Pitmaster Brendan Lamb of Smiley’s Roanoke cooks for chef-lebrities on ‘BBQ Brawl’ on Food Network

One of Food Network’s fiery shows of the summer, BBQ Brawl, premieres June 14, 2021 featuring North Texas pitmaster Brendan Lamb.

Lamb is the owner of Smiley’s Craft Barbecue, which opened in 2018 in Roanoke. He is one of two Texans among the 12 contestants on the show: There’s also Ara Malekian, former executive chef for Wolfgang Puck and current pitmaster at Harlem Road Texas BBQ in Richmond, Texas, west of Houston. (In a list of the top 25 new barbecue joints by Texas Monthly in 2019, writer Daniel Vaughn called Malekian “the Indiana Jones of Texas barbecue” — and we’re intrigued to see him in action on BBQ Brawl.)

It’s BBQ Brawl’s second season, and Food Network has juiced up the show with more contestants than the first season, and a third celebrity chef team captain. This time, Bobby Flay, Michael Symon and new addition Eddie

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