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NDSU announces BBQ Boot Camps

Published: 20 May 2013

Faculty from the animal sciences department and Extension Service have teamed up to offer three BBQ Boot Camps throughout the state.

The dates and locations are:

  • June 26 at Bonanzaville in West Fargo, N.D., from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • July 2 at the city park in Fullerton, N.D., from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Aug. 15 at the Harold Schafer Heritage Center in Medora, N.D., from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

BBQ Boot Camp instructors introduce participants to grilling methods, including smoking and cooking with gas and charcoal. Instructors will describe the merits of various meat cuts and explain how cooking temperatures, humidity and the composition of the meat from different animal species can affect the barbecuing process. Participants also will learn about nutrition, food safety and techniques such as using rubs, marinades and seasonings. 

Faculty will share information on current topics in the pork, beef and lamb industries and report on related research, teaching and Extension activities at NDSU.

"The program highlights many different aspects of agriculture from meat cookery to the importance that producers place on meeting high product quality standards," says David Newman, NDSU Extension swine specialist and one of the BBQ Boot Camp organizers.

The camps wrap up with a full meal, including traditional barbecue side dishes. Participants will be able to fill their plates with a large variety of barbecued meat.

"You definitely won't leave hungry," says Eric Berg, a professor in the Animal sciences department and a BBQ Boot Camp instructor.

Animal sciences department and Extension faculty, staff, and graduate and undergraduate students are the instructors for the camps.

The cost for the June 26 camp is $40 per person for members of the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce and $50 for non-members. To register for the June 26 camp, go to

The cost for the July 2 and Aug. 15 camps is $40 per person. For more information or to register, visit

This is the fifth year BBQ Boot Camps have been held across the state.

NDSU is recognized as one of the nation’s top 108 public and private universities by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education.

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Last Updated: Sunday, August 25, 2013