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Watch two KC-area barbecue pros on Food Network’s ‘Chopped’

Megan Day said competing on Food Network’s “Chopped Grill Masters” was challenging because “you have no clue what’s in the basket.”
Megan Day said competing on Food Network’s “Chopped Grill Masters” was challenging because “you have no clue what’s in the basket.”

Heads up, Food Network fans: Two Kansas City-area barbecue pros will compete on “Chopped Grill Masters,” a five-part tournament that premieres Tuesday, Aug. 1.

Megan Day of Lee’s Summit, a member of the Burnt Finger BBQ competitive team, will try to smoke three other pitmasters on “Grill Masters: Battle 1,” set to air at 9 p.m. Tuesday. On the show, the grill masters sweat it out in an outdoor kitchen to whip up an appetizer, entree and dessert using baskets full of surprise ingredients. According to a Food Network release, those ingredients include giant beef ribs, “a weird pie” and (gulp) “a vegan product.”

“It’s such an adrenaline rush, because nobody knows what’s in their basket,” Day said Friday in a phone interview.

Look for Richard “Fergie” Fergola of Gardner, a pitmaster on the team Fergolicious BBQ, on “Grill Masters: Battle 2,” which airs at 9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8.

“Double proteins make the entree a carnivore’s dream,” according to Food Network, “and the two competitors who make it to the dessert basket find ways to make beans the center of their sweet dishes.”

The show was shot in April in New York, and the grill masters can’t reveal the results just yet. If Day or Fergola won their episodes, they also competed in the finale battle episode, which airs at 9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 29. The ultimate winner gets $50,000 and a trip to California’s Napa Valley.

Want to watch the premiere with other barbecue addicts? Day, who works with her husband, Jason, to make Smokey Kansas City sauces and seasonings and a crazy barbecue product called a Bacon Explosion, is planning a watch party at Martin City Pizza & Taproom, 410 E. 135th St. The party starts at 6 p.m., but the show doesn’t premiere until 9 p.m., so guests are invited to drop by early to congratulate Day if they’d rather watch later at home.

Fergola is also planning a watch party at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8 at Austins Bar & Grill, 245 N. Moonlight Road in Gardner.

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