Steel City Smokeout Barbeque Classes with Moe Cason and Bob Trudnak

Saturday, July 20 · view days & times
Venue: Fowler Blast Furnace Room

Award-winning pitmasters Bob Trudnak and Moe Cason will give you the very best methods and procedures for cooking high end backyard BBQ with competition tips and tricks. They cover everything from meat selection and trimming to seasoning and cooking procedures on grills and smokers.

18+ only

Your class ticket also gets you entry to the Steel City Smokeout! Just choose between general admission or VIP tickets.

 PriceArtsQuest Member
One Class + one general admission ticket to Steel City Smokeout$99 $94
One Class + one VIP admission ticket to Steel City Smokeout$149$139
All 3 Classes + one general admission ticket to Steel City Smokeout$250$225
All 3 Classes + one VIP admission ticket to Steel City Smokeout$300$275
BBQ Chicken

10-11 a.m.

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We discuss selecting chicken, the different cuts as well as seasoning and tendering the skin. We also discuss time and temperatures for thighs, drums, wings and breast meat, in addition to when to sauce and how dry rubs work on the chicken.

BBQ Pork Ribs

12-1 p.m.

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We discuss different brands of ribs and the difference between spare ribs, St. Louis cut and baby backs. How to trim ribs for backyard and competition as well as trimming and removing membranes for better tenderness. We talk about wrapping techniques vs. not wrapping and how to apply layers of flavor as well as perfect tenderness.

Beef Brisket (the King of BBQ meats)

2-3 p.m.

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We discuss the anatomy of a brisket and how to buy them. We talk about brands cuts and the different grades of beef, from select to wagyu. Injecting, seasoning and wrapping procedures are a big part of what we discuss as well. How to tell when a brisket is done and ready to rest will finish up the class.


Moe Cason is a Des Moines-based award-winning BBQ chef and TV personality who has garnered multiple Grand and Reserve Grand Championships while competing in 35 different states. He's been seen as a contestant, judge, and star on Destination America's Pitmasters and BBQ Pit Wars. Self-taught as a pitmaster, he uses skills and authentic ingredients passed down from his grandmother, Margaret Cason. He's a veteran of the US Navy who served on the USS Missouri.


Bob Trudnak got his start in the outdoor cooking industry in 2002. He spent 20 plus years in the product design and manufacturing business while building his cooking career as a competition cook, judge and teacher. He has over 600 awards and has competed throughout the United States and Europe winning many state and national championships. He has taught thousands of students to perfect their craft in the backyard as well as on the competition circuit.

Bob has become a well known BBQ personality and has an award winning line of BBQ and pizza sauces and seasonings and is a certified Professional Pizzaiolo (North American Pizza and Culinary Academy).

Bob has cooked on military bases with Armed Forces entertainment and at food festivals all over the world. He loves bringing world flavors to traditional American BBQ.

His sauce and seasoning products are a reflection of his desire to introduce quality ingredients and well balanced flavors to all who enjoy cooking and eating fire cooked foods.

Venue Information
Fowler Blast Furnace Room
ArtsQuest Center
101 Founders Way
Bethlehem, PA 18015
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