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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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

Beer, Bourbon, & BBQ Festival  

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

Safeway Barbecue Battle  

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

Atlanta BBQ Festival  

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

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo  

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

Eric Schwortz  

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

  

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

  

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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