Highlights from the Blue Ridge BBQ Festival
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Naming the King of Barbecue

From among 75 entries in the barbecue cooking competition at the Blue Ridge BBQ Festival, only one 'cue master came out on top.

Best Backyard BBQ Recipes

Ribs, brisket, pulled pork and even smoked salmon — any of these dishes would be a hit at your next outdoor party.

Find a Food Festival Near You

Looking for a food festival featured on the show? Food Network's On the Road page has all the details.

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  • Anthony Anderson heads to Tryon, N.C., home of the Blue Ridge BBQ and Music Festival, meeting featured rival chefs as they prepare their dishes for competition. Anthony tries other tasty offerings, like elk burgers, deep fried pickle and Asado goat, then challenges fest-goers on the carnival-like giant slide and mechanical bull before seeing who takes home the Governor's Trophy.

  • Anthony Anderson heads to Tryon, N.C., home of the Blue Ridge BBQ and Music Festival, meeting featured rival chefs as they prepare their dishes for competition. Anthony tries other tasty offerings, like elk burgers, deep fried pickle and Asado goat, then challenges fest-goers on the carnival-like giant slide and mechanical bull before seeing who takes home the Governor's Trophy.

  • Anthony Anderson heads to Tryon, N.C., home of the Blue Ridge BBQ and Music Festival, meeting featured rival chefs as they prepare their dishes for competition. Anthony tries other tasty offerings, like elk burgers, deep fried pickle and Asado goat, then challenges fest-goers on the carnival-like giant slide and mechanical bull before seeing who takes home the Governor's Trophy.

  • Anthony Anderson joins the festivities at the Strawberry Festival in Long Grove, Ill., with 40,000 other fruit fans. Fifteen local chefs are competing for the "Best of the Best" dish title and the featured competitors share a few of their secrets. Anthony also steps in as the festival balloon artist, enjoys the wave photo booth and starts his own strawberry-eating competition with a group of kids. The excitement culminates as the judges pick which dish is the "Best of the Best."

  • Anthony Anderson joins the festivities at the Strawberry Festival in Long Grove, Ill., with 40,000 other fruit fans. Fifteen local chefs are competing for the "Best of the Best" dish title and the featured competitors share a few of their secrets. Anthony also steps in as the festival balloon artist, enjoys the wave photo booth and starts his own strawberry-eating competition with a group of kids. The excitement culminates as the judges pick which dish is the "Best of the Best."

  • Anthony Anderson joins the festivities at the Strawberry Festival in Long Grove, Ill., with 40,000 other fruit fans. Fifteen local chefs are competing for the "Best of the Best" dish title and the featured competitors share a few of their secrets. Anthony also steps in as the festival balloon artist, enjoys the wave photo booth and starts his own strawberry-eating competition with a group of kids. The excitement culminates as the judges pick which dish is the "Best of the Best."

  • Anthony Anderson joins the festivities at the Strawberry Festival in Long Grove, Ill., with 40,000 other fruit fans. Fifteen local chefs are competing for the "Best of the Best" dish title and the featured competitors share a few of their secrets. Anthony also steps in as the festival balloon artist, enjoys the wave photo booth and starts his own strawberry-eating competition with a group of kids. The excitement culminates as the judges pick which dish is the "Best of the Best."

  • Anthony Anderson joins the festivities at the Strawberry Festival in Long Grove, Ill., with 40,000 other fruit fans. Fifteen local chefs are competing for the "Best of the Best" dish title and the featured competitors share a few of their secrets. Anthony also steps in as the festival balloon artist, enjoys the wave photo booth and starts his own strawberry-eating competition with a group of kids. The excitement culminates as the judges pick which dish is the "Best of the Best."

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  • Anthony Anderson heads to Tryon, N.C., home of the Blue Ridge BBQ and Music Festival, meeting featured rival chefs as they prepare their dishes for competition. Anthony tries other tasty offerings, like elk burgers, deep fried pickle and Asado goat, then challenges fest-goers on the carnival-like giant slide and mechanical bull before seeing who takes home the Governor's Trophy.

  • Anthony Anderson heads to Tryon, N.C., home of the Blue Ridge BBQ and Music Festival, meeting featured rival chefs as they prepare their dishes for competition. Anthony tries other tasty offerings, like elk burgers, deep fried pickle and Asado goat, then challenges fest-goers on the carnival-like giant slide and mechanical bull before seeing who takes home the Governor's Trophy.

  • Anthony Anderson joins the rib enthusiasts who devour 50,000 pounds of pork on the streets of Chicago during the city's annual Ribfest. He checks out the world-ranked competitors at the rib eating contest and challenges a fest-goer to balloon darts, before finding out the winner of the People's Choice and critic's Best Ribs titles.

  • Anthony Anderson joins the rib enthusiasts who devour 50,000 pounds of pork on the streets of Chicago during the city's annual Ribfest. He checks out the world-ranked competitors at the rib eating contest and challenges a fest-goer to balloon darts, before finding out the winner of the People's Choice and critic's Best Ribs titles.

  • Anthony Anderson joins the rib enthusiasts who devour 50,000 pounds of pork on the streets of Chicago during the city's annual Ribfest. He checks out the world-ranked competitors at the rib eating contest and challenges a fest-goer to balloon darts, before finding out the winner of the People's Choice and critic's Best Ribs titles.

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About the Host

Anthony Anderson is no stranger to the Food Network audience, having competed on Chopped and appeared as both a judge and a competitor on Iron Chef America. His transition to host of Eating America is a natural and delicious progression. He is an accomplished actor with roles on both the big and small screens, including more than 20 films and the Emmy Award-winning drama Law & Order, in which he played Detective Kevin Bernard. His performance on that series earned him four consecutive NAACP Image Award nominations for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series. Anthony also appeared in the DreamWorks blockbuster Transformers, directed by Michael Bay, as well as in Martin Scorsese's Oscar-winning feature The Departed. Anthony will star in and produce the upcoming ABC sitcom Black-ish this fall.

More About Anthony Anderson

Anthony Anderson is no stranger to the Food Network audience, having competed on Chopped and appeared as both a judge and a competitor on Iron Chef America. His transition to host of Eating America is a natural and delicious progression. He is an accomplished actor with roles on both the big and small screens, including more than 20 films and the Emmy Award-winning drama Law & Order, in which he played Detective Kevin Bernard. His performance on that series earned him four consecutive NAACP Image Award nominations for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series. Anthony also appeared in the DreamWorks blockbuster Transformers, directed by Michael Bay, as well as in Martin Scorsese's Oscar-winning feature The Departed. Anthony will star in and produce the upcoming ABC sitcom Black-ish this fall.

About the Show

Anthony Anderson is on a mission to discover what's truly at the heart of America — one food festival at a time. Anthony will travel to the most colorful and delicious festivals in America, tasting everything from classic interpretations to surprising twists. He'll also meet the amazing characters devoted to these regional favorites and follow some of them as they compete to find the best of the best. There's nothing like a small-town food festival to make summer come alive!

More About Eating America with Anthony Anderson

Anthony Anderson is on a mission to discover what's truly at the heart of America — one food festival at a time. Anthony will travel to the most colorful and delicious festivals in America, tasting everything from classic interpretations to surprising twists. He'll also meet the amazing characters devoted to these regional favorites and follow some of them as they compete to find the best of the best. There's nothing like a small-town food festival to make summer come alive!

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