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Mar 13, 2009 03:39 PM

Raleigh's Ed Mitchell to be on Food Network!

Ed Mitchell, the well known BBQ Master of The Pit restaurant was filmed by the food network today.
We had responded to a notice on Craigslist calling for audience members dressed for spring time.
Well, the weather disappointed, but Ed shined as always. A bit into the filming I noticed something familiar about the man walking towards the tent, as he put a finger to his lips to hush the audience Ed realized something was up and turned around to find it was a Bobby Flay Throwdown!

It was fascinating to see the behind the scenes mechanism that put a show together. Being tortured for hours with the scent of rival ribs cooking was well worth it once we were digging into the pork goodness. The only thing that could have made it better would have been to extend the throwdown to include banana pudding!

The producer indicated that this should show in May as part of a BBQ feature week. This segment is "Tales From the Pit". Good for you Ed, it is great seeing you get the exposure and recognition you deserve. You couldn't find a nicer fellow to pick a pig with!

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  1. dang it! that's come I never hear about these kind of things until they are over!?!

    1. What fun to be an "inadvertent insider" to the show - let us know whenever it's going to be on, if you hear!

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      1. re: LindaWhit

        More importantly - tell us who won!!

        1. re: chicaraleigh

          They swore us to secrecy! If I spilled the (BBQ'd) beans you wouldn't respect me in the morning...All the food was delicious, just differing approaches.

          I will say my SO and I liked Ed's ribs best, but thought Bobby's sauce was kicka$$. Being an Eastern NC style fan I wouldn't usually use sauce on my pork, but Bobby's sauce would be awesome on my BBQ chicken!

          1. re: meatn3

            yum...drooling just thinking about it.....I was pretty sure you were sworn to secrecy but you can't blame me for asking!

        2. re: LindaWhit

          Yesterdays News & Observer, our local newspaper, mentioned that this will air at 8:30 p.m. , May 27th on the Food Network.

        3. Thanks for the headsup. I can't wait, although I think Ed would be called a pitmaster not BBQ master.

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          1. re: Raleighmark

            Yep, that sounds right! I don't think in words, so I often get close but not exact with my wording. Always appreciate help with the correct phrase! People close to me know it is like a continual game of charades or something in fine tuning my sentences.

            Different topic, the folks from The Pit gave each person a nice selection of coupons as a thank you for coming. And the tastings were generous, initially two good sized ribs from each "team" . Slight shades of Hell's Kitchen with the red and blue teams. Today unemployment had it's perks in being free to attend!

          2. This is airing Wed., May 27th at 8:30 on the East coast!