It’s a competition at its sizzling best as top barbecue chefs across America engage in heated food battles to see who is the Baron of Brisket, the Prince of Pork, and the Squire of Sauce.

They may be some of the most successful BBQ competitors around, but every competition is a clean slate and an imposing challenge. We follow 4 noted BBQ teams as they compete as some of the most prestigious and demanding BBQ competitions on the circuit to see what it’s really like when you’re in the thick of the battle.