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Head Into the Heartland

Today, cowboy culture prevails, and this town has gained fame for its juicy steaks and tangy barbecue. Visitors will also find tranquil parks, more than 200 fountains, a smattering of late-19th-century warehouses and modern high-rise buildings. Lively nightlife also awaits in the burgeoning Power & Light District.

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ribs in spencer, nc
ribs in spencer, nc

ribs in spencer, nc

Host Chuey Martinez smothers chef Jack Moore's ribs in Blowin' Smoke BBQ Sauce in Spencer, NC. 960 1280

  

JMueller BBQ

JMueller BBQ

Chuey Martinez loves the rib sandwich at JMueller BBQ in Austin, TX. 960 1280

  

JMueller BBQ

JMueller BBQ

At JMueller BBQ in Austin, TX, restaurant owner John Mueller explains different cuts of ribs to host Chuey Martinez. 960 1280

  

BBQ ribs

BBQ ribs

BBQ master Jay Vantuyl shows off his ribs to the All You Can Meat crew. 960 1280

  

Western-style smoker

Western-style smoker

Host Chuey Martinez checks out BBQ expert Tommy Dippel’s Western-style smoker on his ranch near Austin, TX. 960 1280

  

Austin, TX

Austin, TX

Austin, TX, is a quirky city full of unique eateries. 960 1280

  

JMueller BBQ

JMueller BBQ

Chuey builds himself a rib sandwich at JMueller BBQ. 960 1280

  

Freshly-barbecued ribs

Freshly-barbecued ribs

Chuey savors the wonderful aroma of freshly-barbecued ribs. 960 1280

  

Rock Store Bar-B-Q

Rock Store Bar-B-Q

People come from all over North Carolina to try Bubba Chavis' smoked ribs at the historic Rock Store Bar-B-Q. 960 1280

  

JMueller BBQ

JMueller BBQ

John Mueller and Chuey Martinez add some wood to the smoker's fire at JMueller BBQ in Austin, TX. 960 1280

  

Oklahoma Joe's Barbecue in Kansas City
Oklahoma Joe's Barbecue in Kansas City

Oklahoma Joe's Barbecue in Kansas City

Host Chuey Martinez shows off the delicious pulled pork sandwich at Oklahoma Joe's Barbecue in Kansas City, KS. 960 1280

  

Oklahoma Joe's Barbecue

Oklahoma Joe's Barbecue

Chuey learns how to make pulled pork sandwiches at Oklahoma Joe's Barbecue. 960 1280

  

Sugar Shack BBQ in Austin

Sugar Shack BBQ in Austin

Mark Avalos, co-owner of Sugar Shack BBQ in Austin, TX, welcomes Chuey to his restaurant. 960 1280

  

Capital City Cook-Off in Lexington

Capital City Cook-Off in Lexington

Chef Bill Eason shows Chuey how to rub down a whole hog and prepare it for the smoker at the Capital City Cook-Off in Lexington, NC. 960 1280

  

Kannapolis, NC

Kannapolis, NC

Chef Eddie Smith introduces Chuey Martinez to his special pulled pork sauce in Kannapolis, NC. 960 1280

  

Oklahoma Joe's Barbecue

Oklahoma Joe's Barbecue

Chuey loves the pulled pork sandwich at Oklahoma Joe's Barbecue in Kansas City. 960 1280

  

City Employee Appreciation Picnic

City Employee Appreciation Picnic

Chuey attends the City Employee Appreciation Picnic -- a big celebration of local BBQ in Kannapolis, NC. 960 1280

  

Sugar Shack BBQ

Sugar Shack BBQ

Host Chuey Martinez visits Sugar Shack BBQ in Austin, TX. 960 1280

  

Capital City Cook-Off in Lexington, NC

Capital City Cook-Off in Lexington, NC

At the Capital City Cook-Off in Lexington, NC, chef Bill Eason shows Chuey Martinez how he uses a whole hog to make his delicious pulled pork. 960 1280

  

Notorious P.I.G. pulled pork

Notorious P.I.G. pulled pork

At Sugar Shack BBQ in Austin, TX, host Chuey Martinez sinks his teeth into the Notorious P.I.G. pulled pork sandwich. 960 1280

  

City Employee Appreciation Picnic

City Employee Appreciation Picnic

People play a game of beanbag toss at the City Employee Appreciation Picnic in Kannapolis, NC. 960 1280

  

Oklahoma Joe's Barbecue

Oklahoma Joe's Barbecue

Host Chuey Martinez meets Oklahoma Joe's Barbecue owner Doug Worgul in Kansas City. 960 1280

  

Notorious P.I.G.

Notorious P.I.G.

Sugar Shack BBQ co-owner Mark Avalos shows host Chuey Martinez where they make their famous Notorious P.I.G. pulled pork sandwich in Austin, TX. 960 1280

  

Tony at the dinner table in Kansas City
Tony at the dinner table in Kansas City

Tony at the dinner table in Kansas City

Tony Bourdain sits down for a family-style dinner at Green Dirt Farm. 960 1280

  

Picture of sandwich in Kansas City

Picture of sandwich in Kansas City

A brisket sandwich at LC's BBQ. 960 1280

  

Picture of Zamir in hair shop in Kansas City

Picture of Zamir in hair shop in Kansas City

Zamir gets a tour of Leila's Hair Museum in Independence, MO. 960 1280

  

Picture of barbecue in Kansas city

Picture of barbecue in Kansas city

The unassuming but fantastic LC's BBQ. 960 1280

  

Tony and the guys from The Black Keys eat in Kansas City

Tony and the guys from The Black Keys eat in Kansas City

Tony eats with musicians from The Black Keys at Woodyard BBQ. 960 1280

  

Tony drinks from a bag at Arrowhead Stadium

Tony drinks from a bag at Arrowhead Stadium

Tony "slaps the bag" during his first tailgate at Arrowhead Stadium. 960 1280

  

Zamir wears Kansas City Chiefs gear in Kansas City

Zamir wears Kansas City Chiefs gear in Kansas City

Zamir shows his tailgating spirit. 960 1280

  

Tony dines with friends at Savoy Grill in Kansas City.

Tony dines with friends at Savoy Grill in Kansas City.

Tony dines with Charles Ferruzza (left front) and Zamir (left back) at the Savoy Grill. 960 1280

  

Sunset over railroad tracks in Kansas City

Sunset over railroad tracks in Kansas City

A beautiful sunset over the railroad tracks in Kansas City. 960 1280

  

Crew films in Kansas City

Crew films in Kansas City

Tony and Zamir take a stroll as the production crew captures b-roll footage for the Kansas City episode. 960 1280

  

Skinned lamb in Kansas City

Skinned lamb in Kansas City

Lamb is prepped for dinner at Green Dirt Farm. 960 1280

  

Cameramen film barbecue at Oklahoma Joe's in Kansas City.

Cameramen film barbecue at Oklahoma Joe's in Kansas City.

Producer Mike Steed directs cameraman Jeremy Leach at Oklahoma Joe's. 960 1280

  

Tony eats at BB's Lawnside in Kansas City

Tony eats at BB's Lawnside in Kansas City

Tony eats with Terence O'Malley (left front) and Zamir (left back) at BB's Lawnside. 960 1280

  

Tony and his friend share a laugh in Kansas City

Tony and his friend share a laugh in Kansas City

Old friends -- Tony and Zamir -- share a few laughs. 960 1280

  

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