HISTORY® 2013 Cross-Country Cookout Tour: Bringing the American BBQ to you

This summer the HISTORY® channel is taking the good old American barbecue to a whole new level. Partnering with Delta SkyMiles American Express Card, the HISTORY® channel is in the process of a 13-city tour across the US in “The Ultimate Smoker & Grill”, a giant 80-foot long rig equipped with a grill and two kinds of smokers all designed by the “Rib Whisperer” Texas Native and master BBQ chef Trace Arnold.

HISTORY Cross Country Cookou

As a travel blogger and Minneapolis native, I was invited by Delta SkyMiles for American Express to attend the event and sample some of the finest grilled and smoked BBQ on wheels. The event is being sponsored by Delta SkyMiles for American Express as a way to build community and also treat its membership pool of local cardholders to an authentic, family oriented event that builds on the tradition and fun of a good, old-fashioned summer barbecue.

The cookout was held in Northeast Minneapolis on the site of a future Minneapolis park. It afforded a great view of the Minneapolis skyline as well as the Mississippi River that meanders throughout the city.

The cookout offered free samples of the Rib Whisperer’s delicious hickory-smoked and jalapeno cheddar sausage and had fun summer backyard games for the kids.

the Rib Whisperer's delicious hickory-smoked and jalapeno cheddar sausage

The Rib Whisperer’s delicious hickory-smoked and jalapeno cheddar sausage

Hickory-smoked sausages

Hickory-smoked sausages awaiting cooking

The best part of the day however was the tour of the rig. Here we got to see firsthand how the Rib Whisperer works his magic. My kids could hardly wait to climb on board!

History Cross Country Cookout

My children wearing HISTORY channel bandanas gearing up to board the rig

The Rib Whisper Trace Arnold

The Rib Whisperer Trace Arnold demonstrates how he makes pulled pork

Sliced Pork Butt

Sliced Pork Butt (from the shoulder) is used to make pulled pork.

The Rib Whisperer prepares pulled pork

The Rib Whisperer prepares pulled pork

The 80–foot Ultimate Smoker and Grill is the size of a tanker and is hauled by a semi. We received a tour of the rig which contains a giant grill and two different kinds of smokers. The giant wood-fired grill (48″ x 120″) has the capacity to cook over 1,000 hotdogs, 500 hamburgers or 200 16-oz steaks at one time.

We also got to check out the smoker which has the capacity to slow-smoke 2,000 pounds of meat! It sure smelled good.

So what was our favorite part of the day (besides the tour of course)? Eating the mouth-watering barbecued food! My husband enjoyed three different types of savory barbecued meats while I sampled the grilled veggies. We even got to bring home a jar of our special BBQ sauce. But I’m not sure we’ll be ever able to re-create the same level of magic made by the Rib Whisperer. It is so good that you’ll have to just try it out for yourself.

If you are interested in checking out the tour’s next stops, click here.

Next stops include: Chicago (7/20), Oshkosh (7/29/7/31), Sturgis, SD (8/4-8/6), Las Vegas (8/10) and LA (8/17-8/18)

Note: As a travel blogger and native of Minneapolis, I was invited on behalf of Delta SkyMiles American Express to attend this event. I received no compensation and the opinions expressed in this post are all my own. My family and I enjoy barbecuing all summer long!


  1. You are sooo lucky! My mouth is watering just from viewing your pictures. I just returned from the states and my family wanted to know what I wanted to eat. Barbeque was the first thing on my list, so we went to Henry’s Smoked Barbeque shack…the best barbeque in the South! I wish I could smell your post. LOL I’m drooling.

  2. Jen

    Wow, that sounds awesome! I wish they would come to Virginia where you can get some really amazing BBQ! It would be fun to try the different flavors! Great post, sure sounds like a fun day!

  3. Now you have really done it!!!!!! It’s dinnertime here in Mexico. I am a bar-b-que fanatic. Those hickory-smoked sausages took me over the edge. Told Rita dinner goes back in the fridge. We’re off to the Longhorn Smoke House. The only place I can get real bar-b-que in San Miguel de Allende. Gosh!!! I could look at this post over and over.

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