Highly-Acclaimed Public Televison Series “Barbecue America” Moves to Oregon Public Broadcasting for Season Two - “Barbecue America … A Second Helping” Explores Very Best in Outdoor Cooking Across America

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Public televisionÂ?s highly-acclaimed Barbecue America, which debuted last year to raves from critics and viewers alike, returns for a second season beginning May 2004, it was announced today by the programÂ?s new presenting station, Oregon Public Broadcasting.

Public television’s highly-acclaimed Barbecue America, which debuted last year to raves from critics and viewers alike, returns for a second season beginning May 2004, it was announced today by the program’s new presenting station, Oregon Public Broadcasting.

In making the announcement, Jack Galmiche, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Oregon Public Broadcasting said: “Rick Browne’s extraordinary skills and talents as the developer and presenter of the engaging program ‘Barbecue America’, combined with Oregon Public Broadcasting’s extensive experience in bringing high quality production to the public television system are the sure-fire ingredients that will continue this program’s success.”

After a successful launch in 2003 with original host station KCTS/Seattle, the program moved to OPB this year in order to keep pre- and post-production closer to home for creator, host and executive producer Rick Browne, who resides in the Portland suburb of Ridgefield, Wash.

A production of Wishing Wells Productions in association with Oregon Public Broadcasting and distributed by American Public Television, “Barbecue America…A Second Helping” will continue to highlight the very best in outdoor cooking as Rick travels the country’s highways, back roads and bayous in his 35-foot Georgie Boy 'Barbecue America' motorhome exploring America's legendary contribution to the culinary landscape.

Season two promises 13 half-hour episodes guaranteed to satisfy the appetites of outdoor grilling fans across the nation and throughout Canada, serving up everything from grilled mahi mahi to emu, pitchfork steaks to wild mushroom sausage, tequila rib-eye steaks to mojo pork butt cooked in a brown paper bag.

Set entirely on location, each episode features a different barbecue event, regional cooking style, local culinary abundance, or restaurant, whose cuisine is a magnet that draws diners from miles away. BBQA serves up local history and lore along with recipes and how-to tips, while discovering the people, places, characters and country that make up the culinary fabric of America.

From the Hold ‘em and Hit ‘em BBQ contest in Texas to a demonstration of Cuban grilling in Florida, from the Crab Festival in San Francisco to deep frying lessons amidst thousands of gators in Orlando, from the Culinary Arts Experience in Charlotte, N.C. -- where barbecue has gone upscale – to the vineyards of the Napa Valley to demonstrate how wine and Que complement each other, BBQA is certain to be the most innovative, and the most fun, cooking program on public television.

Each episode also includes a "backyard” segment in which Browne shows his audience how to cook up championship Que on their own grills, sharing mouth-watering recipes, helpful techniques, and delicious regional and cultural cooking styles learned on his travels. This season, Rick's “backyard” is the magnificent La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, California.

Browne brings impeccable ‘que-dentials’ to his riveting series. Co-author, along with Jack Bettridge, of the critically acclaimed travelogue/cookbook, The Barbecue America Cookbook (Lyons Press), and author of the best-selling Grilling America cookbook and The Frequent Fryers Cookbook (Harper Collins/ReganBooks), he’s one of only two-dozen real-life Doctors of Barbeque Philosophy, holding a Ph.B bestowed upon him by the prestigious Kansas City Barbeque Society.

An award-winning photojournalist for such renowned publications as Time, Newsweek, People, The New York Times and MacLeans, Browne’s keen eye for both the story and visuals translates into remarkable episodes, packed with color, lore and excitement. For more information please visit the Web site at http://www.barbecueamerica.com.

“Barbecue America…A Second Helping” is underwritten in part by The Propane Education and Research Council, Bic, Bayou Classic, Barbeques Galore and the National Pork Board.

Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) is one of the major providers of programs for the PBS national primetime schedule. OPB produces a variety of freestanding documentary specials and series, as well as specials for Frontline, Nova and The American Experience. OPB has an established reputation for penetrating investigative reporting on a wide range of issues in society and the natural world, and specializes in such genres as critical events and contemporary history, business/technology, travel and exploration and science. In addition to a portfolio of commercial TV projects, OPB has also produced regularly for the distance learning and education-video industry.

OPB has produced major Web sites for PBS.org as well as enhanced TV prototypes, books, companion radio documentaries and extensive promotion and outreach campaigns for PBS primetime programs. OPB has also licensed its programs in 29 countries throughout the world.

Oregon Public Broadcasting is also a statewide network of community-supported learning resources, including OPB Television, an affiliate of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), and OPB Radio,

presenting local news coverage and the programs of National Public Radio (NPR) and Public Radio International (PRI). The OPB Web site is opb.org.

Contact Information:    

Selena Lauterer

Oregon Public Broadcasting

503-977-7795

slauterer@opb.org

Linda Buckley (for Barbecue America)

Buckley Communications

407-830-1153; 407-463-0420 (Cell)

buckleycomm@cfl.rr.com

Editor's Note: Downloadable images available in press room at http://www.barbecueamerica.com

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