The winners won't be revealed until tomorrow night, but two local barbecue competitors - brothers Mike and Joe Pearce of the Squeal Like a Pig barbecue team - will be seen in a smoking skirmish on the sixth season of Destination America Channel's show, BBQ Pitmasters. In the world of competitive barbecue, the Squeal Like a Pig team (and yes, the name was inspired by the famous line in Deliverance) has a third member, Brandon Whipple. "But the teams on the TV show can only have two members," says Mike Pearce. The show featuring the Pearce brothers - facing off against Fergolicious from Gardner, Kansas, and the Sugarfire Smoke House from St. Louis - will be aired locally at 8 p.m. on Destination America,
Mike Pearce says he sent off an audition tape last December and got the phone call from the producers of BBQ Pitmasters in early January. He says the show's staff was intrigued by having two brothers on a team - and ones who had grown up making barbecue.
"We've been cooking our whole lives," Pearce says.
Pitch reader Rick Murphy wrote to us to find out if there was ever going to be a new season of the locally produced show, Check, Please!, created and aired by Kansas City's PBS station, KCPT, and hosted by author and nationally known sommelier Doug Frost.
"I don't think so," says Frost, who served as moderator for the program, which permitted "regular people" to review local restaurants. It lasted four seasons and still airs in reruns. "It suffocated for lack of funding."
But Frost returns to the airwaves this week, but in a different format.
Yesterday came word that FX has purchased Texts From Bennett to adapt into a television show.
In Iron Chef America, two chefs do battle in Kitchen Stadium, having to produce a full coterie of dishes made with a secret ingredient. At the end of an hour, a panel of judges (Anthony Anderson, Karine Bakhoum and Michael Ruhlman) determines the winner. The show airs 10 p.m. Sunday, January 27, on the Food Network.
A show narrated by Anthony Bourdain and hosted by chef David Chang was eventually going to end up in Kansas City for barbecue. And in the 15th episode, appropriately titled "Smoke," of the PBS show "The Mind of a Chef," there's a loving tribute to Oklahoma Joe's.
It's a few smoked food beauty shots for your Monday afternoon. But if you're hoping for the secret ingredient to Oklahoma Joe's success, marketing director Doug Worgul isn't giving it out. He's happy to note that there's salt, pepper and paprika, but the key ingredients are simply left under the title of "other spices."
The Iron Chef America episode featuring Tio and Symon airs at 10 p.m. Sunday, January 27, and will be rebroadcast on January 28 at 1 a.m. Odds are that Tio will plan a watch party at Julian (themed dinners have coincided with her previous reality-television appearances), and we'll update this post accordingly.
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