Padma announces that for the Elimination Challenge, they are going from modern to traditional THANK GOD. They'll be making barbecue. Haven't they already done this? I feel like this whole season is chili and barbecue. Anyway, Nathan also won the world barbecue challenge or something so he's great at everything except not being a nerd. Padma tells them to split into three teams on their own. Nobody wants to work with Beverly the Weirdo, so she ends up with the other weirdos, who are both named Chris. Lindsay and Grayson latch onto Paul because they're no dummies, which leaves Ty and Edward with Sarah. Strange groupings and not what I would have predicted. The challenge is to serve barbecue to over 300 guests at the Salt Lick. Even I've heard of that place. I've been near it but haven't eaten there. They get all night to cook because it's barbecue. They have to cook chicken, beef brisket and pork spareribs, and also create two sides. That's a LOT of food. And they have to put all three meats on each plate. Whoa.
The teams go shopping at Whole Foods first. Ty thinks he and Edward work well together, so he's confident. Bev and the Chrises decide to do a basic Texas barbeque. Paul and his ladies want to go for something different, so they are moving in an Asian direction. Edward is already complaining about Sarah; mostly about how she used to be from Chicago but her Texas accent keeps getting thicker and thicker. And I do think Sarah's "I'm so Texas, y'all!" schtick is annoying but maybe Edward should just focus on his food or find another teammate if it's so terrible. Then they head to Restaurant Depot to get meat. Chris Hollywood is making Dr. Pepper barbeque sauce. His theory is that Dr. Pepper is from Texas so it makes sense. It is? It does? It seems a little Cracker Barrel to me.
The cheftestants arrive at The Salt Lick and meet Scott Roberts, the owner. He looks like he eats a lot of barbeque, if you get my drift. I'm saying that he's chubby. He shows them the giant stone fire pit where the barbeque is cooked. It's kind of amazing. Then he brings out some food for them to try, which they eat family style. Glad this episode had an extra fifteen minutes in it so that we could watch the cheftestants eat meat. And then there's a hugely embarrassing commercial for the automotive sponsor. Look, I get that they need to take product placement to produce the show and I've made my peace with it. But this is totally over the top, where they make the cheftestants talk about how great the vehicles are and how much it can haul and blech. Anyway, they go off in the woods somewhere and find some spare barbeque pits that just happened to be hanging out there. I guess that's where they'll be cooking. Unless it's Chris Hollywood's hideout for keeping his victims.