Kansas City is one of the great BBQ capitals of the world! That’s why we consider it our duty at The Culinary Center of Kansas City to offer a serious educational curriculum dedicated to the art and science of grilling and smoking.


We have some of the finest BBQ instructors in the world right here in KC and they are part of our roster. I’m talking smokin’ hot American Royal BBQ Champions along with extensive culinary arts experience. (Did you know that the American Royal is the largest BBQ competition in the world? Yeah ... that’s right! Right here in the City of Fountains.) 


Grilling and smoking have become one of the fastest growing culinary techniques in this country and we are here to show you how it's done RIGHT.  Whether you want to be the envy of your neighborhood or grab the gold at a barbeque competition, this is where you can learn the basics or hone your existing skills.  Go ahead - tell us you already KNOW how to BBQ.  We will show you there is so much more to learn!  From tools and fuel to techniques and recipes, to cooking techniques and the science of BBQ, we won't leave a briquette unturned.  Classes are offered on a continuing basis through the year and new topics and additional classes are added all the time.

Our Midwest BBQ Institute
(or MBQI, as we like to call it) offers a variety of classes to help you become a grilling guru. Check out our course catalog for a listing of all the possibilities!


Or we can help you put together a BBQ-themed event for any occasion. Here are a few of the smokalicious BBQ events we can provide:


  • The American Royal
    A Classic BBQ Dinner Buffet
    A classic BBQ buffet done right! This isn't your "plastic tablecloth & cheap napkin" buffet, folks.  It's award-winning BBQ paired with sumptuous chef-prepared side dishes and accompaniments, creatively presented for your catered event. It doesn't get any better.

  • The Backyard BBQ
    Lunch or Light Dinner Buffet
    Same award-winning BBQ - just a lighter version with a lower price point. Just sayin'...

  • Little Bits o'BBQ
    Having a party? Wanna blow the lid off with some exceptional and unique grilled and smoked appetizers? Thought so! We can do that for you.

  • Upscale Grilled Menu
    Tuscany on the Grill
    The Tuscan grill all nuance with minimal interference with the natural flavor of the primary ingredient. Pair this with natural marinades, simple robust flavors and fire-roasting directly on the hot coals of the grill. This is old world BBQ at its finest.

  • "Pig Off" BBQ Competition
    Let us design a BBQ competition and/or festival for your company, family or group of friends that will include serious (and not-so-serious) cooking competition, smokers, grills, tomfoolery, culinary demonstrations, boasting, games, "make your own rub" station, "Ask A Chef" station, drawings, giveaways, awards... and did we mention great food and drink?

  • Man Shower
    Finally, a pre-wedding party for guys! This one will be more your style - a hands-on BBQ-themed event with premium beers and wines paired with manly foods, great service and, we are happy to say, NO games!

  • Smokin' Schoolhouse
    Let us design a private cooking class/party for your group. We can show you that it can be fun to learn - and tasty too.
    Pick from topics like:
    • The Lighter Side of BBQ
      (healthy cooking on the grill)
    • Island BBQ - spirited recipes from the Caribbean
    • Global Grilling
    • Kids 'Que
    • Asian Barbecue
    • Latin Flavors on the Grill
    • Here Fishy Fishy! Gills on the Grill
    • Pizza on the Grill

  • BBQ'n with Booze
    Holy cow, there's a lot to learn about BBQ and its relationship with beer, liquor and wine. Let us plan an event where we pair beer, wine and spirits with beautiful BBQ recipes.

  • Twisted Tailgate Party
    How 'bout a tailgate-inspired party... with a twist. We'll take the pre-game classics and re-tool them to make you look like an MVP. Friends and fans, this is some tailgate magic just waitin' to happen. We'll design the whole darn playbook for ya!

  • Adult-Child Grilling Event
    What a perfect company-wide family event. Put together adult-child teams and, under the tutelage of our Master BBQ Chefs, you'll be grilling like a pro team in no time. How about adding a little competition to the mix? Hmmmm.

  • An Old-Fashioned Pig Roast
    Holy Pork Butt, Batman! It's an authentic pig roast (at our event center or your location of choice). Choose between Hawaiian Luau (brown sugar & pineapple rub) or Southern Style (smoky mesquite rub). Both include an on-site Pit Master, serving staff, customized menu, indirect heat cooking style using only all-natural charcoal (no propane!), meat pick up, prep, travel, site prep, roasting time, carving & presentation, buffet, dinner service, party maintenance and clean up.

  • Customized Events
    If none of the above flips your BBQ trigger, then we'll design something just for you. It's what we do.

The Culinary Center of Kansas City®

Located in Historic Downtown Overland Park 

7920 Santa Fe Drive, Overland Park, KS 66204

Phone: 913/341.4455

Fax: 913/341.5070


Kitchen Shop

Monday  9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Tuesday  9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Wednesday  9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Thursday  9 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Friday  9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Saturday  9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Sunday  Noon - 5 p.m.


We will close at 3 p.m. Christmas Eve and reopen at 9 a.m. Thursday, Dec 27.

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