Thanks to the holiday and a busy beginning to the work week, I am a little behind with this post. I still feel I need to get it out though. I wanted to get people’s thoughts about the show and if they felt it was a success. I rather enjoyed the show, but I went into it with an open mind. I knew that since it was on the Food Network, that it was not going to be about traditional smoking. I knew they were going to make it a cooking show and throw some twists in that would make the purist cringe. Had I not gone into with this mindset, I think I would have been disappointed.
I really enjoyed how the show brought out the versatility of what you can do with a grill and a smoker. I would have never considered a smoked salad, a dessert, or even tofu for that matter. I think what it really showed was that smoking is just for us meat lovers. No matter what your food preference is, there is a place for it on the grill and smoker. I was hoping that the final showdown was going to feature Famous Dave, Brad Orrison, and Chris Lilly. I greatly admire these guys when it comes to smoking meats. Two of my three favorites made the finals, as did my dark horse Matt Lang. When the show first aired I told my wife that he had a shot at winning, because this is the Food Network and they will throw some exotic challenges that fit him better than anyone.
I was not upset about the results of the show either. All three of the finalists had ups and downs that episode and it was about being best that day. I do think the light BBQ meal for the cast of Mama Mia and the Tofu dish helped push Matt over the edge. I don’t consider his steamed Pork Shoulders as a smoke dish, though I would like to try it. Plus, you simply don’t beat Chris Lilly at pork shoulders. I mean, he is a 9 time world champion in that category. However, it was a cooking show and Matt simply cooked what was presented to him. I wasn’t a fan of all the judges either. The one judge I did like was Amy Mills. She seemed, every episode, to keep the focus on the meat. That is what the show was about. So I appreciated her constant reminder of how the meat was the star.
I would be interested in hearing what other people thought about the show. Leave some comments with how you thought the show went!