Learn from BBQ master, Shelton Steele, in this two-hour hands-on smoking ribs class at The Chop Shop Butchery. Discover the different tools, techniques, tips and myths of what it takes to make the best BBQ. It’s easy to make good, it’s the extra knowledge and experience that can make it GREAT. Shelton grew up on a Polled Hereford beef farm in Statesville, NC. His early childhood BBQ memories were the family pilgrimages to Keaton's BBQ, famous for its no-nonsense customer service and BBQ chicken. Ironically, Shelton had to leave NC to start his formal BBQ education. He moved to Arizona in 2006, while his wife attended medical school. Shelton partnered with a friend to open BBQ Island, Arizona's largest outdoor kitchen grill store. Selling gas grills led to selling smokers, and smokers led to BBQ festivals and classes. Some of the nation's top pit master's taught at BBQ Island. Shelton's BBQ mentor was an award-winning Kansas City pit master named Chris Marks. Shelton worked with Chris to put on a dozen BBQ classes in AZ and NC. Shelton competed with Chris and his Three Little Pigs BBQ team at the American Royal in Kansas City in 2011, and again in 2012.Shelton returned to Asheville in 2013. He immediately started competing at Asheville's only BBQ competition, KnuckleDeep BBQ. His team, ThunderPig Allstars, has won numerous awards. Shelton has also catered Beer City Festival and Brewgrass, and he also hosts an annual BBQ fundraiser at Hall Fletcher Elementary. Shelton’s smoking classes are designed to teach BBQ as a life skill. The classes will cover the fundamentals of slow and low BBQ, while also sharing the competition tricks and techniques that create consistency every time you cook. Class includes a tasting of house made and local charcuterie, as well as wine and beer.