Two Guys at the Grill — Alton's After-Show

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Cutthroat After-Show: Burgers 04:15

Judge Simon Majumdar makes cheeseburgers on a hand-held grill grate.

Next Monday marks the unofficial start of summer with the Memorial Day holiday, and with that comes three months of lazy afternoons by the pool, late-day sunsets and, perhaps most importantly, grilling anything and everything. Since Cutthroat Kitchen isn't about to let a season pass without celebrating it in the most-evilicious way possible (remember Mother's Day? Christmas?), Alton Brown hosted an all-grilling episode tonight, complete with three rounds of smoky cook-offs. While he doled out sabotage after themed sabotage to the chefs, Alton and the judge of the day, Simon Majumdar, took in the competition in seasonal fashion with what else but the coolest aprons available. Alton stuck with a single getup, which dubbed him "The Grillfather," while Simon showed off three aprons, including the hot-bod torso he donned for the After-Show. "He's looking good," Alton said while introducing Simon, "in his all-American apron with an actual photocopy of his actual body." While that second part may not be completely true, Simon was quick to joke that his chiseled chest was sizzling.

The guys were already dressed for the part, so all they had left to do was get to grilling, and burgers were on the menu. "Of course, it wouldn't be as simple as just making a hamburger, now would it?" Alton asked.  Indeed it wouldn't, and he unveiled a particularly doozy of a sabotage: "a rotisserie prep station," he called it. As Alton cranked the rotisserie, Simon was forced to keep up with the ever-turning tables as he delicately balanced ingredients. Much to Simon's credit (and Alton's frustration), the  judge managed to find a way to nearly outsmart the sabotage, as he formed his meat patty by hand and had to slice just two burger fixings: cheese and tomatoes.

But in true Cutthroat fashion, even that sabotage wasn't the last obstacle in the way of Simon's burger making. A competitor-handled grill made for diabolical challenges for the competing chefs — for Simon and Alton. The grill rack that held Simon's burger patties wasn't close enough to the flame to quickly cook the meat, so he served Alton a downright raw burger, but that didn't stop the host from tasting it. "I just want everybody noticing that, because I love my art, I'm eating completely raw ground beef," Alton said. Can't argue with that, Mr. Brown.

Click the play button on the video above to watch the guys' grilling escapes unfold, and check out the undercooked burger Alton sampled with gusto.

Tune in to the premiere of the Cutthroat Kitchen: Time Warp Tournament on Wednesday, June 1 at 9|8c.

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