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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
With a day off from his concert tour, musician Nick Lachey hooks up with Michael Symon in Philadelphia, one of the best beer cities in the country with a food scene to match. From Chef Jose Garces' over-the-top bourbon burger, to true German smoked sausages, to authentic Italian pizza, everything they eat pairs perfectly with Philly's endless array of local and European brews.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For Anthony Anderson, Chicago represents great childhood memories and outrageous adult shenanigans. He hooks up with his old pal, Michael Symon, to discover some of the city's legendary food institutions for sensational smoked sausages and indulgent burgers, and to discover some of its best new treasures for phenomenal pork and rare brews. Along the way, he helps settle a dispute Michael has with a local chef by refereeing a wild and hilarious sumo-style wrestling match.
Michael Symon and hilarious TV star Billy Gardell embark on an uproarious adventure in Los Angeles filled with laughter, hijinks and visiting a perfect balance of legendary food joints and new spots on the scene. They compare a famous old-fashioned chili burger with an imaginative contemporary take, swing through the city's Koreatown for table-side barbecue and tour downtown's best brewery where they have a bar games faceoff.
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.
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.
Michael Symon starts in Lexington, Ky. for a plump pork burger and ingenious smoked chicken wings smothered in a blackberry jalapeno sauce. Next, he whips up spicy fried chicken and waffles that are making the Cincinnati food scene soar, before hitting the French Quarter in New Orleans for Caribbean-inspired creations like crispy, tender rum-soaked ribs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.