Johnny Trigg announces the dates to his barbecue classes on his Facebook page; people can reply with their email addresses to receive a copy of the registration form. In 2012, Shuji Sakai of the OC Weekly reported that a class cost $600, or $300 for the waiting list.
The class that Sakai took in 2012, hosted by Big Poppa Smokers, followed a two-day competition timeline that stated students would experience and witness Johnny Trigg's entire competition procedure. The class did not allow photography or video recording equipment. It also included dinner and breakfast along with a BBQ tasting lunch, and it offered discounted rates at nearby hotels. The $600 nonrefundable fee secures a seat in the class, while the $300 fee only guarantees a spot on the waiting list if someone does not attend.
In 2013, Pork Barrel BBQ labeled Johnny Trigg as one of the 25 most influential people in barbecue. Sometimes nicknamed as the Godfather of BBQ, Trigg had led his competitive team Smokin' Triggers to victory twice at the Jack Daniel's World Championship BBQ Invitational. His team is composed of him and his wife. He is one of the original cast members of BBQ Pitmasters, and in 2012 he was crowned its Grand Champion. That year he was also inducted into the National Barbeque Hall of Fame.