BBQ Pitmasters Judges Myron Mixon, Warren Sap and Art Smith with Host Kevin Roberts
I will readily admit that when I heard of the drastic format change and watched the first episode of TLC’s BBQ Pitmasters, I was less than thrilled. I loved the format of the old show and the opportunity to see how the BBQ Competitions ran from the inside. I was anxious to see who we were going to follow this year. So after following all the build up on the BBQ Central Radio Show I was pretty skeptical of the new format. I felt that I had to watch at least two episode before making a decision.
So after watching episode two tonight, and accepting the fact that the old BBQ Pitmaster’s formula was probably just too damn expensive for TLC to justify a second season. I realize that if we didn’t get this format, we probably wouldn’t have anything at all. The four team enter, one team wins format of the new TLC’s BBQ Pitmasters is a compelling version of the competition cooking show. After seeing Marlando “Moe” Cason and Melissa Cookston come out on top, I am gaining a respect for the “Pitmaster” that goes beyond competition BBQ.
So I am digging the thought of seeing the show winners compete for the $100,000 prize. The heart and the flexibility of the Pitmasters is just awesome to watch. They can grill, make sides and most important, work the smoker like the BBQ pros that they are. Best part is that they do it on the fly, and can do it with style. These are the best of the best, masters of the BBQ and grill for that matter. They bring it or they go home.
The judges are perfect, Art Smith keeps the crew in line. He knows his food and with the challenges, he keeps it real and adds that expert opinion. Warren Sapp is a great personality, confident and humble, the man just likes to eat and BBQ is a common man’s food. Then there is Myron Mixon, pro on the BBQ circuit, the man simply knows good BBQ. For all the grief Myron gave BBQ judges last year, he walks the walk and the judging panel is solid. Kevin Roberts is the host and that is about as far as he takes it.
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Ok, so I tuned into the first episode of BBQ Pit Masters on TLC and I must say that although it has hints of being overly dramatized, overall it was very entertaining and I loved the suspense of the awards ceremony and all the trials and tribulations of the various pitmasters. They had a great slice of total rookies, to great competitors all the way down to the team from California who were competing in a tourney with a couple of Weber Smokey Joes! Although I have never competed in a KCBS event, I have done a small local tournament once and found that the key ingredient to it all is this fellowship and friendly competition that surrounds an event like this.
There was quite a bit of chest thumping as well as a whole mess of ego in this first episode which was a little disturbing as I had hoped that they would capture the ying and yang of that love of BBQ and competition and not who was the best. But heck, with $10,000 at stake for the Grand Champion I suppose that for some, this is business and pride mixed in with the thrill of the competition.
I was totally mesmerized by Myron Mixon, of Jack’s Old South, who had more beeping in his private interviews and a style all his own! First off, loved his custom made grills, if anyone know whether he makes his own, would love to know. His style was the think that just dropped my jaw and let’s face it, he won the tournament so he BBQ’s to win and I just love that. First of, cooking on brickets with lighter fluid, and not just a squirt, I am talking lighter fluid! Johnny Triggs expressions were priceless and the fact that it did effect the flavor of the food, is a testament to his style.
Thought that this episode was a lot of fun and I look forward to watching some more. My hope is that rather than following the same people for tournament after tournament that they will spread their focus. There are just so many styles out there and when the end result is incredible BBQ, that is the magic of this sport!
Finally, Kate and Jon are gone and we can get down to some serious reality TV and enjoy watching the trials and tribulations of some true American competitors, BBQ Pitmasters! TLC will feature this new series and we are proud to find out early that at least one of our featured Pitmasters, Mike Mills will be featured on the show. Here is a brief Synopsis:
Eight one-hour episodes of BBQ PITMASTERS have been ordered, and is scheduled to premiere December 3 on TLC. The series is produced by Original Media.
BBQ PITMASTERS transports viewers to this competitive cooking subculture, where an estimated 10 million people visit each year to get up-close and personal with the leading chefs of America’s burgeoning barbecue circuit. Like an all-star poker tournament or a championship car race, it is at these events that reputations and respect are gained and lost. For pit masters, the honor rides on the virtues of one perfectly charred rib, and hundreds of thousands of dollars trade hands after a single, mouth-watering bite of brisket.
Finally they recognize that BBQ is not just a hobby, but a competitive sport. We cannot wait to see this and encourage you to check out BBQ Pro Shop where you can grill like a pro and use the rubs and sauces perfected and sold by the pitmasters featured on this show.