KANSAS CITY, MO. – Pitmaster Melissa Cookston loves playing with fire; she cooks barbecue every day for a living.

The seven-time world barbecue champion, restaurateur and most recently, judge on the Netflix series “The American Barbecue Showdown,” shares more behind-the-scenes insights from the show, including the fact that she didn’t get to play with fire for a month. The eight-episode, barbecue cooking contest show, which debuted on Netflix in September, puts eight amateur grillers and smokers through their paces with a series of challenges devised to push their skills at the grill to the limit.

In this episode of the MEAT+POULTRY Podcast she explains how different cuts of meat can influence the quality of the cook; how the competition barbecue scene has changed; and the “dance” that Cookston and her crew have done to keep her Memphis Barbecue Co. restaurant business booming during the pandemic.

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