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Eddie Jackson took an interesting journey on his way to hosting a culinary TV show. A former college and pro football player, Jackson first competed on "MasterChef" in 2013 -- ending in eighth place -- before winning the 11th season of "Food Network Star" in 2015. "BBQ Blitz," which is the result of his "Star" victory, combines two of Jackson's passions: barbecue and competition. He travels to a different city in each episode and challenges three of the best local grillers, smokers and fire-roasters to an outdoor cook-off in front of a crowd of spectators. Each competitor must transform a signature grilled dish into a totally different meal for the two judges. After an elimination, Jackson chooses an ingredient that the final two contestants must turn into a barbecue dish. Whoever makes the best bite, as determined by the judges, wins $5,000 and barbecue bragging rights in their town.The judging panel mixes culinary experts with Jackson's friends, including former NFL players.

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In Charlotte, N.C., Eddie Jackson is hosting a tailgating party where the competitors are ready to prove that North Carolina knows its barbecue; chef Tom Condron and former Carolina Panthers cornerback Dante Wesley judge the results.
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Eddie Jackson heads to Miami, where a batch of barbecuing all-stars compete; judges, chef Ingrid Hoffmann and NFL Legend Mark Super Duper.
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Eddie Jackson heads to his hometown of Montgomery, Ala. and finds three local chefs willing to test their grilling skills in a barbecue throwdown; judges Chris Lilly, vice president of Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q, and NFL star Eddie Boo Williams.
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Eddie Jackson heads back to his hometown of Dallas, where he pits some of Texas's best chefs and pit masters against one another; judges chef John Tesar and former Dallas Cowboy Ken "The Hammer" Hamlin.
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Eddie Jackson heads to Kansas City, Mo., home of cool jazz music and, of course, sizzling hot barbecue; chef Jasper Mirabile and former Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Quinton Caver serves as judges.
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Eddie Jackson makes his way back to where he played college football in Little Rock, Ark. to check out what the top chefs in town can do in the BBQ Blitz arena; judges, chef Kardea Brown and former football player Anthony Lucas.

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