Kids BBQ Championship

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Young grill masters impress in family-friendly reality show.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 1 review

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Educational Value

While the competitors don't share their recipes in detail, they do explain their thinking process about ingredients and cooking techniques. Viewers see the basic process of preparing, grilling, and presenting food.

Positive Messages

This competition puts young grillers to the test in challenges that encourage their creativity, time management, and skill at the barbecue. There are moments of panic and mishaps that throw best-laid plans into chaos, but the kids think well on their feet and prove perseverant. Eliminations can be hard, but for the most part, all the participants handle criticism well. The contestant pool includes both boys and girls.

Positive Role Models & Representations

These impressive young cooks are great role models for kids. They're highly motivated and have high expectations for themselves, and they work hard to achieve their goals. The hosts and guest judges mix criticism with praise in a way that acknowledges the kids' talents and teaches at the same time. Competition is fierce but friendly.

Violence & Scariness

Rarely, there are kitchen mishaps such as a cut finger.


Sexy Stuff

Show sponsors such as Walmart and Lay's get on-screen recognition, and there's lots of mention of host channel Food Network and its partner magazine.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Kids BBQ Championship is a reality competition that pits eight young grillers against each other for a cash prize, a Food Network magazine spot, and winner status. Each episode challenges contestants to prepare a meal related to a theme (luau, campfire) under a time restriction. The process tests the kids' abilities to work under pressure, think creatively about ingredients and cooking techniques, and present an appealing product. Hosts and guest judges sample the kids' work and offer feedback (both negative and positive) before eliminating one contestant each week. Some kids get emotional when things don't go as planned or when they're sent home, but overall the series features very friendly and self-affirming competition, as well as some impressive skills from these young grill masters.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
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Written byAnonymous May 24, 2017


on the episode of May 23rd 2017 the kids name was Nico he served raw chicken to one of the judges that is a big no in the cooking world I have seen adults do th... Continue reading
Adult Written byMatt B. May 23, 2017

Raw wings verse cooked

I have grilled 1000's of items on the grill, but the other night I watched kids BBQ,
The kids were grilling chicken wings, 3 of the kids grilled their win... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old June 15, 2016

Good and Inspiring Show

This show may be a bit more aimed at boys than girls though but this may inspire kids to use the bbq. The show is a competition where kids will go home and migh... Continue reading

What's the story?

KIDS BBQ CHAMPIONSHIP challenges the country's eight most accomplished young grill masters to a test of the taste buds for the ultimate title of barbecue champ. Hosted by Eddie Jackson and Camila Alves and featuring new guest judges every episode, this six-week competition pits cooking styles and signature dishes against each other and the clock as contestants vie for a $20,000 prize, a magazine feature, and champion bragging rights. Each week will see the show heating up as competition is whittled down by eliminations.

Is it any good?

You don't have to be an aspiring griller yourself to be impressed by this pool of contestants who would put most average backyard flame tenders to shame with their skills. No matter the challenge -- Hawaiian luau to campfire roundup -- these kids can butcher, season, and sizzle with the best of them, and they use every challenge as a chance to experiment and learn something new. In that way they're excellent role models for kids regardless of their interest (or lack thereof) in cooking; they take chances and submit to critique from the experts so they can get better at what they love. The process isn't always easy, but there's something positive to take away from every experience. In so doing, they prove what one contestant names as his reason for being there: "To show that kids can do amazing things."

If your kids (or you, for that matter) are foodies, though, Kids BBQ Championship can inspire you to step outside your comfort zone and mix it up a little at the grill. This isn't an instructional show, but you can pick up plenty of tips from the contestants and the judges on everything from experimenting with ingredients to monitoring the flame to achieve your desired results. This broadly appealing series is a fun pick for curious families and could inspire young chefs in your own house.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the food and techniques the contestants on Kids BBQ Championship use. Did any of their combinations surprise or impress you? Based on what you saw, which dish do you think you'd like the most? Is there any wrong way to cook?

  • What role does family heritage play in the kids' signature flavors or techniques? Which food traditions do you have in your home? Why is food such a central aspect of social events? Can this be a bad thing?

  • What are the benefits of competition? How does it feel to come up short of a goal you've set for yourself? Does losing make you want to give up, or does it inspire you to try again? Are these contestants good role models for their behavior in this competition?

  • How does Kids BBQ Championship promote perseverance? Why is this an important character strength?

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