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Lake Havasu BBQ 101 Class - January 24th 2014
Artesia NM Competiton Class - January 31 to February 1st 2014
Great Bend Competition Class - March 21st and 22nd 2014
Loveland CO Grill Class - April 3rd 2014
Loveland Competition Class - April 4th and 5th 2014
Huron, SD - April 25th and 26th
BBQ 101, Stratford TX - Dec 7th 2014

BBQ Class Testimonials

Kelly Wertz and his competition 4 Legs Up BBQ class was fabulous and certainly worth more than the price of admission. Even though my wife and I had already been on the circuit for a year and pulled in a number of top tens we learned tricks that we put into action at our next competition.

Kelly explains everything completely and well, nothing is a secret, nothing is left out. From kitchen organization to butchery to injections and rubs and on through a complete cook a rookie, but particularly someone already familiar with BBQ will love all that Kelly has to offer.

John Anderson
Woodhouse BBQ
St. Helena, CA 94574

I had looked forward to your class with great excitement and it turned out to be one of the best days of barbecue I have spent and exceeded any and all of my expectations.  I marveled at the insights you gave us into your way of thinking as it is light years ahead of most of the folks who cook. I was very impressed with your lecture on box design and it has encouraged me to “think outside the clamshell box.”

It would be hard to list all of the meaningful techniques and skills I learned in the class. I had never cooked a whole chicken and your technique has me waiting for the weekend to try it again. You answered all of my questions graciously and thoroughly. I also appreciated your recommendations on several products like the knife sharpeners and thermometer.

Thank you for all the effort and thought you put into giving us a very worthwhile and full day.  I would, and will, recommend the class without reservation or hesitation, to any of my friends who are interested.

Bob & Louise Sammons
OOPS Outstanding Order of the Pig Society
BBQ Team
Grand Junction CO.


My name is Chris Zordel of Smell What's Cookin BBQ team. Last year I took part in a local fair BBQ contest. The grand prize was a BBQ school from Kelly Wertz of 4 Legs Up BBQ. In November of 2009 I took the class. What Kelly taught us was real help full. He showed us how to trim the meats and also the quality of meats to look for. He went over several different things in the class like building your own rubs. He had seasonings there I had never heard of before. We cooked all the meats for a competition. Then we had Master Certified KCBS judges there to judge our things and give us critiques on it and also for us to get a insight on what the judges do at a contest. They also explained a lot of things to us on why maybe some of your scores are up and down. Like 4 judges giving you good scores and 2 others giving you average or low scores. It helped me understand about that and maybe why you get those low scores once in awhile.

I took what I learned to the next contest which was Winter Q in Great Bend Kansas. It was a great contest to where the teacher and the student could face off. The student beat the teacher at this event. I placed 5th overall, with a 1st place in Brisket out of 56 great teams and Kelly placed 9th overall. Up until I took this class I was always in the middle of the pack. The contest I have been to since I have done well at them. I owe a big thanks to Kelly for taking his time to show us and be able to pick up those little hints he threw out there. I would highly recommend the class to anyone. It is all hands on and he is a great instructor.

Chris Zordel
Smell What’s Cooking BBQ Team
Dodge City, KS