The Best Barbecue Competitions & Shows On TV

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Vote up the best shows about finding the best barbecue masters.

Barbecue is an often debated thing, from spelling (are you a "barbeque" or a "barbecue," or do you just go by the easy "BBQ") to dangerous questions like "brisket or ribs" and "charcoal or gas," but everyone can agree on the beauty of the art of the grill or and the best barbecue shows deliver deliciously. This list of barbecue competition shows is ranked from the best to the worst, based on votes from the Ranker community. Thanks to you, we can at least settle one barbecue argument.

More so than any other kind of cooking competition, backyard barbecuers can find themselves on a more even footing with professional pitmasters - the world of barbecue was already competing to see who was the best well before it was ever televised. Shows like The Great American Barbecue Showdown take full advantage of the rich culture of home barbecuing to pit eight of America's best against each other to see who will be crowned the best. Sure, Chef's Table: BBQ isn't a competition but it is a delicious deep-dive into the world of barbecue. From kids (Kids BBQ Championship) to moonshiners (Moonshiners: Smoke Ring), and with options that span styles and states, almost every facet of barbecue is represented.

What are television's best barbecue shows? Vote up the barbecue competitions you think are the best and see where your favorite shows rank.


  • The American Barbecue Showdown
    Photo: The American Barbecue Showdown
    Competitors demonstrate their barbecuing abilities.
    • Premiered: September 18, 2020

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  • BBQ Brawl
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    Bobby Flay and Michael Symon coach eight of the country's most-respected BBQ challengers.
    • Premiered: August 1, 2019

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  • Grill masters face off in an ultimate grilling showdown.
    • Actors: Myron Mixon, Art Smith, Warren Sapp
    • Premiered: December 3, 2009

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  • It's a competition series at its sizzling best as top barbecue chefs in the U.S. engage in heated battles to see who is the Baron of Brisket, the Prince of Pork, the Squire of Sauce... you get the idea! The pitmasters include Stump McDowell of Stump's BBQ, Moe Cason of Ponderosa BBQ, Michael Character of Character BBQ, and Robby Royal of Rescue Smokers, who are aiming to unseat Jack's Old South and its legendary lead chef, Myron Mixon, a 20-year vet of the barbecue circuit. The teams go head-to-head at stops including Rocky Mount, N.C., for the Eastern Carolina BBQ Throwdown; Hawkinsville, Ga., for the Hawkinsville Harvest Fest & BBQ Championship; Vienna, Ga., for the Big Pig Jig; and ...more
    • Premiered: May 26, 2014

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