ABC's "The Chew" serves up a tasty treat in primetime with co-hosts Mario Batali, Michael Symon, Carla Hall, Clinton Kelly and Daphne Oz roving the country for the most unforgettable barbecues and cookouts. Which will be crowned the ultimate? Find out on "Ultimate BBQ Cookout Countdown," airing Saturday, May 25 (9 p.m.), on the ABC Television Network.
Kelly travels to Short Beach in Stratford, Conn., for an "Ultimate Clambake" with "Clambake King" Ron Cohn of Clambakes of Connecticut. They start off with a classic New England version, then a Maryland blue crab boil, and finish with a southern low country boil.
Batali and pro driver Clint Bowyer join thousands of racing fans from all over the world as they fire up their tailgate grills along the boulevard at NASCAR's Talladega Speedway in Alabama.
Hall goes cowgirl when she rides into the 23rd annual Chuck Wagon and Cowboy Cook-Off in Abilene, Texas. Everything from food to equipment to campsites is presented as authentically (and deliciously) as possible by the competitors to preserve the integrity of the days of the cattle drive.
Meat-lover Symon visits the Memphis in May World Champion BBQ Contest in Tennessee. It's a ferocious and freewheeling competition featuring the biggest personalities and most delicious foods the world of barbecue has to offer.
Oz attends the annual Memorial Day Cookout at The Veterans' Agricultural Training Program in San Diego with Dylan Ratigan, former MSNBC host and New York Times writer. He quit his job and invested everything he had in this remarkable farm program that helps troubled vets re-enter civilian life.
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