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Old 07-09-2009, 10:40 PM   #1
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Default Whadda You Think About Food Network And BBQ?

We watch a lot of the Food Network shows. Some, I turn to the "Enema Channel" when they come on. A lot are pretty informative. What is your overview or specific thoughts. BBQ is not aired as much as I would like but they do have some pretty good shows from time to time.
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Old 07-09-2009, 10:51 PM   #2
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I'm kinda tired of Bobby Flay being the sole source of bbq/grilling knowledge on the channel.
The Neely's have the experience, but are a little too sweet for me. I have got some good info from Alton Brown though.
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Old 07-09-2009, 10:54 PM   #3
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Cryo, what the fark are you doin up this late? Oh, post is about Food Network.
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Old 07-09-2009, 11:06 PM   #4
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I used to watch the Food Network quite a bit, but; they got rid of most
of the shows that actually taught you something....except for "Good Eats"
with Alton Brown.
I never did care much for Emeril ...he never actually taught you much, and
he was always touching his ears or eyes or nose and then go back to
the dish he was making and never washed his hands.
Now I watch more cooking shows on PBS, like "America's Test Kitchen" or
"Ming Tsai" and "Everyday Food" and a couple others.

It seems like many of the shows on The Food Network are just for
entertainment; rather than to actually teach you something.
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Old 07-09-2009, 11:26 PM   #5
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#1 the Neely's suck, and are unwatchable, and also have as much to do with Interstate as I do. Bobby Flay is good for grilling but not true BBQ, and he even says that on the Throwdown show, and he usually loses. Alton Brown is my fave on Food Network, I think because he gets everything down to tacticle, scientific reasons.
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Old 07-09-2009, 11:28 PM   #6
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My favorites are Iron Chef America and Chef Robert Irvine. I wish they could give more Irvine. Whenever the FN goes into real kitchens I like. Just wish it would be under more realistic situations, not the "make a multi-course meal in a minute" type stuff.

The other show I watch is actually a couple shows over on the Travel Channel with Chef Anthony Bourdain.

Food Network has a couple shows on the weekend that could be interesting but I am not up in time to watch . . .as they wake up I go to bed. One day I'll get tivo or something.

As for the FN and BBQ, too much of their stuff goes into the oven. After queing for about a month now and after doing "bbq ribs" in the oven where I worked once, there is no comparison. Only one is BBQ and the other is baked.
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Old 07-09-2009, 11:44 PM   #7
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Food Network can't do much with "real" BBQ any more than there could be a "Watching Paint Dry" channel. The camera needs to look -- and you know the saying, if you're looking you're not cooking!

The Versus BBQ championship series were the closest you could come to a show about BBQ, albeit in a competition format. And there had to be a lot about prep and equipment and backstories and everything to fill in the time except the actual cooking, because staring at a closed cooker door isn't exactly the stuff of barn-burning ratings.
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I tivo'd Ina Garten making bbq pizza. I dig Alton, Guy and Alton....thats about it for me. Cheeyaaada' is pretty cool fer watching you know....***'s, and teeth...
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foodnetwork is the pits now. not what it was before. now its just show with no depth. i used to watch a lot but now i hardly watch at all. all the good shows are gone.
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bbq = time and good bbq takes more time than the 30 min show will call for
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I really enjoy a lot of the shows for the drama from great chefs...but who do you think, individual, or shows, that help promote real bbq?
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Old 07-10-2009, 12:40 AM   #12
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I really enjoy a lot of the shows for the drama from great chefs...but who do you think, individual, or shows, that help promote real bbq?

Probably Bobby Flay, Alton Brown, Guy & RR (when their travel shows hit BBQ joints). I'd Say Bobby, with all his shows averaged out, promote grilling/bbq more so than any of them.
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I really enjoy a lot of the shows for the drama from great chefs...but who do you think, individual, or shows, that help promote real bbq?
I haven't seen anybody since Jack McDavid packed up his kettle and left Bobby Flay holding his weiner, (Grillin' & Chillin'). Granted, even that wasn't real BBQ per se but at least he had the good sense to use charcoal.
Alton's pretty entertaining and knows his stuff, Giadia's fun to look at...late.... in the dark... I also like Big Daddy, that his name?? he seems to be able to cook.. a rarity on that network lately
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Definitly like Bobby flay when he brings in the people from around the country to grill with him Ive taken quite a few new ideas from the guests.
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I watched Ina Garten make ribs the other day. She was explaining the different types of ribs there were to choose from. She said she didn't like spare ribs because they had too much fat on them. So she goes on say how she is using country ribs in this recipe. Well she had regular St. Louis style spares. Gheeeeesh..... where do they get these people.
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