When Shannon Ambrosio became a chef, he traveled the South to learn everything he could about traditional southern BBQ. Now that he's conquered the BBQ scene in New York, he and his boys are hitting the road to see if he can measure up against the best pit masters in the south.

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Season 1, Episode 6

Meat and Potato Brawl

Brooklyn pitmaster Shannon Ambrosio heads down to the coastal city of Charleston, S.C., to challenge local barbecue favorites, Right on Que, to a South Carolina-style BBQ meat on the bone and potato competition! Right on Que is famous in Charleston for their pork, so if Shannon wants to "cue" up a win with the judges, he's going to need to get some inspiration from the local flavors.

Tuesday
May 1
7:30pm | 6:30c
Season 1, Episode 1

BBQ Brisket Brawl

Brooklyn BBQ maverick Shannon heads to Ft. Worth, Texas to take on family BBQ dynasty Cousins Bar-B-Que in a smoked brisket cook off. To help Shannon prepare for brawl, local legend Jack Perkins reveals the secret ingredient to his award-winning brisket - espresso. After creating his own signature coffee blend, Shannon's inspired to combine the coffee with his other favorite beverage - whiskey - in an Irish Coffee brisket marinade. The one thing Shannon didn't prepare for in this battle? "Texas" Shannon - a feisty pit mistress who isn't letting Shannon take this battle without a fight. It's family vs. family as Shannon and his brother, Big Rich, go head to head against the BBQ establishment.

Thursday
Jul 26
7am | 6c
Season 1, Episode 2

BBQ Pulled Pork Brawl

Brooklyn pit master Shannon heads to Shreveport, Louisiana to battle local BBQ legend Hickory Stick in a down home, down south pulled pork sandwich cook off. Shannon may be a master up north, but to smoke the competition down on the bayou, Shannon needs to make a few pit stops to learn the local flavors and get some inspiration for his Italian-inspired twist on Louisiana-style 'cue. Hickory Stick owners Linda and Scott have perfected their classic pulled pork sandwich over 38 years, but Shannon's hoping his sweet and savory crawfish zeppole side dish may help win over the judges' tastebuds. Will Shannon claim victory or will tradition win the day?

Thursday
Jul 26
7:30am | 6:30c
Season 1, Episode 3

Sweet and Savory Brawl

Brooklyn pitmaster Shannon Ambrosio is heading to the Gulf Coast of Mississippi to challenge local barbecue favorites, Murky Waters, to a Southern-style barbecue sandwich showdown! Shannon may be the king up north, but if he wants to reign triumphant against these Southern aficionados he'll need to find some inspiration from the local flavors. Will putting his Brooklyn spin on traditional Southern barbecue be enough to win over the judges, or will Murky Waters keep the title of best BBQ in town?

Thursday
Jul 26
8am | 7c
Season 1, Episode 4

BBQ Chicken on the Fly Brawl

Brooklyn chef and barbecue expert, Shannon Ambrosio, is crossing Alabama state lines into Mobile for his next challenge, a BBQ chicken on the fly with a Southern sweet showdown! Owners Benny and Dara started Meat Boss just three years ago, but their barbecue and pulled pork is already legendary in these parts! Will Shannon's take on Southern barbecue be enough to make him the new boss in town and win over the judges? Let the battle of the meat boss begin!

Thursday
Jul 26
8:30am | 7:30c
Season 1, Episode 5

Swine and Swill Brawl

Chef Shannon Ambrosio and his brother Big Rich head down to the bustling city of Atlanta to take on family-run, innovative barbecue favorite, Sweet Auburn, to a swine and swill showdown! Will Shannon's take on Atlanta barbecue be enough to win over the judges and lead to a sweet victory for the boys from Brooklyn?

Thursday
Jul 26
9am | 8c
Season 1, Episode 6

Meat and Potato Brawl

Brooklyn pitmaster Shannon Ambrosio heads down to the coastal city of Charleston, S.C., to challenge local barbecue favorites, Right on Que, to a South Carolina-style BBQ meat on the bone and potato competition! Right on Que is famous in Charleston for their pork, so if Shannon wants to "cue" up a win with the judges, he's going to need to get some inspiration from the local flavors.

Thursday
Jul 26
9:30am | 8:30c
Season 2, Episode 13

TV Dinner BBQ Brawl

Brooklyn Pitmaster, Shannon Ambrosio heads to Indianapolis, to challenge local barbecue favorites, His Place Eatery, in a smoked meatloaf challenge served TV dinner style! With help from Chris Morrison from Black Metal BBQ, these two aim to impress the judges and beat the competition with their "Brooklyn-ized" take on BBQ smoked meatloaf. You've never seen TV dinners like this before!

Thursday
Aug 23
7am | 6c
Season 2, Episode 14

Bourbon and Bacon BBQ Brawl

Brooklyn chef and barbecue expert, Shannon Ambrosio is heading south to Louisville, Ky. to challenge Pitmaster Chris Williams and his boys from 502 Cafe in a Bourbon and Bacon Brawl. 502 Cafe knows their bourbon, but Shannon isn't making it that easy on this Kentucky crew, because both teams must serve their dishes pizza style. With the help of Kentucky local, Chef Loreal Gavin, Shannon gathers some great local ingredients to infuse into his BBQ pizza recipe. Which pizza will charm the Kentucky judges? And who will go home without the bacon?

Thursday
Aug 23
7:30am | 6:30c
Season 2, Episode 8

Big, Bad Sandwich Slam

Brooklyn pitmaster Shannon Ambrosio is turning up the heat as he heads to Albuquerque, N.M. to challenge local barbecue favorite Pepper's BBQ to a sandwich slam. Since Shannon is battling a pepper, both teams need to use peppers in their dishes! Will Shannon's northern take on southern barbecue be enough to set the judges taste buds on fire?

Thursday
Aug 23
8am | 7c
Season 2, Episode 7

Smokin' Sausage Showdown

Brooklyn pitmaster, Shannon Ambrosio is heading to Phoenix to challenge local favorites Pork on a Fork BBQ to a serious smokin' sausage showdown! If Shannon wants to smoke the competition in this battle, he'll have to find some inspiration from the local flavors.

Thursday
Aug 23
8:30am | 7:30c
Season 2, Episode 3

Schoolyard Lunch Bag Brawl

Brooklyn pitmaster Shannon Ambrosio heads to the bustling city of Tulsa. to challenge chef Adam Myers of Burn Co. to an old-fashioned barbecue battle! Since Tulsa is known for their "Oklahoma Tenderloin"-or smoked bologna, a staple in every kids school lunch-- this is going to be a schoolyard lunch bag brawl! Shannon's going to have to get some inspiration from the local flavors if he wants Burn Co. to be feeling the burn.

Thursday
Aug 23
9am | 8c
Season 2, Episode 5

Double Trouble Brawl: Seafood Two Ways

Brooklyn pitmaster Shannon Ambrosio is heading west to take on twin sisters Jocelyn and Jacalyn of Twins Smoke House BBQ in Long Beach, Calif. to a double trouble barbecue brawl! Since this battle is on the west coast, the ingredients need to be fresh-- straight from the sea!

Thursday
Aug 23
9:30am | 8:30c
Season 2, Episode 2

Pig on a Stick BBQ Brawl

Brooklyn pitmaster Shannon Ambrosio is crossing Arkansas state lines into Little Rock for his next barbecue challenge, pig on a stick. When the locals want great barbecue, they head straight to Southern Gourmasian. If Shannon wants to stick it to his competitors, he'll have to find some inspiration from the local flavors.

Thursday
Sep 27
7am | 6c
Season 2, Episode 6

Over-the-top Burger and Booze Brawl

Brooklyn pitmaster Shannon Ambrosio is heading to Las Vegas to bet big on a win against local barbecue favorites, Pot Liquor BBQ in an over-the-top burger and booze brawl! Will his northern-style barbecue be enough of a gamble to win over these judges?

Thursday
Sep 27
7:30am | 6:30c
Season 2, Episode 11

Chicago Italian Beef BBQ Brawl

Brooklyn chef and barbecue expert, Shannon Ambrosio is in Chicago, where he challenges husband and wife pitmasters, Greg and Kristina of Chicago Culinary Kitchen. The two teams will put their own barbecue twist on one of the oldest traditional dishes in Chicago, the Italian Beef Sandwich. With Chicago native, Saralynn Pablo by his side, Shannon "Brooklyn-izes" a 100-year-old classic. But will the judges enjoy Shannon's new-school twist on this old-school sandwich?

Thursday
Sep 27
8am | 7c
Season 2, Episode 15

BBQ Hot Brown Sandwich

Brooklyn barbecue chef Shannon Ambrosio challenges the team at J. Render's BBQ in Lexington, Ky., to add a barbecue twist on a classic Kentucky sandwich, the Hot Brown! With Pitmaster Jen Lyle's of Lyle's BBQ by his side, Shannon adds local Kentucky ingredients to his smoky "Brooklyn-ized" hot brown. But will Shannon's northern take on this southern classic impress the Kentucky judges?

Thursday
Sep 27
8:30am | 7:30c
Season 2, Episode 10

Beer and Cheese BBQ Brawl

Brooklyn Barbecue chef, Shannon Ambrosio, heads to the beer and cheese capital of the world: Milwaukee, to challenge the "King of Barbecue", Darnell Ashley and his son, Jazz in an epic beer & cheese BBQ brawl. With some help from beloved local chef, Michael Feker of Il Mito, Shannon "Brooklyn-izes" his barbecue rib tips with an Asian twist. Will this creative approach be enough to steal the crown?

Thursday
Sep 27
9am | 8c
Season 2, Episode 12

Bone-In-BBQ Brawl

Brooklyn barbecue expert, Chef Shannon Ambrosio heads to Minneapolis, to battle local barbecue favorites, Charlie and Hannah Johnson of Q Fanatic, in a Bone-in-BBQ Brawl. In order to take this father and daughter crew down, Shannon enlists the help of celebrated chef, Lisa Carlson. Together they create a curry goat feast, fit for a crowd. Will Q-Fanatic impress the judges with their classic take on family-style Bone-In-Q? Or will Shannon take the win back to Brooklyn?

Thursday
Sep 27
9:30am | 8:30c

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