Spoilers for Season 1 of American Barbecue Showdown.
If you've found yourself seeking out local smokehouses or places that specialize in slow-cooked Southern fare after binge-watching the likes of Barbecue Pitmasters on TLC or Chef's Table BBQ on Netflix, then you'll want to tune in to American Barbecue Showdown.
Season 1 of the Netflix original competition series focuses on which home cooks and backyard barbecuers can make the best smoked meat, to determine who is worthy of the title of America's Barbecue Champion.
Hosted by Rutledge Wood and comedian Lyric Lewis, and judged by Kevin "Big Kev" Bludso and Melissa Cookston, American Barbecue Showdown is all about creating complicated flavor profiles, cooking for big crowds, and succeeding while using unique ingredients.
On each episode, one chef is named Star Pitmaster, while another gets eliminated. So who came out on top?
Who is the American Barbecue Showdown Season 1 winner? Keep reading to find out what happens in the finale.
Who is the winner of Season 1 of 'American Barbecue Showdown'?
After eight days of intense competition, and tasks that included cooking for 50 firefighters; choosing between iguana, racoon, and hare meat; and creating signature sandwiches, only two cooks remained: Tina Cannon and Rasheed Phillips.
From the beginning, Tina was a fan favorite. She had no qualms about telling the hosts and judges that the time limit didn't really work for her, and she had hilarious commentary about what she was bringing to the competition.
"The fun thing about being a Southern belle [is] sometimes you can get by with stuff. Like, when I cook in contests, I wear pearls. I look like a little girl," she said. "They don't think anything about me, but I sneak up on you and you don't even know it."
Tina eventually got into the swing of the competition, though she was admittedly far behind the other contestants during the first challenge. The Southern belle and her pearls made it through to the end.
Rasheed, on the other hand, was an immediate frontrunner.
"Some of my favorite memories are tied to food," the Jamaica native explained on the show, before adding that his first cookbook was from Julia Child.
"I'm not a chef. I'm not a pitmaster. Those are titles you have to earn," Rasheed said. "I am a guy who just manages not to burn the food."
For the finale, Rasheed and Tina had the difficult task of cooking an entire hog. Neither of the finalists had ever cooked an entire pig before, which made the challenge all the more difficult. They also had to cook brisket, four sides, two sauces, and a dessert.
Tina selected to make sweet and cowboy coffee sauces, hoecakes, pinto beans, Mac & cheese, creamed corn, and peach cobbler in addition to the meats.
Rasheed's brisket and hog were accompanied by pork belly smoked Mac & cheese, cheese cornbread, pork and beans, purple mashed potatoes, mustard and hot sauces, and an apple cobbler.
The person who secured the title of America's Barbecue Champion was Tina.
"I came here to prove that women can barbecue, just like the guys. They can compete, just like the guys," Tina said after winning.
Rasheed was a gracious loser, and he said coming in second to Tina was "an honor" because she had way more experience than he did.
Will 'American Barbecue Showdown' return for Season 2?
Netflix has yet to officially renew or cancel the series. American Barbecue Showdown was released on Sept. 18, so fans can expect to wait a while before a definitive decision is made. Until then, the mouth-watering selections featured on Season 1 will have to suffice.
Season 1 of American Barbecue Showdown is available to stream on Netflix now.