Two FoodNetwork celebrity chefs teamed up with the Jacksonville fire and police departments on Saturday for a friendly competition as part of the Hassell Cattle Grilling Games, where the participants’ outdoor BBQ skills were “sear-iously put to the ultimate test!”
The day-long competition, hosted on the shores of Lake Jacksonville, was filmed in the hopes of launching a 13-episode series that will benefit first responders in the East Texas area.
“We have been talking about filming a show that showcases smaller towns and what makes the town special,” Doug Hassell, of Hassell Cattle Company in Rusk, explained. “We also wanted a show that gave back to first responders.”
“We wanted to find a way to show appreciation for what our first responders, better known as local heroes, do for the town,” Hassell continued.
For Hassell Cattle Company, a three-generation ranch and home of the exclusive Blue Collar Wagyu beef, a small-town celebrity…