Thrill of the grill

Learn how to cook it low and slow at a masterclass with Pitmaster Mike Corcoran at Inchydoney Island Lodge and Spa


I f the selection of barbecues and equipment in our What We Like selection on page 8 has you reaching for the charcoal, but your grilling technique could use a little work, sign up for a weekend stay at Inchydoney Island Lodge and Spa on June 14th-16th. Pitmaster Mike Corcoran will be doing a masterclass on Saturday, June 15th, sharing the secrets of low and slow American- style barbecue, as well as how to get the best out of charcoal and gas barbecues, and how to smoke with hardwood.

Corcoran, who produces a range of barbecue sauces and spice rubs under his Mike’s BBQ label, honed his craft in Chicago, before coming to live in Cork. He runs a BBQ Academy in Ballinascarthy, Co Cork and also visits would-be cooks at home to show them how to master their barbecue, and cook their favourite dishes on it – without falling into the carbonated crust, raw interior trap.

At the Inchydoney masterclass Corcoran will cook steaks, burgers, pulled pork and ribs, and participants will be expected to bring healthy appetites to sample the taste of real American barbecue.

The weekend, including the barbecue masterclass, two nights’ B&B in an ocean view room and access to the Lodge’s spa, costs from €220 per person. You can add a spa package to the barbecue weekend for an additional €80 (reduced from €120).
The stunning views are free.