They're part chef, part athlete, and part five-star general. They talk a big game and walk it like they talk it every step of the way, no-nonsense men and women with grease on their hands, sweat on their brows and meat on their minds from sun-up to sundown. They are the BBQ Pitmasters, the leading cooks of America's burgeoning barbecue circuit, where reputations and respect ride on the virtues of one perfectly glazed rib, and where hundreds of thousands of dollars are won or lost after a single, mouth-watering bite of brisket.

Season 1, Episode 1

Smokin' in Mesquite

As temperatures soar, it's not just the meat that's getting cooked when teams head to the desert for the Smokin' in Mesquite BBQ Championship for a taste of the $40,000 in cash and prizes.

Friday
Aug 6
8pm | 7c
Season 1, Episode 2

Decatur Jaycees Riverfest

Cooking skills, nerves and patience are tested at the historic Riverfest Barbecue Cookoff in Decatur, AL as the Pitmasters battle for the $3,000 top prize.

Friday
Aug 6
9pm | 8c
Season 1, Episode 3

Murphysboro Barbecue Cook-off

The pressure's on as teams compete in one of the most difficult cook-offs of the year - the Murphysboro Barbecue Cook-off. Lee Ann and Myron face off in the whole hog competition while tempers flare between Johnny and one of the local cooks.

Friday
Aug 6
10pm | 9c
Season 1, Episode 4

American Royal Invitational Barbecue

Stakes are high when the best cook teams in the country are invited to the American Royal Invitational in Kansas City, Missouri. Myron faces his biggest rival on the circuit, restaurateur Chris Lilly. When Rookie Paul begs for help from pro Johnny Trigg.

Friday
Aug 6
11pm | 10c
Season 1, Episode 1

Smokin' in Mesquite

As temperatures soar, it's not just the meat that's getting cooked when teams head to the desert for the Smokin' in Mesquite BBQ Championship for a taste of the $40,000 in cash and prizes.

Saturday
Aug 7
12am | 11c
Season 1, Episode 2

Decatur Jaycees Riverfest

Cooking skills, nerves and patience are tested at the historic Riverfest Barbecue Cookoff in Decatur, AL as the Pitmasters battle for the $3,000 top prize.

Saturday
Aug 7
1am | 12c
Season 1, Episode 3

Murphysboro Barbecue Cook-off

The pressure's on as teams compete in one of the most difficult cook-offs of the year - the Murphysboro Barbecue Cook-off. Lee Ann and Myron face off in the whole hog competition while tempers flare between Johnny and one of the local cooks.

Saturday
Aug 7
2am | 1c
Season 1, Episode 4

American Royal Invitational Barbecue

Stakes are high when the best cook teams in the country are invited to the American Royal Invitational in Kansas City, Missouri. Myron faces his biggest rival on the circuit, restaurateur Chris Lilly. When Rookie Paul begs for help from pro Johnny Trigg.

Saturday
Aug 7
3am | 2c
Season 1, Episode 5

American Royal Open Barbecue

The crowds are out for the American Royal Open in Kansas City, MO where professional and amateur teams come together to represent the full spectrum of the BBQ world. The Pitmasters step it up to compete with nearly 500 teams for over 40K in prizes.

Friday
Aug 20
8pm | 7c
Season 1, Episode 6

Diamond State BBQ

The competition heats up in the northeast, even as temperatures fall at the Diamond State BBQ Championship in Dover, DE. Harry's former teammate, Gary, competes on his own and Tuffy does Myron a favor, which could end up hurting his own chances.

Friday
Aug 20
9pm | 8c
Season 1, Episode 7

Johnny Trigg's Shootout

It's a true Texas showdown when the Godfather of Ribs, Johnny Trigg, challenges his closest friends and fiercest rivals to compete in an all-rib Shootout. For the first time ever, the cookers watch the judges reactions, both good and shockingly bad.

Friday
Aug 20
10pm | 9c
Season 1, Episode 8

The Big Pig Jig

Pitmasters are going hog wild at the oldest BBQ event in Georgia - the Big Pig Jig. Myron's on his home turf defending his title as self-proclaimed king of hog while Tuffy faces a double challenge as he attempts his first whole hog on a new pit.

Friday
Aug 20
11pm | 10c
Season 1, Episode 5

American Royal Open Barbecue

The crowds are out for the American Royal Open in Kansas City, MO where professional and amateur teams come together to represent the full spectrum of the BBQ world. The Pitmasters step it up to compete with nearly 500 teams for over 40K in prizes.

Saturday
Aug 21
12am | 11c