On Thursday, June 6, KLRU will air a television special entitled The Kings of BBQ: Barbecue Kuwait.

The documentary details the experience of five BBQ pitmasters (Myron Mixon, Johnny Trigg, Jaime Geer, Nicole Davenport, and George Stone) and their trip to a military base in Kuwait to create a Southern-style cookout consisting of smoked brisket and chicken for 5,000 U.S. troops. The feast was organized by the United Service Organizations (USO), and executive producer John Markus spent years planning, securing the equipment, spices, sides, and meat needed to transport the barbecue experience to the Middle East. Davenport and Trigg are both Texas pitmasters.

Before the barbecue film airs, KLRU will feature clips from the YouTube series BBQ with Franklin (that’s Aaron Franklin, pitmaster of Franklin Barbecue, which was just named Texas Monthly‘s number-one joint in Texas). The clips feature instructional methods on how to prepare and cook top-notch backyard barbecue.

Those who donate to KLRU during the program’s airing (8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. CST) have the opportunity to attend a special “Meat & Greet” at Franklin Barbecue in Austin on July 9.

Photograph courtesy of KLRU.