winery: 951-699-9102. For more updates on future classes, competitions and the dates you will find Pete at the Murrieta Farmer’s Market, please Like Pete’s Firehouse BBQ on Facebook.