Kids BBQ Championship

Barbecuing isn’t just for the adults anymore. Food Network’s new show “Kids BBQ Championship” pits eight of the country’s finest young BBQ-ers against each other to find the best kid grill master. Every competitor is under the age of 13, including L.J. Ruth, who is a native of Tampa Bay. LJ – who goes by “Fluffy” thanks to his curly mop of hair, is 11, and describes himself as a “mad scientist” of grilling.

Kids BBQ Championship premiers May 23 at 8pm ET/PT on Food Network. Camila Alves and Eddie Jackson lead the young chefs through a series of red-hot challenges testing their BBQ skills and creativity on the grill – and only one competitor takes home the grand prize: $20,000 and a feature in Food Network Magazine. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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