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Murky Waters to brawl in BBQ on Cooking Channel

Angelica Salvage serves a table at Murky Waters Blues & BBQ in Gulfport on Monday June 6, 2016.
Angelica Salvage serves a table at Murky Waters Blues & BBQ in Gulfport on Monday June 6, 2016. jcfitzhugh@sunherald.com

Can a guy from Brooklyn compete with the barbecue pitmasters of Murky Waters?

Find out when "Big Bad BBQ Brawl" premieres at 9 p.m. Tuesday on the Cooking Channel.

Shannon Ambrosio is a chef who specializes in Southern barbecue and is the pitmaster for Come 'N Get It, a family-owned and -operated restaurant in Brooklyn.

Ambrosio brings his "gourmet BBQ" talents to Gulfport to take on the Murky Waters Blues & BBQ crew in the first episode of the new series.

The show will feature a "Southern-style barbecue sandwich showdown," according to the show's website. It goes on to tease, "Will putting his Brooklyn spin on traditional Southern barbecue be enough to win over the judges, or will Murky Waters keep the title of best BBQ in town?"

You'll have to tune in Tuesday night to find out.

Murky Waters on 27th Avenue in Gulfport features dry-rubbed barbecue. It was founded in 2012 by college buddies Frankie Penn, Brandon Atwell and Thomas Young. They now have a second location on Government Street in Ocean Springs.

Penn said the production crew for the show contacted Murky Waters about doing an episode.

"They had filmed in Texas and Louisiana and said they wanted something in Mississippi," Penn said. "They loved our story about us being young and they read our online reviews and wanted us to be part of the show."

Penn said the episode, "Sweet and Savory," was filmed in November. They adjusted their BBQ Nachos recipe and added baked beans to give it more of a sweet taste, but Penn said they wanted the barbecue sandwich competition for the start.

"One of the judges said, 'This is real barbecue. This reminds me of Memphis.'"

Ambrosio will hit other barbecue joints in the South for his show. Already on the schedule are stops in Charleston, Atlanta, Mobile, Shreveport and Fort Worth.

"(Shannon) is an amazing guy," Penn said. "When we were done shooting for the day, we'd go and have a drink. He has a big, Brooklyn accent and he knows a lot about barbecue, obviously. His brother was here with him. They are both great guys."

Penn said he and his fellow owners hope the television exposure will help them get the Murky Waters name out there.

"I'm surprised that people still haven't heard about us," he said. "We're hoping this will let people see who we are and get our brand out there and that we have great barbecue."

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