Amazing Eats: BBQ Bliss

It doesn't get more delicious than all-American barbeque, and Adam Richman’s quest for the kings of ‘cues leads him to 5 finger-licking temples of barbecue.

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Outlaw Grill
Outlaw Grill

Outlaw Grill

The owner and builder of the “Outlaw Grill," Brett Enright, poses in front of his masterpiece, a 20-foot-high, self-contained barbecue. 960 1280

  

Car-B-Que

Car-B-Que

Dave Anton’s Car-B-Que was once a Hot Rod, but now it’s got a different kind of fire under the hood. 960 1280

  

"Bling Bling" grill

"Bling Bling" grill

Barbecue pit builder Dave Klose couldn’t be prouder of his "Bling Bling" grill, complete with a beer cooler and satellite TV. 960 1280

  

Beer-bottle-shaped smoker

Beer-bottle-shaped smoker

Nothing goes better with barbecue than a nice, cold beer. Dave Klose takes that idea to the next level with this custom-built, beer-bottle-shaped smoker. 960 1280

  

Fire Up Freedom fire truck

Fire Up Freedom fire truck

Want to make your party the ultimate barbecue celebration? Then rent the Fire Up Freedom fire truck with its 4 grills, 2 soda fountains, 100-foot ladder, 4 flat screen TVs and more! 960 1280

  

A hybrid full-service bar and BBQ smoking trailer

A hybrid full-service bar and BBQ smoking trailer

Victor Howard and George Shore from Pitmaker built this hybrid full-service bar and BBQ smoking trailer for the “Sauced Up Kookers” competition cooking team. 960 1280

  

Pitmaker's train grill

Pitmaker's train grill

Texas’ own Pitmaker custom barbecue building team prides itself on unique, over-the-top grills, smokers and trailers, including this train grill. 960 1280

  

The X-Grill

The X-Grill

The X-Grill, a converted tanker truck, visits events throughout Cape Cod helping non-profits and other organizations raise funds. 960 1280

  

The Big Rig barbecue pit

The Big Rig barbecue pit

The Big Rig barbecue pit cooks the whole hog at once. The problem is moving the pig once it’s ready to be eaten. 960 1280

  

"Meat Missile"

"Meat Missile"

The 90-foot-long "Meat Missile" mobile barbecue trailer makes its home at Big Boy Toys in Magnolia, AR. 960 1280

  

Slow Smoking
Slow Smoking

Slow Smoking

While BBQ restaurant owner Aaron Franklin slow-smokes his brisket for 16 hours, barbecue master John Mueller finishes cooking his in half the time. 960 1280

  

Gates Bar-B-Q

Gates Bar-B-Q

Among those who’ve experienced the world-famous Gates Bar-B-Q in Kansas City, MO, are Presidents Clinton and Bush, actor Denzel Washington and First Lady Michelle Obama. But no matter who walks through the door, the BBQ is always the same. 960 1280

  

Skylight Inn in Ayden, NC

Skylight Inn in Ayden, NC

People don't go to Skylight Inn in Ayden, NC, for the atmosphere. The only ambiance you're gonna get here is 2 meat cleavers pounding on a wood board, chopping up a whole hog. Yep, it's all about the BBQ here. 960 1280

  

2 Cuts of Steak in 1

2 Cuts of Steak in 1

Because a brisket is like 2 cuts of steaks in one, cooking it requires exact temperature control -- and a keen sense of timing. 960 1280

  

Barbecue Superstar

Barbecue Superstar

Even though Aaron Franklin is now a superstar in the barbecue world, he still works the counter every day at Franklin Barbecue, making sure his Austin, TX, customers get nothing but the best BBQ they’ve ever had. 960 1280

  

Germantown Commissary in the Memphis Area

Germantown Commissary in the Memphis Area

Barbecue lovers do not live by ribs alone. At the Germantown Commissary in the Memphis area, they constantly find new ways to create their smoky magic. 960 1280

  

Moonlite Bar-B-Q Inn

Moonlite Bar-B-Q Inn

Moonlite Bar-B-Q Inn has been making mutton for the masses in Owensboro, KY, since Catherine and Pappy Bosley grew it from a small 30-seat joint in 1963 to the 350-seat restaurant (and more) that it is today. 960 1280

  

Texas is Beef Territory

Texas is Beef Territory

To most of the country barbecue means pork, but Texas is beef territory. Central Texas is known as the Brisket Belt -- and Austin is its buckle. 960 1280

  

Natural Born Grillers

Natural Born Grillers

This year, Natural Born Grillers is back to compete at Memphis in May, with only one mission in mind: Win it all again, this time by cooking ribs. 960 1280

  

Slow-Smoked Perfection

Slow-Smoked Perfection

Germantown Commissary has won multiple awards for creating slow-smoked perfection. Naturally, the home-style restaurant is most famous for its ribs. 960 1280

  

Top-Quality Brisket

Top-Quality Brisket

Serving top-quality brisket is expensive, but Franklin Barbecue in East Austin matches other area restaurants' prices even though it has top-quality meat. 960 1280

  

Signature BBQ

Signature BBQ

Its signature BBQ sauce has helped make Gates Bar-B-Q an institution in Kansas City, MO, for more than 60 years -- and they’ve been keeping their special sauce recipe under wraps for just as long. 960 1280

  

Sweatman’s BBQ in Holly Hill, SC

Sweatman’s BBQ in Holly Hill, SC

Whether you’re craving just a crunch or are ready to go whole hog, there’s only one place to stack your plate: Sweatman’s BBQ in Holly Hill, SC. 960 1280

  

Famous Pork Ribs

Famous Pork Ribs

Fifteen miles east of Graceland in the Memphis suburb of Germantown, the famous pork ribs of the Germantown Commissary have left more than one customer feeling “all shook up.” 960 1280

  

Kansas City, MO

Kansas City, MO

Kansas City, MO, is known for a thick tomato- and molasses-based sauce that is the cornerstone of some of the most sensational barbecue in the world. 960 1280

  

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Japan: Mochi Ice Cream
Japan: Mochi Ice Cream

Japan: Mochi Ice Cream

This frozen treat fuses “the most American of treats (ice cream) and the most Japanese of desserts (mochi)” into an international taste sensation. The frozen sweet consists of golf-ball-sized mochi (sticky rice pounded into a soft texture) with an ice-cream filling in flavors like green tea and red bean. This popular Asian-American fusion dessert can be found in grocery stores all over the world. 960 1280

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Vermont: Ben and Jerry's

Vermont: Ben and Jerry's

You can’t pass a ice-cream aisle without seeing this iconic American ice-cream brand staring you down, tempting you to try its latest concoction. It is the American ice dream -- two college grads, Ben and Jerry, open their first ice-cream shop in Burlington, VT, in 1978 and then take over the world ... one scoop of “Chunky Monkey” at a time. 960 1280

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Italy: Gelato

Italy: Gelato

If you want to piss off an Italian, call gelato “ice cream.” While the two are quite similar in their deliciousness, gelato is typically denser and milkier than traditional ice cream. And the good news? Gelato contains less fat than ice cream, since it uses more milk than cream. And less fat means more room for flavor, like our favorites -- nocciola (hazelnut) and fragola (strawberry). 960 1280

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Israel: Halva Ice Cream

Israel: Halva Ice Cream

Israel’s take on ice cream? Halva ice cream. Halva, a sweet candy-like treat made from sesame seeds mashed into a sugar-and-honey paste, is common in many Israeli dishes. On a hot day in Tel Aviv, cooling off with Halva ice cream is a popular pastime. 960 1280

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France: Foie Gras Ice Cream

France: Foie Gras Ice Cream

Leave it to the French to turn their ice cream into a delicacy. While the world continues to debate the cruelty of making foie gras -- overfattened duck liver -- we think everyone can be in agreement that ice cream doesn’t need to include over-the-top ingredients to taste gourmet. You had us at vanilla. 960 1280

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Iran: Faloodeh

Iran: Faloodeh

On a warm summer day in Iran there’s nothing more refreshing than this Persian frozen dessert. Made of thin vermicelli noodles frozen with corn starch, rose water and lime juice, it’s a unique blend of citrus and floral tastes. 960 1280

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Turkey: Dondurma

Turkey: Dondurma

Stretchy ice cream? While it sounds unusual, Turkish ice cream, dondurma, has a similar pliability to taffy. The dondurma street vendors in Istanbul have fun with its pliable texture, wowing passerby with its ability to not fall off a stick or melt. It’s thickened with salep, a flour made from orchids, which only adds to its exotic appeal. 960 1280

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Philippines: Cheese Ice Cream

Philippines: Cheese Ice Cream

Two comfort foods mix in this classic Filipino dessert, cheese ice cream. Once sold only by street vendors, today it’s crafted with real cheddar cheese by the brand Magnolia and sold in grocery stores all over the Philippines. 960 1280

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Germany: Spaghetties

Germany: Spaghetties

While it might resemble pasta, Germany’s spaghettieis is vanilla ice cream drawn through a pastamaker and then topped with a strawberry topping (to look like tomato sauce). This playful play on pasta was created by an Italian in Germany in the 1960s and has been a popular dessert with kids and adults alike ever since. 960 1280

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Alaska: Akutaq

Alaska: Akutaq

In a place with freezing temperatures, it’s hard to imagine a need for a cool-down dessert, but “Eskimo ice cream” is a popular local treat in Alaska. Traditionally, this native dish includes meat and fat from animals like seals, moose and caribou, although nowadays Crisco is a common substitute for animal fat. But seasonal ingredients like salmonberries and blueberries are still used in the modern version. 960 1280

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India: Kulfi

India: Kulfi

A mix of condensed milk, sugar and exotic flavors like saffron and cardamom, this popular Indian frozen dessert has a dense texture more similar to custard than ice cream. Traditionally, this cool treat was only found in India’s street markets, kept frozen in earthenware pots of ice and salt. Now its popularity is so widespread, you can find it in Whole Foods’ frozen-food aisles. 960 1280

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U.S. Wide: Frozen Yogurt

U.S. Wide: Frozen Yogurt

After Americans had one too many Ben and Jerry’s pints, they dreamed of a way to satisfy their love for cold, creamy desserts … while maintaining their waistline. Thus, frozen yogurt was born in the late 1970s and took off in the 1980s all over the United States as a low-fat alternative to ice cream. America’s craving for lower fat varieties didn’t stop Ben and Jerry, though … those brilliant guys now even offer Greek frozen yogurt, the latest healthy frozen indulgence. 960 1280

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