Jamie’s search for the best cheap food in America brings him to Georgia, one of the country’s poorest states and the birthplace of the civil rights movement. Despite the recession, Jamie finds a hopeful nation following the election of President Obama and people determined to make the best food possible with limited finances and ingredients. His journey becomes an exploration of communal dining—pot-luck church dinners, street parties, ladies’ tea parties and family roasts. Edging down the Georgia coast, Jamie hears about a huge barbecue competition in Florida. With a team of people he’s met along the way he decides to try his luck against some of America’s most experienced barbecue cooks.