Updated July 2017.
If diversity is the key to summer success then Whistler is on track for winning August long weekend. While the bee pollen-spirulina-kale smoothie crowd enjoys another great weekend of downward dogs and grounded chakras at the annual Wanderlust Whistler yoga festival in the village and in the forests, Whistler’s carnivores and cowboys will be congregating down at Whistler Creekside for the Bulleit Bourbon Canadian National BBQ Championships from August 4 – 6, 2017.
The championship category is a multi-meat cook-off that includes pork butt, beef brisket, chicken and ribs but the weekend includes a host of other events including the Backyard Burger competition and a chili cook-off.
“My favourite thing about Whistler hosting this contest is showing all my BBQ buddies our dream life up here,” says local professional BBQ competitor BBQ Bob, who took gold for best ribs in 2015 and best burger and King of the Grill in 2010. “Plus, I can bring more toys to my set-up.”
The fun isn’t reserved for the pros though. The BBQ champs also includes multiple all-you-can-eat BBQ dinners at Dusty’s Bar & BBQ, and free music series featuring local bands rocking out some decidedly non-yoga beats. If you are keen to make it a Creekside day out, the Creekside Gondola is now open for Whistler Bike Park access and there’s a couple of lakes nearby. What better way to end a day of DH biking than with an all-you-can-eat BBQ then a dive in the lake (remember to wait 20 minutes after eating)?
There will, of course, be some guests who come to enjoy both Wanderlust and the BBQ championships this weekend. Last year The Insider caught up with “Steve” a visiting yogi with a soft spot for perfectly smoked ribs. After an especially impressive session of Creekside culinary delights someone pointed out to Steve that he was about to miss the massive group yoga event in Whistler Olympic Plaza.
“Hey Steve, you can still make it. Do you need a ride over there man?”
The moral of the story? Never underestimate the allure of pulled pork. Although the Bulleit Bourbon Canadian National BBQ Championships are the high point of Whistler’s carnivore calendar the meaty good times don’t end once the pros pack up their smokers. Check these on-going Whistler BBQ events and try not to drool on your smartphone.
Whistler BBQ Nights: Summer 2017
SIDECUT’s Thursday Courtyard BeerBQ
One of Whistler’s top spots for meat offers it all up, with drink specials from local craft breweries, beer inspired dishes and live music. $34 for adults, $17 for kids 5-12. $10 for kids under 5. Get there early as this one is popular. More Info.
Mountain Top Summer Feast on Whistler Mountain
Friday-Sunday until September 3, then Saturday only until October 7, 2017
Featuring slow roasted prime rib, dry rub BBQ roast chicken, pork ribs with BBQ sauce and maple glazed salmon, this dining at the top of the world, served fresh on the deck at 6000 feet. Multiple seating times available. Admission includes a ticket for the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola so make sure you plan to get up the mountain early to ride it. More Info.
Hunters and Gatherers, A First Nations Feast at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre
Tuesdays and Sundays, 6 PM – 8 PM, May to September
A tour of the Cultural Centre is included in the price of this BBQ for a full evening of entertainment, with an inspired menu featuring buffalo smokies, cedar plank salmon, wild mushroom and barley pilaf and fresh baked bannock. More Info.
Fix BBQ, Nita Lake Lodge
Thursdays, 5 PM – 7 PM, July 6 – September 7
Head the Whistler Creekside for this BBQ on a budget, a steal at $10 for a house made sausage with all the fixings, freshly baked bun, green salad and weekly chefs’ salad, plus specials on beer. More Info.
Whistler BBQ Tours
Like a side of adventure with your BBQ? Take a look at these tours which get you up and away for a meal with a difference.
Salmon Bake 4X4 Tour
All summer long
It’s like a BBQ but with fish. Enjoy a 4×4 Jeep tour to the top of Blackcomb Mountain for a Pacific Salmon feast overlooking the Horstman Glacier and Whistler Valley below. The highest elevation meal in town! More Info.
Salmon Bake ATV Tour
All summer long
Similar to the salmon tour, but you drive your own ATV to dinner. More Info.
Backcountry BBQ ATV Tour
All summer long
Drive your own ATV to a remote alpine cabin on a secluded lake for a BBQ lunch. Serenity included. More Info.
Meat On the Menu: From Steak to Smoke
The following restaurants are known for their meat, wither running a smokin’ hot grill all through summer, offering a selection of serious steaks, a range of BBQ meat and in some cases house-smoked meats as well.