Events, Seminars & BBQ Classes

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BBQ Competitions

Thank you to everyone who participated to our BBQ Competitions.  We had a record number of contestants and attendees.  Our BBQ competitions are for any ‘backyard hero’ and offer a great day of fun, cooking, and BBQing of course with proceeds going to support local charities.

Peterborough: This year the The Kawartha BBQ Competition will be held on Saturday July 28th, 2018 and will feature the best Ribs, the Best Wings, and the new this year the Best Brisket in Kawartha.

You cannot miss this event, register now as spaces are limited.

Kingston:  In Kingston, on Saturday July 7th, 2018 we will be hosting the Kingston BBQ Competition.  This year we will be expanding the Kids Zone, Limestone Therapies giving out massages, Yoga for Grill Masters, Live Music and much more.  If you cannot compete make sure that you attend!

Unsure about registering?  Check out the video: 2014 Kingston BBQ Competition Video

BBQ Classes

To promote the culture of BBQ, Friendly Fires hosts annual BBQ cooking classes. Most BBQ events occur Saturday mornings throughout the Summer. They’re a great social gathering and are a fun way to learn about BBQing.  Classes are hosted by local chefs, restaurateurs and butcher shops.

Thanks again for another great year of BBQ classes, our 2017 classes are complete, take a look at the photo gallery below to see highlights and for a glimpse of what to expect next year!

Peterborough BBQ Classes 2018

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Kingston BBQ Classes 2018

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Thank you to this year’s chefs!

Chef Brian Henry from The Spice Co.

Chef Dale Jones from Capers Custom Catering

Chef Cassandra Mercier from Atomica Gourmet Pizza and Wine Bar

Chef Randy from Smokin Carnivore Food Truck’s

Extraordinary Home Cook Stephanie Leonard from Steph’s Yoga

Chef Matt Darch from Olivea

Chefs Knifey and Spooney from Knifey Spooney

Your ‘Custom’ BBQ Class

Friendly Fires’ facilities and BBQ experts are available to host and organize a BBQ Class for your team (service club, company, social group…).  Contact us for details.

Previous Events

2017 Kawartha BBQ Competition & BBQ Classes

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2017 Kingston BBQ Competition and BBQ Classes

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2016 Kawartha BBQ Competition & BBQ Classes


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2016 Kingston BBQ Competition and BBQ Classes


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2015 Kawartha & Kingston BBQ Competitions


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2015 Kingston BBQ Classes

Dianes Fish Bar Salmon 1
Atomica BBQ Pizza Healthy
Harpers BBQ Burger 4

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2015 Peterborough BBQ Classes

Primal Cuts BBQ Class 8
Muddys 6
Brian Henry 4

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2014 Kawartha BBQ Competition

2014 BBQ Competition.

Final 2
A Beautiful Thing
2014 Ptbo BBQ Comp - 28

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2014 Kingston BBQ Competition

2014 BBQ Competition.

Black Olive Grlling
Team FF Black Olive
2014 Ptbo BBQ Comp - 14

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2013 Kawartha BBQ Competition

The annual Kawartha BBQ Competition was held on July 27th.  With dozens of entries and hundreds of visitors, the event was the largest in our history.  The band and celebrity judges helped make the event a total success.  Thank you to everyone who participated.

2013 Ptbo Rib Comp - 062
2013 Ptbo Rib Comp - 035
2013 Ptbo Rib Comp - 043

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2013 Kingston BBQ Competition

The first ever BBQ competition was held in Kingston on July 20th.  It was our first BBQ Competition in Kingston and was also well attended.  We look forward to learning from our first year, and making our 2014 Competition even better.

Kingston BBQ Winner
Kingston BBQ Rodney
Kingston BBQ 15

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2012 Kawartha BBQ Competition

In 2012, Friendly Fires hosted the first ever Kawartha BBQ Competition. Teams from all over participated and cooked their best ribs. The BBQ food was judged by Dean Del Mastro, Ken Jackman, Mike Judson, Shari Darling as well as Chef Brian Henry. The winner received a brand new Saffire Kamado Charcoal BBQ – courtesy of Friendly Fires.

Rib Preparation 3
BBQ Rib Prep 3
Team Saffire

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2012 BBQ Classes

Some of the topics we covered included: BBQ Safety Check & Cleaning, Napoleaon BBQs, Steaks, Burgers, BBQing by women for women, Steaks, Charcoal Cooking, Intro to BBQing, Smoking & Planking, Primo Charcoal Demo Team, BBQ Contest, Beer Can Checken 4 ways, Cook and entire meal on a BBQ


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2011 BBQ Classes

Topics covered: Big Green Egg, Burgers by Brad, QA Cow – Chef Henry, QA Pig – Chef Henry, Burgers by Brad – 2, QA Fish – Chef Henry, Broil King Demo


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2010 BBQ Classes

Topics covered: BBQ Maintenance, BBQ Accessories, Basics of BBQ, Big Green Egg, BBQ for Women, Beer Butt Chicken, Mexican, Kawartha Choice, Indian, Steaks, Smoking & Planking, Ribs, Sausages


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2009 BBQ Classes

Topics covered: BBQ Maintenance, Napoleon BBQ, Basics of BBQ, Big Green Egg, Greek on the Grill, Planking & Smoking, Great Steaks


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