With the arrival of the 4th of July, Americans are left to ponder many things: what freedom really means, the sacrifices of those who have made our country great, and most importantly, what kind of animal flesh will we be grilling up that afternoon. As we celebrate the glorious red, white, and blue, most of us like to slap some juicy burgers on the grill, because that’s the most American way (or black bean burger for all you vegans out there). Even in turbulent times, we have a lot to be thankful for, and that thankfulness and pride calls for a good old fashioned barbecue.
The time-honored tradition of the summer barbecue has made its way into our pop cultural consciousness, with many shows attempting to prove their protagonists are the grill master supreme. Whether it’s by eating, building, or grilling, these shows prove that no one can say no to a good grill-out. Let’s count down to the ultimate meat master.