What to Watch: Midnight Barbecue on Smollett Eats, and the Premiere of Guy’s Big Bite
Tune in this weekend for extreme competition and indulgent eats with your favorite Food Network stars. Kick things off on Saturday with back-to-back episodes of Smollett Eats. The siblings are throwing their annual midnight barbecue, and they’re whipping up crowd-pleasing dishes like teriyaki chicken wings and gooey stovetop mac ‘n cheese. Afterward, they’re serving their mom a Southern-style feast to celebrate her New Orleans roots. On the menu: a seafood boil, fried okra and corn-bread.
Then on Sunday, tune in for the premiere of Guy’s Big Bite. Guy Fieri has been all around the world looking for the perfect burger - a juicy, pimento cheese-stuffed patty piled high with fried tomatoes, homemade spicy ranch, bacon and a cabbage slaw – and he’s sharing the secrets for how to make it. Next, head to the Tuscan countryside with Giada De Laurentiis for a big family reunion. There will be a spread full of Northern Italian classics, like octopus panzanella and hazelnut chicken. Then, stop by Bobby Flay’s house where Bobby’s making breakfast sandwiches for brunch, complete with an Israeli-inspired sabich and an eggs-in-a-hole Benedict. Later, things are heating up in Flavortown Market on Guy’s Superstar Games, where the remaining six chefs will team up for one of Guy’s most-terrifying games yet. Next, the four remaining teams on The Great Food Truck Race will battle it out to stay on the road with a challenge involving ostriches. And then on Cooks vs. Cons, will amateur cooks strike out against professional chefs when they’re tasked with incorporating ballpark snacks into a restaurant-worthy dish?
It's all hands on deck when the Smolletts throw their epic annual barbecue under the stars. There's a trip to the butcher for Jake Smollett's apricot-mustard glazed baby back ribs and Jussie Smollett makes his famous teriyaki chicken wings with pineapple and ginger glaze, while Jurnee Smollett-Bell plans to wow with her gooey stovetop mac n' cheese. Plus, Jazz Smollett worries that her bourbon-soaked grilled peach dessert with lemon mascarpone cream will be pushed aside, and Jojo and Jocqui Smollett struggle to get Jake's new grill assembled in time for the party.
To celebrate their mom's Southern roots, the Smollett kids plan a meal based on her New Orleans upbringing. After a visit to the local seafood market to pick out crawfish and shrimp for a seafood boil, Jake Smollett assumes Jurnee Smollett-Bell and Jazz Smollett will help him with the grunt work, but his sisters are nowhere to be seen. As a reward for deveining all the shrimp, Jake helps himself to some of Jurnee's cornbread. When Jazz returns to cook up her fried okra, Jurnee is still missing in action, distracted by food plans of her own. Jazz and Jake are left wondering if their sister will be a no-show at the main event.
Guy Fieri has tasted burgers from coast to coast, and now he's sharing one of his all-time favorites. It's the juicy, cheesy Pimento Cheese-Stuffed Burger stacked high with a fried heirloom tomato, Homemade Spicy Ranch Dressing, crispy bacon and cabbage slaw. Spicy Baked Shredded Potato Nuggets seasoned with homemade barbecue seasoning finish off the plate. So money!
Giada and her family gather at a villa in the Tuscan countryside for a family reunion celebration. Platters of food fill the long Italian table, and Giada has enlisted everyone to help out in the kitchen to prepare a menu of family favorites that are full of traditional Northern Italian ingredients. The dishes include Octopus Panzanella, Hazelnut Chicken, and Stracciatella with Strawberries and Vin Santo.
Bobby cooks his spins on breakfast sandwiches inspired by his favorite falafel shop, his daughter and his favorite Mexican breakfast. He starts with a sabich an Israeli breakfast sandwich in pita and an Arnold Palmer-inspired Tipsy Palmer, and then he makes an Eggs-in-a-Hole Benedict with Roasted Garlic and Tomato Hollandaise. Bobby closes out the menu with crunchified Chilaquiles Burgers.
Guy's Superstar Games continue as the remaining six celebrity chefs are paired up into teams to navigate through Guy Fieri's most-terrifying game yet. In Round 2, the chefs must switch gears and go from savory to sweet as they make their best dessert.
The four remaining family food-truck teams head inland to the Santa Barbara wine country, where they must face a challenge involving ostriches. Beginning to gel as food trucks, the teams sell in the Danish town of Solvang, Calif., where a challenge steeped in the local culture causes some setbacks. After a busy weekend of selling, one team is sent home after a very close elimination.
Professional cooks and amateurs play ball in a cheesesteak playoff, as ballpark snacks must be worked into a winning dish. Judges Katie Lee and Marcus Samuelsson call a fair game, but for one cook, it's a clear strikeout! Then, the remaining contestants embrace the Italian kitchen during a pasta sauce challenge.