The Outdoor Life Network (OLN) debuts its series, â€œAll-Star BBQ Showdownâ€ on July 23. Lincolntonâ€™s motorcycle and barbecue festival, Hog Happening, will be the setting for one of the upcoming episodes.
The series seeks to crown the ultimate barbecue champion by pitting eight award-winning â€œBBQ All-Starsâ€ against amateur challengers in nine face-offs at local competitions in eight states.
Each episode involves a cook-ff between two of the pit masters and one local amateur, all competing against each other for a $3,000 prize and a chance to advance to the finals. In the finals, the top four all-stars and two amateurs from the season compete for a grand prize of $25,000 and the title â€œBest Barbecue Chef in America.â€ The final episode will take place in New York City.
The first two premiere episodes will air back-to-back on July 23, beginning at 11:30 a.m. with an encore at 7 p.m. and 11 p.m.
On Saturday, July 30, the series will settle into its 10 p.m. time slot, airing two new episodes back-to-back each week.
The competition will culminate in a one-hour grand finale airing August 20, where one master will emerge as the best barbecue chef in America.
The show was the co-creation of Americaâ€™s best-known barbecue pit masters and 10-time world champion, Christ Lily of Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q in Decatur, Ala., as well as Emmy-award winning writer John Markus.
by Staff Reports