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4 Days Master Grillers: Hall of Flame Culinary Vacation in USA

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Join us for a weekend filled with tangy, finger-lickin’ flavor and stunning wilderness adventures at The Resort at Paws Up. Come to Montana Master Grillers (MMG): Hall of Flame, and you’ll have plenty of opportunities to work up an appetite in the great outdoors, plus the chance to devour some of the very best grilled cuisine in the United States.


  • Grilling and BBQ workshop
  • Butchering and steak tartar demonstration
  • Wilderness adventures for non-participating guests
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 3 nights luxury accommodation
  • Gourmet meals with wines
  • Live music concerts


3 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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At the crossroads of incomparable luxury and unspoiled wilderness lies The Resort at Paws Up. A luxury ranch resort situated on a sprawling 37,000-acre authentic working cattle ranch in western Montana. Whether you choose an expansive private home or a sophisticated, safari-style luxury tent, Paws Up provides an unfiltered connection with the natural beauty of Montana amidst a landscape of impeccable rustic elegance and comfort.

Here, you'll live day to day, adventure to adventure. Spend an hour, a day, or a week on horseback - all in a wilderness sanctuary you'll never forget. Cast a fly in sparkling waters to eager trout, explore the land Lewis & Clark swooned over, or lose yourself in a world-class spa. You'll sleep on the finest sheets, eat world-class cuisine and receive impassioned personalized service. It is home to first-class adventure on a grand scale. The Resort at Paws Up - truly The Last Best Place.

Luxury ranch

Paws Up is a 37,000-acre working Montana ranch. In addition to the over three hundred head of resident elk, you're very likely to see a couple hundred head of stunning Black Angus cows roaming the rolling pastures of the Ranch. The expansive property is a haven for authentic Montana dude ranch activities like trail riding, chuck wagons and cattle drives.

You'll also enjoy a vast menu of wilderness adventures of all kinds. We offer fly-fishing on the legendary Blackfoot River (10 miles of which flow through the Ranch), rappelling off cliffs memorialized by Lewis & Clark, 16 stations of sporting clays shooting, whitewater rafting, ATV riding and a host of programmed activities for kids.

What differentiates Paws Up from a Montana guest ranch is our commitment to luxury. We are Montana's premier luxury ranch resort offering first-class service and luxurious accommodations and amenities.

At Paws Up, once you dismount, you'll step into a world of incomparable creature comforts featuring gourmet cuisine, decadent spa treatments, personalized service, and amenities such as flat-screen TVs, wireless Internet, in-home laundry, heated bathroom floors, rain showers, organic spa products and hot tubs.

From our private luxury homes and luxury tents to our attentive, anticipatory service, getting away to the wilds of a Montana ranch is no longer about roughing it. The Resort at Paws Up is truly The Last Best PlaceTM.

Luxury homes

If you think Paws Up is breathtakingly beautiful on the outside, wait until you step indoors. Catering to a small number of guests, Paws Up offers a selection of vacation homes, each impeccably appointed in an unrivaled tapestry of rustic elegance. These are truly unique dwellings in which no two homes are alike. Indulge in an expansive Wilderness Estate or Big Timber Home, perfect for families, groups or honeymoon couples on a quest for privacy.

Alternatively, hide away in a cozier Meadow Home. For a true Montana experience, stay in our historic Morris Ranch House or Blackfoot River Lodge idyllically situated on the banks of the legendary Blackfoot River. Each home blends western chic decor with a litany of amenities including kitchens, hot tubs, personal transportation, flat-screen TVs with DVD players, high-speed wireless Internet, laundry and more.

Luxury tents

Theres nothing like sleeping under the stars, listening to nature and calling your butler when you need an extra pillow. The Resort at Paws Up is North Americas premier glamping destination, featuring five luxury-tented camps that cater to families, couples and groups. Each safari-like tent features fine linens, The Last Best Bed, chic rustic furnishings, art-adorned walls, electricity, cooling fans, heat and, most importantly, a camping butler at your beck and call.

Refresh yourself in your private ensuite bathroom with a Montana-sized rain shower, jetted tub, heated floors and indulgent organic spa products. Your skilled chef brings new meaning to haute grilling as he cooks before your eyes in the camps dining pavilion. Luxury camping at Paws Up is nature served on a silver platter.


The schedule for Montana Master Grillers 2017 is being finalized. The 2016 schedule is shown below for reference only. Please check back soon.

Day 1, Friday, May 26, 2017

  • Lunch in Trough
  • Local artisan Trunk show
  • Welcome reception in the Bull Barn with the master grillers
  • “Meat and Greet” dinner in the Bull Barn
  • Live entertainment by MudSlide Charley

Day 2, Saturday, May 29, 2017

  • Breakfast at your leisure. Camp guests to dine in Dining Pavilions.
  • A variety of wilderness adventures
  • Grilling demonstration with Chef Wayne Mueller
  • Grilling demonstration with Chef Jonathon Sawyer
  • Lunch at your leisure
  • A variety of wilderness adventures
  • Sporting clays shooting with Dennis Cakebread
  • Local artisan Trunk show
  • Dinner in Pomp featuring Chef Charlie McKenna
  • Live entertainment by Shane Clouse

Day 3, Sunday, May 30, 2017

  • Breakfast at your leisure. Camp guests to dine in Dining Pavilions.
  • A variety of wilderness adventures
  • Butchering demonstration with Chef Ben Jones
  • Chuck wagon lunch featuring Chef Beau MacMillan
  • A variety of wilderness adventures
  • Wine tasting and book signing in Pomp with the master grillers
  • Local artisan Trunk show
  • County fair with the master grillers
  • Live entertainment on the main stage by Trout Steak Revival.
  • Fireworks!

Day 4, Monday, May 31, 2017

  • Breakfast at your leisure. Camp guests to dine in Dining Pavilions.
  • Departures to Missoula International Airport

Schedule details are subject to change.


The Resort at Paws Up is located 35 minutes northeast of Missoula, Montana in Greenough - a little town nestled in the heart of the Blackfoot Valley. Paws Up is a Montana ranch resort located on 37,000 acres of pristine Montana wilderness. 10 miles of the Blackfoot River flow right through our property. It's truly, The Last Best PlaceTM.

It is located a scenic drive away from both Glacier and Yellowstone. Combine the luxury and adventure of Paws Up with the stunning scenery at either of these national parks. It's a great way for you to get to know Montana. Paws Up is centrally located within driving distance of these and other famous attractions in Montana and Wyoming.


  • Bozeman - 3 hours
  • Flathead Lake - 2 hours
  • Glacier Park - 3 hours
  • Jackson Hole - 6 hours
  • Kalispell - 2.5 hours
  • Whitefish - 2.75 hours
  • Yellowstone Park - 5.5 hours



The cuisine at Pomp might be described as refined rustic ranch. Grounded in the fundamentals of classic cooking, our chef uses his background and his imagination to create culinary innovations. Local ingredients are featured, so offerings change just like the seasons.


Trough offers meals with a bit more western flair. Home-cooked flavors mingle with traditional offerings for a rustic, yet refined taste palette. Here, you may find hand-cut meats combined with simply prepared local vegetables. Satisfaction guaranteed. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served daily. However, we must tell you that huckleberry pancakes are only served at breakfast so you can only eat them once per day.


Tank is a full-service bar offering the finest drink selections, and a casual environment complete with flat-screen TVs, music, and spectacular views. It's the perfect place to unwind and reconnect after a day full of adventure.

American cuisine sample menu

Trough breakfast menu

  • Biscuits and Gravy: Hutterite Sausage Gravy, House-Made Biscuits, Eggs Any-Style; Choice of Garlic Spinach or Grilled Asparagus
  • Blackfoot by Caramel: Italian Bread French Toast; Thyme Caramel Apple, Cinnamon Whip
  • Country Omelet: Mushroom, Spinach, Tomato, Pork Sausage; Choice of Swiss, Pepper Jack, Chvre, Cheddar; Choice of Whole Eggs or Egg Whites, Served with Toasted Birdman
  • Eggs Any Style: Choice of Local Bacon, Hutterite Pork Breakfast Sausage, Ham; Served with Two Farm Fresh Eggs, Hash Browns, Toasted Birdman
  • Market Frittata: Choice of Local Bacon, Pork Breakfast Sausage, Ham; Choice of Swiss, Pepper Jack, Chvre, Cheddar; Served with Seasonal Market Vegetables and Toasted Birdman
  • Pancakes a la Paws: Lemon Poppy Seed, Candied Orange and Grand Marnier Syrup; Plain Pancakes Also Available
  • Railroad Spike: Birdman Toad-in-a-Hole, Vanilla Cream, Fresh Berry; Served with Bacon or Sausage, & Hash Browns
  • Steel Cut Oats: Served with Dried Fruit, Brown Sugar, Cream
  • The Bob Benedict: Choice of Thin Sliced Smoked Salmon or Ham;Served with Lemon Tarragon Hollandaise, Toasted English Muffin
  • The Cowboy Continental: Featuring House Made Granola, Greek Yogurt, Seasonal Fresh Fruit; Assorted Danish & Croissant

Trough lunch menu


  • Classic Caesar: Hearts of Romaine, Garlic Parmesan Croutons; White Anchovies Parmesan, House Made Caesar Dressing; Add Grilled Chicken or House-Smoked Salmon
  • Clearwater Cobb: Organic Baby Greens, Point Reyes Blue Crumble; Local Bacon, Grilled Chicken; Hard-Boiled Egg, Roasted Tomato, Avocado; Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette or Blue Cheese Dressing
  • Spring Spinach Salad: Organic Baby Spinach, Grilled Spring Onions; Thyme Roasted Chicken Breast, Herbed Grissini; Asparagus Tips, Creamy Charred Tomato Vinaigrette
  • Wranglers Wedge: Market Baby Romaine, Candied Bacon, Red Onion; Oven-Roasted Tomato, Spiced Pecans; Point Reyes Blue Crumble; Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette or Blue Cheese Dressing; Add Grilled Chicken or Grilled Shrimp

Sandwiches & Specialties

  • Cowboy BLT: Hand Sliced Apple Wood Smoked Ham; Fresh Tomato, Butter Lettuce, Avocado Butter
  • Montana Bison & Brown Ale Chili: Creamy Cheddar, Scallions, Toasted Corn Croutons
  • Monterey Chicken: Herb Grilled Chicken Breast, Birdman Bread, Monterey Jack Cheese, Iceberg Lettuce, Tomato, Spicy Ranch
  • Seeley Lake Sammie: Cucumber, Avocado, Tomato, Bibb Lettuce, Chevr, Sprouts, Toasted Birdman
  • The Last Best Burger: Wagyu Beef, Brioche Roll, House Recipe Burger Sauce, Cheddar, Pickled Onion, Lettuce, Tomato
  • The Last Best Grilled Cheese: Tomato Bisque, Gourmet Grilled Cheese; Sandwich Changes Daily
  • Optional Sides: French Fries, Breaded Onion Rings, Sweet Potato Waffle Fries, Warm German Potato Salad

Pomp dinner menu

First Course

  • Grilled Caesar: White Anchovies, Italian Baguette, Roasted Tomatoes; Frogs Leap Sauvignon Blanc
  • Market Greens: Grilled Nectarine, Roasted Onions & Beets, Herbed Crostini, Beet Oil Vinaigrette, Giocato Pinot Grigio
  • Scallop: Charred Corn Salad, Corn Butter, Corn Nuts, Camelina Vinaigrette; Mer Soleil Chardonnay
  • Truffle Carbonara: Poached Egg, Broccoli, Peas, Bacon, Parmesan Rusk; Mer Soleil Chardonnay
  • Watermelon & Tomato: Radish, Ossau Iraty, Basil & Mint, Tomato Seed Vinaigrette, 20 Year Balsamic; Frogs Leap Sauvignon Blanc
  • White Lump Crab Cake: Sweet & Sour Cabbage, Crispy Wontons, Sesame-Soy Vinaigrette; Deusa Nai Albario

Second Course

  • Bison Tenderloin: from Montrail Farms St Ignatius Mt; Butternut Squash Risotto, Oven Dried Goat Cheese, Flathead Cherry Demi Glace; with Kenefick Ranch Cabernet Franc
  • Duck 2 Ways: Breast & Foie Gras, Rutabaga, Celery Root & Leaves, Ver Jus Reduction; with Kenefick Ranch Cabernet Franc
  • Hutterite Chicken: from Cut Bank Mt; Grilled Peach, Ing, Crispy Leaks, Carrot, Onion, Celery, Pan Jus; with Mer Soleil Chardonnay
  • King Salmon: Bok Choy, Salsify Chip, Cilantro, Sweet Chili Soy; with Mer Soleil Chardonnay
  • Mahi-Mahi: Marcona Almond Puree, Cerignola Olives, Warm Bacon-Spinach Salad; with Giocato Pinot Grigio
  • Wild Mushroom Risotto: Herb Salad; with Hitching Post Pinot Noir


  • Cuts: choose from Beef Tenderloin, Certified Angus Prime Ribeye, New York Strip
  • Sauces: choose from Blue Cheese Sauce, Garlic Herb Butter, Veal Red Wine Glace, Wild Mushroom Cream
  • Wines: choose from Cabernet Sauvignon, Frogs Leap, Rutherford

Featured Distillers

Dulce Vida Organic Tequilas

Dulce Vida produces the only 100-proof organic tequilas in the world. The company's tequilas, certified as 100 percent organic by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), are extremely drinkable and have praised as hot and full of flavor . . . perfect straight up and in your favorite cocktail by

Although they are headquartered in Austin, Texas, Dulce Vida sources its tequila from the Los Altos highlands in the Tequila region of Mexico. This area is well known for producing larger, fruitier agave (ideal for tequila), because of the regions unique climate characteristics and its fresh air and clean soil. The organic agave ensures that Dulce Vida makes tequila the way tequila has always tasted best: pure and powerful and free of any additives. The tequila is distilled in Mexico as well.

In its short market tenure, Dulce Vida has quickly become a highly decorated and recognized craft tequila, lending to the companys claim to be the Most Awarded Tequila of all. Top honors have been earned from the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, the New York International Spirits Competition, the Los Angeles International Spirits Competition, the SIP Awards and Dulce Vida has also garnered first place medals from several recognized packaging associations.

RoughStock Distillery

RoughStock Distillery of Bozeman, Montana, is another featured distillery at Montana Master Grillers, and Paws Ups appreciation for small-batch whiskeys is at an all-time high as a result. RoughStock became Montana's first legal distillery since Prohibition when it opened in 2009 and the first to make whiskey in Montana in more than 100 years. With the beautiful grain grown throughout Montana and the pure mountain snowmelt in the states lakes, streams and rivers, it was a no-brainer that Montana was meant for making whiskey. Paws Up is overjoyed that RoughStock answered the call.

Tito's Handmade Vodka

Tito's Handmade Vodka will be a big part of Montana Master Grillers, and Paws Up couldn't be more excited about that. Not only is Tito's headquartered in Austin, Texas - a town known for its fabulous barbecue - Tito's is also produced at the oldest legal distillery in Texas. The founder and owner of Tito's, Tito Beveridge, came up with his award-winning recipe for vodka after years of experimentation and trial and error, and the company was literally built with his own hands (and his own money) from the ground up.

Part of his goal was to make a vodka that was so smooth you could drink it straight, so the company utilized a process similar to that used to make high-end French cognacs and fine single-malt scotches. And that's still the process that Tito's uses today, producing vodka in small batches with old-fashioned pot stills and taste-testing every batch to make sure vodka lovers get the best vodka available. The process requires more skill and effort than others, but it's well worth it.

Things to do (optional)


Our 37,000 acres of resort, 100 miles of trails, 10 miles of the Blackfoot River and 1.5-million acres of the nearby Bob Marshall Wilderness combine to make for the ultimate wilderness playground for adults and kids alike.

Saddle up for a definitive Montana horseback riding adventure, take your best shot at a world-class sporting clays course, or experience Montana fly fishing with an expert guide or kick up some dust on an ATV tour. And, if that doesnt satisfy your adventure appetite, theres also swimming, boating, hiking, mountain biking, paintball, rafting, kayaking, rappelling and more.

Cowboy up

From spectacular views of the legendary Blackfoot River to Jones Pond and the endless conifer forests, our horseback adventures offer a wide-eyed gulp of the Montana wilderness. Well send you off with your private wrangler along the edge of a pristine Montana meadow, where youll explore a trail forested with ancient Ponderosas as you rise to a ridge overlooking scenic Paws Up Ranch.

Whether youre an experienced rider or youve never been in the saddle before, youll lay eyes on sight after historical and breathtaking sight during your unforgettable horseback excursion. Junior wrangler and other custom riding programs are available in Montanas largest private equestrian center The Saddle Club at Paws Up.

Legendary fly-fishing

Every fisherman has an image of the perfect trout stream: cold rivers, stunning scenery, solitude and large, eager fish. Here, youll redefine your image of perfect as you wade through it every day. Youll cast to rising fish again and again whether youre wading off the banks of the Bitterroot or floating the Missouri or Blackfoot Rivers.

The rivers are legendary, much like your fishing tales to come. The South Fork of the Flathead and countless other tributaries tumble straight from high-elevation snow pack and glaciers. These perfectly untamed wilderness rivers offer unrivaled dry-fly fishing for species such as the wild Westslope Cutthroat Trout. So, if you'd like a chance to find fly-fishing heaven, join us at Paws Up for the angling adventure of a lifetime.

The saddle club

The Resort at Paws Up is home to Montanas premier equestrian center The Saddle Club at Paws Up. Many guests spend entire vacations under the keen eye of our experienced trainers, where riding skills can be polished, and new ones learned. Novice to expert, every rider will enjoy a range of services, from private lessons to group rides, tours and even horse-care lessons.

The Saddle Club at Paws Up is the largest private equestrian center in Montana, featuring a 23,000-square-foot riding arena, seating for 150 spectators, a VIP skybox suite with full bar, 52 stalls and more than 100 miles of glorious riding trails. Unique, luxurious, and absolutely gigantic, The Saddle Club is the perfect facility for any group or corporate function, in any season. It's ideal for rodeos, equestrian shows, equestrian training, expositions or parties of any kind.

Ranch activities

Paws Up is situated on a sprawling, 37,000-acre working cattle ranch. Join us for authentic western ranch activities like a cattle drive. Novice and advanced riders alike will team up with seasoned ranch hands in driving a herd of cattle for the experience of a lifetime. Youll saddle up your horse and set out to gather the cattle and trail them to the working corrals, sort them, then trail them back to their home pasture. Its an unforgettable adventure that will help you discover your inner wrangler. Other ranch activities include a junior wrangler program and scenic wagon rides.

Kids corp discovery

Paws Up features a pristine environment most kids only see on TV. Supervised, age-appropriate activities include everything from horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking and fishing to nature education, authentic ranch adventures and wildlife appreciation. The Paws Up Kids Corps of Discovery programs, held seven days a week, include organized, themed activities, crafts and daily feedings of the baby animals at the Cow Pokes Corral.

Resort activities and adventures

  • Access to Fitness Center
  • Activities in The Lewis & Clark Reception Barn including billiards, assorted books and games
  • Archery rentals
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Bocce Ball
  • Croquet
  • Disc Golf
  • Extensive hiking trail system including access to the nearby Lubrecht Experimental Forest
  • Fishing equipment rentals including fly rods, spinning rods and waders
  • Geocaching
  • Group yoga classes
  • Horseshoes
  • Ladder Golf
  • Playground
  • Pony Rides
  • Volleyball

Spa treatments

Discretely nestled on the edge of an expansive meadow, in the waving shade of soaring pines - sits Spa Town at Paws Up. Made up of eleven oversized, impeccably appointed tents, Spa Town is one of the most unique spas ever to be built. This haven of relaxation offers natural light, soothing sounds and indigenous aromas - and thats just the reception tent.

A winding boardwalk takes you to the privacy of your own treatment tent where one of our talented therapists will provide healing treatments for mind, body and spirit. Every moment at this unique sanctuary brings treasured relaxation and rejuvenation. Spa Town gives new meaning to the term getting lost in the woods.

What's included

  • 3 activities of choice per person (horseback riding, ATV tours, sporting clays and much more). Guests may also sign up for the cattle drive for an additional cost of USD 100 per person.
  • 3 nights in a luxury home or luxury tent
  • All daily meals, snacks, and non-alcoholic beverages
  • All taxes and resort fee, transportation from/to Missoula International Airport and on-property transportation
  • Daily lunch demonstrations by featured chefs and grillmasters
  • Daily wine, whiskey, beer and bourbon tastings
  • Gourmet dinners prepared nightly by world-renowned chefs and grillmasters

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

The Resort at Paws Up may feel like it's a million miles away from the everyday, but we're easier to get to than you might think. Missoula International Airport features a number of major airlines and direct, daily flights. We're located just a 30-minute scenic drive from the airport, so no long car rides.

Complimentary, round-trip transportation between the airport and the Resort (a 150 USD value) is included. There are also many one-stop flights from most major cities. Non-stop flights from Los Angeles (Delta) and Chicago (Southwest) to Spokane, WA. Spokane is located 230 miles from Paws Up, approximately 3.5 hours by car.

Direct flights

  • Atlanta via Delta
  • Chicago via United
  • Denver via United
  • Las Vegas via Allegiant
  • Los Angeles via Allegiant
  • Minneapolis via Delta
  • Oakland via Allegiant
  • Phoenix via Allegiant
  • Portland via Horizon
  • Salt Lake City via Delta
  • San Francisco via United
  • Seattle via Horizon
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