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The rise of competitive BBQing

Right behind poker and competitive eating, competitive barbecuing is quickly becoming quite popular around the country, says Darren Rovell.

Updated: September 9, 2005, 11:25 AM ET
By Darren Rovell | ESPN.com

With its recent purchase of the National Hockey League's television rights, OLN is showing signs that it might push to become a major sports network. Whether that ever comes to fruition might depend as much on beef on grills as skates on ice.

This Saturday at 10 p.m., OLN is airing the season finale of its original program, the "All-Star BBQ Showdown." It's the culmination of a series of nine grill-offs between professional and amateur chefs for the right to be called the best barbecue ...

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