Southern pride and southern food go together like biscuits and gravy. On Monday, July 13 (10 p.m. ET/PT), the Deen brothers will embark on a "Southern Fried Road Trip," discovering some of the best local delicacies and outdoor adventures the south has to offer. Along the way, they will celebrate all the people, places and pride of Dixie - from gumbo and gator on the banks of the Bayou in Louisiana, to horseracing and bourbon in the heart of Kentucky, and to brisket and blues music in Mississippi.
"The south is one big culinary adventure, and on this road trip the Deen brothers let their stomachs be the guide. Jamie and Bobby are funny, curious and fearless as they travel, taste and share all that the south has to offer," said Bob Tuschman, general manager and senior vice president at Food Network.
Throughout the series, adventures and appetite lure Bobby and Jamie across the south, reliving some of their favorite childhood memories as they stop to get a taste of the culinary scene and local attractions.
In one episode, they travel to West Virginia to wrestle the famed whitewater rapids of New River Gore. After a long day on the water, the boys are eager to chow down on grilled ribs with spicy homemade barbecue sauce, haddock fish sandwiches with homemade tartar sauce, and fried green tomato sandwiches. Of course, they leave room for dessert, including fresh strawberry pie, and blackberry and banana split milkshakes.
In another episode, they head to Alabama for one of the most recognizable burgers: a deep-fried "Slugburger" (it does not contain slugs as an ingredient). While in town, they also sample unique dishes, such as Carl John's fried bologna sandwich and tomato pie with garlic pickles. Their dreams of becoming astronauts finally come true as they visit Space Camp for an out-of-this-world experience. They even train like real space explorers in anti-gravity chairs and harnesses.
Bobby Deen has hosted his own series on Cooking Channel, "Not My Mama's Meals," as well as "Food Network's Holiday Baking Championship" and "Spring Baking Championship." Over the years, Bobby, together with his brother, has published four books: "The Deen Bros. Cookbook - Recipes From The Road," "Y'all Come Eat," "Take It Easy" and "Get Fired Up." In 2013, Bobby authored his own cookbook, titled "From Mama's Table to Mine," which was No. 1 on The New York Times Best Seller List. He recently released his second cookbook, "Everyday Eats."
Jamie Deen has hosted his own series on Food Network, "Home for Dinner with Jamie Deen." He is an entrepreneur and businessman who has played an integral part of success of his family restaurants - The Bag Lady and The Lady & Sons. He is also an accomplished author, and has published four cookbooks along with his brother, Bobby. Today, he lives with his wife, Brooke, and their two children in Savannah.