Food Paradise: Sausage

Bite into the best bratwurst, bangers, sausage patties and links across America, including rattlesnake tube steak in SoCal, long smokies in Texas and a heaping helping of Germany -- in Milwaukee.

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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

  

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Sam’s Club National BBQ Tour

Sam’s Club National BBQ Tour

If you’re craving a good ‘ole fashioned showdown, you can watch the barbecue experts compete in Sam’s Club parking lots nationwide. The competitions span 5 regions -- from Tennessee to Nevada -- so there’s a good chance to see a grill master near you. 960 1280

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Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival

Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival

Pick your poison, and then pick your ‘cue -- whole-roasted hog, pulled pork, brisket … the options are endless. As are the drinks, so make sure you have a safe ride home if you plan to taste the unlimited samples of bourbon and craft beer included with admission. 960 1280

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Jack Daniels World Championship Invitational Barbecue

Jack Daniels World Championship Invitational Barbecue

One of the most prestigious barbecue competitions in the world takes place on the fourth Saturday of October in Lynchburg, TN. Every year thousands of people flock to “the hallow” to see the best of the best compete in pork ribs, pork shoulder, beef brisket and chicken as well as sauces and desserts. 960 1280

Jack Daniels World Championship Invitational Barbecue  

Safeway’s National Capital Barbecue Battle

Safeway’s National Capital Barbecue Battle

The annual 2-day competition along Washington, DC’s Pennsylvania Avenue has something for everyone, including top barbecue chefs and vendors, cooking competitions and demonstrations, as well as lots of samples and non-stop live entertainment. Bonus? It benefits local Boys & Girls Clubs. 960 1280

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American Royal World Series

American Royal World Series

Kansas City, MO, is home to “The World Series of Barbecue,” the world’s largest BBQ competition -- with 500 teams competing and 70,000 spectators. The larger American Royal event spans 2.5 months and also includes a parade and a professional rodeo (with a $300,000 prize package). 960 1280

  

Atlanta Bar-B-Q Festival

Atlanta Bar-B-Q Festival

Now in its fifth year, Atlanta’s Bar-B-Q Festival calls itself the “crossroads” of barbecue, celebrating Texas, Carolina, Memphis, St. Louis and Kentucky style. 960 1280

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International Bar-B-Q-Festival

International Bar-B-Q-Festival

Every second week in May, the town of Owensboro, KY, attracts a crowd of 85,000 people with square dancing, arts and crafts, and, of course, barbecue. Teams serve up a variety of meats including chicken, mutton and burgoo (a spicy stew) all vying for the Governor’s Cup. 960 1280

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Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

While it’s billed at the world’s largest livestock show, don’t be fooled by its name. Since 1974, the weekend before the livestock show is the 3-day, World Championship Bar-B-Que Contest. More than 300 teams of veteran pit masters dish out Texas-style ‘cue -- pork ribs, beef brisket and chicken, all smoked to perfection. 960 1280

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Big Apple Barbecue Block Party

Big Apple Barbecue Block Party

When you think of barbeque, chances are New York City doesn’t come to mind. But this Madison Square Park block party is more than a decade old and proves New Yorkers heart BBQ, too. 960 1280

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Memphis in May

Memphis in May

Each May, the city of Memphis, TN, is taken over by a series of arts, music and culture festivals. But the main event is the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, when competitors from all over the world flock to this barbecue capital with their elaborate smokers and whole hogs. For a taste of the action, don't miss the Willingham family's booth -- they're the only competitors allowed to sell their Southern delicacies to the public. 960 1280

  

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Triple Threat Pork Sandwich

Triple Threat Pork Sandwich

Did You Know? Pork was introduced to American soil in 1539 when Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto landed with America’s first 13 pigs on the coast of Florida. Ever since then it has become a chow down staple.

Dish 1: Triple Threat Pork Sandwich
Where: Slow’s BBQ, 2138 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216-1305
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Apocalypse Now burger

Apocalypse Now burger

Did You Know? The ancient Chinese were so enamored with the succulent swine that they buried their departed with hogs to ensure fresh pork in the afterlife.

Dish 2: Apocalypse Now Burger
Where: Nosh, 551 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101
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Oak-Roasted Pork Loin

Oak-Roasted Pork Loin

Did You Know? In the 1800’s raising swine was essential to the success of Midwest farms. Using the new Erie Canal farmers, were able to ship their hogs back East, leading them to nickname the pigs "mortgage lifters", since their sales kept the homesteads afloat.

Dish 3: Oak-Roasted Pork Loin
Where: Iron Barley, 5510 Virginia Ave, St Louis, MO 63111
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Roast Pork Sandwich

Roast Pork Sandwich

Did You Know? Pork is the most widely eaten meat in the world. 36% of all meat consumed is pork, following by 33% of poultry and 24% beef.

Dish 4: Roast Pork Sandwich
Where: Dinic’s/Reading Terminal Market, 12th & Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
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Whole Hog BBQ

Whole Hog BBQ

Did You Know? President Harry S. Truman once said "no man should be allowed to be president who doesn't understand hogs."

Dish 5: Whole Hog BBQ
Where: The Pit, 328 W Davie St, Raleigh, NC 27601
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Succulent smoked Texas brisket is fall-apart tender. 960 1280

  

A side of creamy potato salad balances out the tangy pulled-pork sandwich. 960 1280

  

Chicken breasts are slathered with sweet and spicy barbecue sauce. 960 1280

  

It's a major meat fest with barbecue pork ribs served alongside sausage and coleslaw. 960 1280

  

Grilled brats and sausages are staples at any Texas barbecue. 960 1280

  

Wash down all of the smoky goodness with a tall glass of sweet tea. 960 1280

  

The final ingredient for any successful barbecue feast: a table filled with friends. 960 1280

  

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