Recap: BBQ Brawl S2E3 – “BBQ Hacks”

Monk: In a bit of a change of pace, I’m going to try my hand at TV recapping for the second season of BBQ Brawl, which airs for *checks notes* 10 episodes *gulp* on Monday nights at 9pm ET on Food Network. 10 episodes? Well let’s see how this goes…

As it goes this season, the loser of last week’s challenge gets to pick the first challenge, and Eddie goes with “Good for You ‘Cue” for a healthier kind of barbecue with the twist of just the captains cooking this week to gain their team a potential advantage in the Team Brawl. And it seems that Eddie is still a bit salty with his favorite chef Max going home last week. I wonder how Christopher feels about that or if he is even aware. I also have to say, it seems a bit early for the contestants to get to take a challenge off.

Bobby wins the challenge with his charred eggplant and grilled shrimp over Eddie’s steak salad and Michael’s grilled halibut. That earns him the advantage of Rodney Scott starting his team’s campfire in the “Campfire Feast” before the timer starts, essentially giving his team a solid 10-15 minute head start. With a fire master like Rodney taking care of that piece (even utilizing bacon fat to get it started), the team can focus on meal planning while the other teams have to play catch up.

Terry gives his team a scare with his fire-tending skills but ultimately gets his sliced brisket seared so he can grind for for his barbecue beans in addition to barbecue chicken. Brendan is making a classic hot guts sausage while Erica decides to do a Mexican corn salad, and pastry chef Taylor takes on dessert in the form of a corn layer cake with blueberry compote. Ultimately, the barbecue beans are scrapped when the texture gets too mushy and Bobby nixes it in favor of some last minute rosemary potatoes which he referred to as “recovery potatoes” during judging, much too Bobby’s dismay.

For Team Eddie, Christopher takes campfire chili made with short rib even though Lu was hoping to be able to make chili and is apparently “very, very good at it.” Instead, she takes jalapeno poppers and Mexican street corn while Megan takes a Dutch baby dessert which is cross between a crepe and a pancake.

The disaster for Christopher that was previewed last week comes when his pot falls into the fire when the rocks apparently shifted but lucky for him his campfire chili avoids falling completely into the fire. Still, not ideal and could play a part in the judging.

Team Michael has Brittani making lump crab and corn fritters while Ara and David tackle a chuck roast and bone-in pork chops and Ara makes a smoked blueberry panna cotta for dessert. Brittani comments to the camera about having to step back to men in this industry, but gets her revenge during judging where she gets “bite of the day” for her crab and corn fritters, and ultimately lifts Team Michael to be the first safe team of the day.

Between the other teams, Team Bobby narrowly edges out Team Eddie in what the judges say was the toughest decision yet. Bobby once again avoids the bottom.

Team Eddie joins the judges in their “Barbecutie Clubhouse” yet again this week. The Mexican street corn and the jalapeno poppers from Lu are called out as favorites, so it comes down to Christopher’s burnt-ish tasting chili and Megan’s Dutch baby that wasn’t quite the right texture. In the end, Megan goes home which she half expects after her her team lands in the bottom.

Bells for Megan, yet another cooking show contestant who “takes one for the team” and ends up going home for a dessert she didn’t want to make.

Christopher Prieto Watch: Christopher narrowly avoids going home for his short rib chili which had a slight burnt taste. He continues to be confident but after a big first impression in the premiere, Christopher has been humbled a little bit the past two episodes. Team Eddie is down to just two contestants, so he and Lu will surely be busy for next week’s tailgate challenge.

What was your favorite part of episode 3 of BBQ Brawl season 2? Leave your response in the comments and be sure to check back next week for a recap of episode 4.

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