Memorial Day traditionally marks the beginning of grilling season (even though we all know that it begins January 1st and ends on December 31st). To celebrate the holiday, Destination America will be chock full of BBQ and grilling television for your entertainment value!
Beginning on Memorial Day, Monday, May 26, the week kicks off with a marathon of the smokin’ hot series, BBQ PITMASTERS followed by a one-hour sneak peek of the new series BBQ PIT WARS, featuring top pitmasters in the country going head-to-head on the national BBQ circuit to prove who is a bona-fide BBQ black belt. The line-up of sizzling new shows also includes all-new special HOLY SMOKERS, which highlights church-based BBQ competition, and the one-hour special FOOD WARS: BBQ. The week is topped off with another helping of new episodes of BBQ PITMASTERS andBBQ PIT WARS on Saturday May 31 at 9/8c and 10/9c respectively.
BBQ PIT WARS – New Series Sneak Peek Premieres Monday, May 26 at 10/9c
It’s the All-Stars of BBQ! Follow four noted BBQ teams – including Jack’s Old South led by the “winningest man in BBQ,” Myron Mixon, 20+-year vet of ‘cue competition,Stump McDowell of Stump’s BBQ, top competitor, Moe Cason of Ponderosa BBQ, and Michael Character of Character BBQ, as they compete against one another to reveal what it’s really like when you’re in the high ‘steaks’ heat of battle. The teams go head-to-head at stops along the eastern seaboard including Rocky Mount, NC for the “Eastern Carolina BBQ Throwdown,” Hawkinsville, GA for the “Hawkinsville Harvest Fest & BBQ Championship,” Vienna, GA for the “Big Pig Jig,” and Jacksonville, FL for the “1st Annual Smokin’ Flamingo BBQ Festival.”
As an aside, I had the chance to watch an episode of this in advance. Those of you who are fans of the first season of BBQ Pitmasters will enjoy this series!
HOLY SMOKERS – One-Hour Special Premieres Tuesday, May 27 at 10/9c
They pray hard and compete even harder. Meet the folks who are as passionate about their BBQ as they are faithful to their church. This competition takes smoked meats to heavenly heights when the holiest of expert BBQ judges descend on a small town church gathering offering the congregation a chance to win money for their favorite local charity. Don’t let their benevolent beliefs fool you, these competitors aren’t afraid to talk smack as they attempt to smoke the competition!
FOOD WARS: BBQ – One-Hour Special Premieres Wednesday, May 28 at 10/9c
More than a delicious meal, barbecue is an entire way of life for many. And while everyone agrees that barbecue rates as one of America’s favorite entrees, regional wars rage over the proper ways to prepare it. Food critics concur that there are four barbecue meccas in the United States: the Carolinas, Memphis, Kansas City and Texas, but there’s a heated debate over who takes top prize for BBQ ribs, beef brisket and pork. On a mission to tackle this meaty question, we hit the road to sink our teeth into some of the most delectable barbecue in the nation. And don’t miss the scorching dispute over who is the true Baron of Brisket, Prince of Pork and Squire of Sauce. So tuck in your napkin, pull up a plate and get ready to rumble—because this will get messy… it’s a BBQ food fight!
Finally, the first of the semi-final episodes of this season of BBQ Pitmasters airs on Saturday, May 31st at 9pm EST. The episode — “Ribs, Ribs, and More Ribs” — will bring together three of the opening round winners to compete for a chance to move on to the final cook-off! Click here to view the brackets.