BBQ Pit Wars

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  • 2014
  • 2 Seasons
  • 7.7  (39)

BBQ Pit Wars is a reality TV show that premiered on Destination America in 2014. The show follows the fierce competition among some of the best pitmasters in America as they go head-to-head in various contests to see who can create the most mouth-watering and delicious barbeque dishes.

The show is hosted and judged by Michael and Tracy Mixon, a father and daughter duo who come from a long line of award-winning pitmasters. Michael Mixon is a four-time world champion pitmaster while his daughter Tracy is a successful businesswoman and marketing expert. They are joined by Bill Wheeler, a BBQ expert and author who serves as a co-judge and mentor to the competing teams.

Each episode of BBQ Pit Wars showcases a different BBQ contest, ranging from well-established competitions like the Memphis in May World Championship BBQ Cooking Contest to lesser-known regional events. The competing teams are given a specific meat to cook, such as brisket, pork shoulder, or ribs, and are tasked with creating the best dish possible using their own unique pit-smoking techniques and flavors.

One of the show's main draws is the variety of pitmasters and BBQ styles that are featured. Some come from small, family-owned barbecue joints in the heart of Texas, while others are seasoned veterans from BBQ meccas like Kansas City and Memphis. Each team has their own secrets to success, whether it's a secret rub recipe or a unique smoking technique, and the show gives viewers an inside look at how these pitmasters create their mouth-watering dishes.

Throughout each episode, Michael, Tracy, and Bill provide expert critique and feedback on each dish while also sharing their own BBQ tips and tricks. The judges focus on various aspects of the dishes, including presentation, flavor, texture, and tenderness. They also take into consideration the pitmaster's creativity and innovation, looking for dishes that push the boundaries and showcase new and exciting flavors.

The competition heats up as each team tries to outdo one another and impress the judges. There are plenty of tense moments as pitmasters struggle to get their dishes just right, and there are even a few surprise twists and turns along the way. The winning team in each episode is awarded a cash prize and bragging rights, while the losing teams are sent home with valuable lessons learned and a desire to improve their BBQ skills.

Overall, BBQ Pit Wars is a fun and exciting show for anyone who loves BBQ and competition. It's a great way to learn more about the art and science of pit-smoking and to see some of the best pitmasters in America in action. With its engaging hosts and diverse range of contestants, the show is sure to keep viewers hooked and hungry for more.

BBQ Pit Wars is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (9 episodes). The series first aired on May 26, 2014.

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Roman Roast on the River
4. Roman Roast on the River
August 13, 2015
The BBQ masters head to Georgia for the Roman Roast on the River barbecue contest.
BBQ Boogie & Blues
3. BBQ Boogie & Blues
August 6, 2015
This week, 36 top-notch teams pack up their rigs and head out to Calhoun, GA., to compete at the BBQ Boogie and Blues Festival and stake their claim on $8000 of prize money.
Tri-State BBQ Festival
2. Tri-State BBQ Festival
July 30, 2015
Fifty-two teams compete this week for the $10,000 in cash prizes at the Tri- State BBQ festival in Dothan, Alabama.
Smoke on the Water
1. Smoke on the Water
July 23, 2015
It's the first stop for our Pit Warriors, and they're heading to Thomaston, Georgia to compete in the Smoke on the Water BBQ Festival. Myron Mixon, Robby Royal, Michael Character and Ernest Servantes will be taking on each other as well as 62 other teams.
Where to Watch BBQ Pit Wars
BBQ Pit Wars is available for streaming on the Destination America website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch BBQ Pit Wars on demand at Amazon Prime, Philo, Amazon, Vudu, Destination America, FuboTV, Microsoft Movies & TV, Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    May 26, 2014
  • IMDB Rating
    7.7  (39)