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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Take a Cue from the Show
Season 1, Episode 4

Finger-Licking Good

Alex Guarnaschelli joins Michael at one of his favorite Manhattan spots, where they combine a bottomless beer selection with the most high-octane hot dog known to man.  Next, he shoots down to Nashville where his culinary father figure created a restaurant in his own mother’s honor, the woman who first taught him to appreciate the purest burgers and ingredients on earth. Finally, in rural Ohio, he discovers a husband and wife team who use chorizo to give their smoked meatloaf a crazy kick.

Saturday
Jan 28
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
Feb 4
4am | 3c
Season 2, Episode 1

Smoked and Stacked

Duff Goldman makes a guest appearance at Michael Symon's favorite Baton Rouge, La. smokehouse that boasts a pork belly hoagie so outrageous it has to be shared. Next up in St. Louis, a big fat Greek burger ignites Michael's cultural soul, and in Austin, he indulges in pit-roasted meats and spicy salsa atop the freshest tortillas this side of the border.

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

Hot, Charred and Crispy

Cooking Channel's Haylie Duff joins Michael Symon at one of his most treasured New Orleans spots, where they use the city's Cajun flavors in new and unique ways in crunchy po' boys and spicy barbecue shrimp. Next, he heads to a husband- and wife-owned pizza place in Brooklyn where the chef whips up a burger so delicious, he put it on the menu and named it after his bride. Finally, in Kansas City, Mo., Michael meets a team that smokes some of the best burnt ends around!

Saturday
Feb 18
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
Feb 25
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
Mar 11
4:30am | 3:30c
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
Mar 18
4:30am | 3:30c
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
Apr 8
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
Apr 8
4:30am | 3:30c
Season 3, Episode 8

Beers, Burgers and Bocce in Baltimore

Actor and proud Baltimore native Josh Charles meets up with Michael Symon at his favorite place for crab cakes in a town where everyone fights over where to find the very best. After a heated round of bocce ball in the city's Little Italy neighborhood, Michael introduces Josh to some of Baltimore's best new spots for juicy, inventive burgers, sweet and savory desserts and refreshing craft brews to wash it all down.

Saturday
Apr 22
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
May 6
4:30am | 3:30c
Season 2, Episode 7

Decadent Regional Dishes

Baton Rouge, La. native and Food Network Star finalist, Jay Ducote, joins Michael Symon for a French and Cajun-inspired burger with a twist. Next, Michael heads to St. Louis, where they're taking the local tradition of toasted ravioli and stuffing them with burnt ends. Lastly, he hits an Austin institution for a gigantic peach-glazed pork chop and piled-high peanut butter mousse pie.

Saturday
May 13
4am | 3c
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
May 13
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
May 27
4am | 3c
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 4

Spiced, Salty and Succulent

Food Network Star winner, Eddie Jackson, meets Michael Symon in Austin for a barbecue sandwich that has the entire town lined up. Then, Michael heads to Jersey City, where a chef who was tired of driving into Manhattan for a great burger concocted his own sweet and spicy creation. Finally, in Louisville, Ky. he washes down a pastrami spiced sandwich and dessert with a refreshing local brew.

Saturday
Jun 3
4:30am | 3:30c
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
Jun 10
4am | 3c
Season 2, Episode 3

Hot, Charred and Crispy

Cooking Channel's Haylie Duff joins Michael Symon at one of his most treasured New Orleans spots, where they use the city's Cajun flavors in new and unique ways in crunchy po' boys and spicy barbecue shrimp. Next, he heads to a husband- and wife-owned pizza place in Brooklyn where the chef whips up a burger so delicious, he put it on the menu and named it after his bride. Finally, in Kansas City, Mo., Michael meets a team that smokes some of the best burnt ends around!

Saturday
Jun 10
4:30am | 3:30c
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
Jun 17
4am | 3c
Season 2, Episode 1

Smoked and Stacked

Duff Goldman makes a guest appearance at Michael Symon's favorite Baton Rouge, La. smokehouse that boasts a pork belly hoagie so outrageous it has to be shared. Next up in St. Louis, a big fat Greek burger ignites Michael's cultural soul, and in Austin, he indulges in pit-roasted meats and spicy salsa atop the freshest tortillas this side of the border.

Saturday
Jun 17
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
Jun 24
4am | 3c
Season 1, Episode 4

Finger-Licking Good

Alex Guarnaschelli joins Michael at one of his favorite Manhattan spots, where they combine a bottomless beer selection with the most high-octane hot dog known to man.  Next, he shoots down to Nashville where his culinary father figure created a restaurant in his own mother’s honor, the woman who first taught him to appreciate the purest burgers and ingredients on earth. Finally, in rural Ohio, he discovers a husband and wife team who use chorizo to give their smoked meatloaf a crazy kick.

Saturday
Jun 24
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.

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