What Symon Says

Michael dishes on his favorite style of barbecue and what he does to balance his love for meat. Plus, learn a few things you may not have known.

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Season 1, Episode 1

Southern, Spicy and Sweet

Bobby Flay makes a surprise guest appearance as Michael Symon visits an over-the-top barbecue joint in New York with a one-of-a-kind brontosaurus beef rib. Next up in Nashville, where the local tradition is hot chicken, Michael pushes his personal limit to find out just how spicy he can handle it. And in his hometown of Cleveland, he tackles the mother of all burgers — the brunch burger, topped with massive onion rings and an over easy egg.

Saturday
Jan 21
4am | 3c
Season 1, Episode 6

Hot and Spicy

Michael Symon digs into a spicy burger that uses four different types of peppers to fire up even the most adventurous eaters in Hell’s Kitchen, New York before heading to Nashville, where he finds Southern comforts infused with Latin flavors in saucy and sweet chicken fried steaks and beer belly tacos. Michael then hits in Northeast Ohio where a former NFL star’s top secret de-boning ribs process was inspired by his wife who doesn't like getting messy.

Saturday
Feb 4
4:30am | 3:30c
Season 2, Episode 2

Sweet and Savory

Scott Conant shows Michael Symon his favorite burger and brew bar in an out-of-the-way corner of New Orleans, and then in Kansas City, Kan., Michael learns how two brothers have stormed the classic barbecue scene with their award-winning smoked meat techniques. Finally, he dives into a lively joint in Austin where they match their artisanal sausages with brew-infused cocktails.

Saturday
Feb 11
4:30am | 3:30c
Season 2, Episode 8

Super Chefs' Favorite Foods

Football legend, Earl Campbell, and Michael Symon dig into juicy brisket and warm peach cobbler at one of Texas' most famous barbecue restaurants. Then, in Cincinnati, Michael savors a bacon and blue cheese burger. Finally, in Kansas City, Mo., he hops into the kitchen with a chef buddy to whip up a creamy, inside-out shepherd's pie and beer-infused doughnuts.

Saturday
Mar 4
4:30am | 3:30c
Season 2, Episode 11

Ooey, Gooey and Cheesy

Michael Symon gets messy in New Orleans with a bacon-onion jam, brie and brioche brunch burger alongside creamy crabmeat mac and cheese. Then, he devours a massive meatloaf sandwich in San Antonio, wrapped in crispy bacon and drenched with an egg. Finally, he heads to Brooklyn for a smoked lamb belly sandwich and Chinese-style sticky ribs.

Saturday
Mar 18
4am | 3c
Season 2, Episode 13

Meat Fix Four Ways

Michael Symon begins his meat-seeking journey in Lockhart, Texas, where one family remains at the forefront of America's greatest barbecue after four generations. Next, he swings over to a British-style joint in Brooklyn where they use lobster meat and pork belly to amp up the traditional BLT. Finally, he hits Louisville, Ky. to sink his teeth into a juicy venison burger ignited by unique sauces and seasonings.

Saturday
Apr 22
4:30am | 3:30c
Season 2, Episode 5

Meat, Meat and More Meat

New Orleans' favorite son, John Besh, shows Michael Symon his most treasured spot for an incredible burger and sides that play on the region's staples. Next, Michael hops over to Hoboken, N.J. for a juicy, authentic Eastern European pot roast that takes five days to make! Lastly, he builds a super-sized smoked meat sandwich along with a candied praline pie in St. Louis.

Saturday
May 6
4am | 3c
Season 2, Episode 10

Deep-Fried Comfort Creations

In Brooklyn, Michael Symon digs into an incredible, one-of-a-kind creation: a deep-fried burger. Next, he cruises through the New Orleans French Quarter for classic Cajun creations like crawfish and grits and jambalaya, washed down with an adult sundae steeped in local stout beer. Lastly, he lands in Lexington, Ky. for a smoked and savory fried steak bacon biscuit.

Saturday
May 20
4:30am | 3:30c
Season 2, Episode 2

Sweet and Savory

Scott Conant shows Michael Symon his favorite burger and brew bar in an out-of-the-way corner of New Orleans, and then in Kansas City, Kan., Michael learns how two brothers have stormed the classic barbecue scene with their award-winning smoked meat techniques. Finally, he dives into a lively joint in Austin where they match their artisanal sausages with brew-infused cocktails.

Saturday
May 27
4:30am | 3:30c
Season 1, Episode 3

Whole Hog Heaven

Michael Symon's in Nashville, where a killer new burger joint encourages you to construct your own custom creations. Then, he hits the heart of Cleveland where a newcomer pushes the boundaries of pub food and house-made brews. Lastly, way out in industrial Brooklyn, he joins the only pitmaster in the entire Northeast ambitious enough to smoke Carolina-style whole hog barbecue right there on site.

Saturday
Jun 3
4am | 3c
Season 2, Episode 13

Meat Fix Four Ways

Michael Symon begins his meat-seeking journey in Lockhart, Texas, where one family remains at the forefront of America's greatest barbecue after four generations. Next, he swings over to a British-style joint in Brooklyn where they use lobster meat and pork belly to amp up the traditional BLT. Finally, he hits Louisville, Ky. to sink his teeth into a juicy venison burger ignited by unique sauces and seasonings.

Saturday
Jul 1
4am | 3c
Season 3, Episode 1

Barbecue in The Big Apple

Michael Symon is joined by his good buddy Michael Strahan at their favorite New York City burger spot for juicy, award-winning creations. Then, they bounce around The Big Apple dining on meatball sliders, succulent St. Louis style ribs, pastrami-topped pizza and barbecue as authentic and anything found in Texas. Finally, Michael attempts to work it off by donning a cowboy hat and throwing himself into his first ever lesson in the Texas Two-Step.

Saturday
Jul 8
4am | 3c
Season 3, Episode 4

Motor City's Mouthwatering Meats

Michael Symon takes reality television star Kendra Wilkinson on a whirlwind food and beer tour of Detroit to introduce her to one of the country's most resurgent cities. She falls in love with the area through its wide array of local microbrews and rich history of great food, from classic Coney Island dogs to spicy Korean sliders to pulled pork enchiladas. These diehard football fans end their day with a head-to-head beer-laden throwing competition.

Saturday
Jul 15
4:30am | 3:30c
Season 3, Episode 7

Decadent D.C. Dining

Michael Symon and Jenni "JWoww" Farley, reality TV star and winner of Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition, team up to tackle the best classic barbecue, freshest farmhouse burgers and most outrageous microbrews our nation's capital has to offer. Along the way, they hook up with one of the area's best-known chefs for his take on the local food scene and to compete in a unique and heated 'que contest.

Saturday
Jul 22
4am | 3c
Season 2, Episode 12

Brisket for Breakfast

Michael Symon visits an old San Antonio institution given new life by their phenomenal bacon and blue cheese burger. Then, he sinks his teeth into a spicy Cincinnati sausage that's a staple of his home state. He finishes in Austin with a meaty eggs Benedict, combining mouthwatering brisket smothered in smoked tomato hollandaise sauce.

Saturday
Jul 22
4:30am | 3:30c
Season 2, Episode 11

Ooey, Gooey and Cheesy

Michael Symon gets messy in New Orleans with a bacon-onion jam, brie and brioche brunch burger alongside creamy crabmeat mac and cheese. Then, he devours a massive meatloaf sandwich in San Antonio, wrapped in crispy bacon and drenched with an egg. Finally, he heads to Brooklyn for a smoked lamb belly sandwich and Chinese-style sticky ribs.

Saturday
Jul 29
4am | 3c
Season 2, Episode 5

Meat, Meat and More Meat

New Orleans' favorite son, John Besh, shows Michael Symon his most treasured spot for an incredible burger and sides that play on the region's staples. Next, Michael hops over to Hoboken, N.J. for a juicy, authentic Eastern European pot roast that takes five days to make! Lastly, he builds a super-sized smoked meat sandwich along with a candied praline pie in St. Louis.

Saturday
Jul 29
4:30am | 3:30c
Season 1, Episode 2

Bring on the Bratwurst

Mario Batali shows Michael Symon his favorite late-night indulgence at New York City's most classic burger joint, while in Nashville, Michael learns what makes dry ribs the classic Tennessee take on smoked meat. And then he visits his favorite hometown haunt where they pair Cleveland classics like bratwurst and pierogi with refreshing house-made brews.

Saturday
Aug 5
4am | 3c
Season 2, Episode 13

Meat Fix Four Ways

Michael Symon begins his meat-seeking journey in Lockhart, Texas, where one family remains at the forefront of America's greatest barbecue after four generations. Next, he swings over to a British-style joint in Brooklyn where they use lobster meat and pork belly to amp up the traditional BLT. Finally, he hits Louisville, Ky. to sink his teeth into a juicy venison burger ignited by unique sauces and seasonings.

Saturday
Aug 5
4:30am | 3:30c
Season 2, Episode 5

Meat, Meat and More Meat

New Orleans' favorite son, John Besh, shows Michael Symon his most treasured spot for an incredible burger and sides that play on the region's staples. Next, Michael hops over to Hoboken, N.J. for a juicy, authentic Eastern European pot roast that takes five days to make! Lastly, he builds a super-sized smoked meat sandwich along with a candied praline pie in St. Louis.

Saturday
Aug 12
4am | 3c
Season 1, Episode 3

Whole Hog Heaven

Michael Symon's in Nashville, where a killer new burger joint encourages you to construct your own custom creations. Then, he hits the heart of Cleveland where a newcomer pushes the boundaries of pub food and house-made brews. Lastly, way out in industrial Brooklyn, he joins the only pitmaster in the entire Northeast ambitious enough to smoke Carolina-style whole hog barbecue right there on site.

Saturday
Aug 12
4:30am | 3:30c
Season 1, Episode 5

Sweet and Smokey

Michael Symon starts in his hometown of Cleveland, where a place he went as a kid combines several classic sweets to make a one-of-a-kind dessert burger. Then, in Brooklyn, he meets a smoked meat lover who blends old school Jewish deli with traditional Canadian-style dirty fries. Lastly, a barbecue institution in Nashville is giving creamy mac and cheese a juicy pulled pork kick to the diners' delight.

Saturday
Aug 19
4am | 3c
Season 3, Episode 5

Meat Plus Music Makes Mario's Michigan

Michael Symon is in the Traverse City area of Northern Michigan with Mario Batali, a longtime summer resident who takes Michael on a tour of his treasured local spots. They enjoy heavenly smoked fish straight from Lake Michigan, delicious brews at his favorite up-and-coming watering hole and the region's famous olive burgers where they end the night rocking out to one of Mario's favorite bands.

Saturday
Aug 19
4:30am | 3:30c
Season 3, Episode 7

Decadent D.C. Dining

Michael Symon and Jenni "JWoww" Farley, reality TV star and winner of Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition, team up to tackle the best classic barbecue, freshest farmhouse burgers and most outrageous microbrews our nation's capital has to offer. Along the way, they hook up with one of the area's best-known chefs for his take on the local food scene and to compete in a unique and heated 'que contest.

Saturday
Aug 26
4am | 3c
Season 2, Episode 6

Tastes of the Tropics

Pastry chef phenom, Ron Ben-Israel, hangs with Michael Symon in Baton Rouge, La. to feast on a mile-high key lime pie and a Caribbean-inspired brisket melt. Then, Michael heads to Louisville, Ky. for a burger topped with chorizo and a downright dangerous dessert aptly named the bacon cinna-bomb. Finally, in Lexington, Ky., he devours a fried chicken sandwich so spicy, he quenches things with a soothing local craft beer.

Saturday
Aug 26
4:30am | 3:30c

About the Show

Meat lovers, rejoice! Michael Symon is taking a road trip to taste the best of the American classics: burgers and barbecue. Whether it's mouthwatering, mile-high cheeseburgers or slow-smoked, fall-off-the-bone ribs, Michael is going to eat and meet his way through some of the best all-American spots to get your grub on. And what better way to wash it all down than with local beers and brews, sure to make any meal a perfect 10. So, get ready to get full, because you don't want to miss the delicious flavors of Burgers, Brew & 'Que.

About the Host

Michael Symon

Chef Michael Symon cooks with soul. Growing up in a Greek and Sicilian family, the Cleveland native creates boldly flavored, deeply satisfying dishes at his four restaurants in America’s heartland: Lola, Lolita, Roast and B Spot. He also shares his exuberant, approachable cooking style and infectious laugh with viewers as an Iron Chef on the Food Network.