BBQ Class for All Ages to Kick Off Smokin' In Mesquite BBQ Labor Day Weekend at the Casablanca

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Highly-respected expert Dave Bouska to provide instruction on various elements of BBQ.

Dave Bouska brings insight to the BBQ business at the CasaBlanca in Mesquite, Nv.

Wouldn’t you like to be the winner to parade around your block with your prize recipe?

Whether you are a weekend BBQ enthusiast or a master chef who knows how to delight your friends and associates with your expertise in the kitchen, you won’t want to miss the cooking class being taught by highly-respected expert Dave Bouska at the CasaBlanca Resort Thursday, Sept. 2.

The class will be taught from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. and considering Bouska’s rich history in the field of BBQ competition, there is no doubt that you’ll elevate your own cooking talents through participating in Bouska’s fascinating instruction.

Bouska, a native Oklahoman who is ranked among the top competitors in the Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS), brings an enthusiastic approach to the event that kicks off the second annual Smokin’ in Mesquite BBQ Championships on the grounds of the CasaBlanca Resort.

For $150, the BBQ enthusiast searching for an invaluable education related to cooking will get that and more as the CasaBlanca and its staff kicks off one of the richest BBQ competitions in the world during a Labor Day Weekend that undoubtedly will never be forgotten.

Bouska is the professor of his field, to say the least and considering that the field of BBQ competition is quickly taking stage all over the country, it’s easy to see that he is on stage touting a competition near and dear to his heart.

The gathering at the CasaBlanca is the opportunity to spread the word and the wisdom of BBQ with all ages while kicking off the four-day extravaganza.

In the highly-competitive field of BBQ championship events, Bouska is among the best. He is currently ranked No. 6 in the nation and considering that he competes in as many as 30 events each year, it’s easy to see that he is very serious about his career.

Bouska is No. 13 in chicken, No. 4 in ribs, No. 18 in Pork Butt and No. 1 in brisket in the KCBS standings. Last year, the team finished seventh overall, seventh in pork, second in brisket and ninth in chicken.

As noted by Bouska, the popularity of participation in BBQ events is spreading rapidly drawing interested men and women from all over the world in some cases.

“We just got back from a class we taught in Ponca City, Okla., and had students from Hawaii, Mexico, Canada and several states from throughout the nation,” Bouska said. “We even had a guy travel from Scotland.

“For Mesquite, we are getting a cooker from someone in California.”

With the incredible success of the first Smokin’ in Mesquite BBQ competition last year, the addition of the cooking class was a natural.

“Barbecuing is an all-American activity,” said Bouska, 44. “The popularity spreads big-time especially once people see for themselves how much fun everyone has. There is a great science to BBQ, and we want to share that science with everyone.

“This is something like a BBQ 101, and I’m going to share all of my secrets. We are going to review meat selections, the preparations, how to choose the right meat and how to know when the ribs are done or over done.”

In particular, the Back Yard BBQ competition enables the backyard chef to put his or her BBQ recipes up against other BBQ enthusiasts.

“Wouldn’t you like to be the winner to parade around your block with your prize recipe?” asked Bouska. “The Smokin’ in Mesquite event enables everyone from the backyard enthusiast to the professional BBQ cooks to participate. It’s simply one of those events that people will never forget.”

Bouska is a 28-year veteran of the meat business. He is on the board of directors for the Oklahoma/Texas Meat Processors Association in Stillwater, Okla.

Further information regarding Bouska and his team can be found at

The Smokin’ in Mesquite BBQ competition features a $40,000 purse. Sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS), the event offers a bonus to the winner of the Nevada State Championship comprised of top competitors from the Best Damn BBQ held on Memorial Day weekend in Boulder City and the Smokin’ in Mesquite event.

Further information regarding this year’s event can be found by visiting or by calling Christian Adderson at 702-346-7529, ext. 6981.

Those wishing to register for the class should contact Darrell Edwards at 888-711-4653, ext. 11, or e-mail him at dedwards(at)casablancaresort(dot)com.

Contacts: Darrell Edwards, 888-711-4653, ext. 11, or email him at dedwards(at)casablancaresort(dot)com; Christian Adderson at 702-346-7529, ext. 6981, or email him at cadderson(at)casablancaresort(dot)com; or Mike Henle at 702-279-3483 or email mhenle(at)aol(dot)com.


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