BBQ Pitmasters

Common Sense Media says

Cooking competition is guaranteed to make you hungry.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The messages are mostly about friendly competition and working hard to produce the best dish. While some of the cooking rigs are pretty lavish, ultimately those with smaller rigs often do just as well as those with the fancy ones.

Positive role models

Most of the competitors are pretty nice to each other, but a fair amount of friendly trash talking takes place, and one cook's attitude is a little on the mean side. Some reinforcement of traditional gender roles, though one featured team is led by a woman.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex
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Language

A fair amount of bleeping, plus audible use of words like "ass," "son of a bitch," and "damn." One of the cooks, in particular, swears like the proverbial sailor.

Consumerism

Some of the cooking rigs are quite over the top and bear known brand names.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Scenes of adults drinking beer after the work is done.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that although this competitive cooking series may not grab kids' attention, there's not much here that's particularly iffy for older tweens and up, aside from some spicy (pun intended) language -- much of which is bleeped. Because BBQ competitions are largely dominated by men, they tend to reinforce traditional gender roles (the wives who do attend are just there to help, not cook). That said, the show features one team that's led by a woman (though one of her rivals says that she's the only woman the guys respect).

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What's the story?

BBQ PITMASTERS presents the world of competitve BBQ as featured through the experience of seven determined teams (six led by men, and one by a woman). Each team travels thousands of miles to various locations to try and outcook everyone else, with each episode featuring a different competition among the many spread out all over the country. Done as a documentary rather than a carefully planned competition show, the series looks at the trials and triumphs of all the teams -- and presents some pretty tasty-looking grub in the process.

Is it any good?

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The worst part of watching this show (if you're a carnivore), is staring at all of the delicious dishes prepared by the best cooks in the country, listening to their description of tenderness and marinades and smoke and flavor, and then realizing that you can't taste any of it. Some of the featured cooks/competitors featured come off as less than endearing, but loving to hate them is kind of fun in its own right.

Oddly enough, it almost feels as though the meats are the real stars here anyway, even though the characters are larger than life. Trust us: You don't want to watch this show on an empty stomach ... unless, that is, you're a vegan or vegetarian.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why they think some of the competing teams are interviewed while others aren't. Do you think it's just for time reasons, or could there be some other reason? What makes someone a good subject for a TV show?

  • How does this show compare to other cooking and/or reality shows you've seen? Which type of show does it have more in common with?

TV details

Network:TLC
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:DVD

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Kid, 9 years old December 29, 2009
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Too much swearing

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