Barbeque, REAL barbeque, is more than a cooking style, it’s a lifestyle choice.
It’s a consuming passion that we never perfect, but only improve upon. BBQ is NOT the same as Grilling (we’ll cover THAT is the next guidebook!) Low and show, indirect heat, and clean smoke…that’s the mantra of the pit master.
From bacon weaves, to melt-in-you-mouth brisket, to whole roast pigs…if you can cook it, low and slow, in sweet, sweet smoke…
I’ll show you how.
There are plenty of cookbooks out there, but this is a Home Chef’s Guide, and that means more than instructions on how to make single dish.
It means learning the tips, tricks, and techniques the pro’s use to become a better cook…to understand cooking, it means advancing your culinary skills.
Barbeque is not just a method of cooking food– it’s an experience. It’s a culture, a link to our past, a tribute to the resourcefulness of our forbearers, and a reminder of times both great and terrible.
It’s about the age-old mainstays of good food, good friends, and good times. It’s rugged but romantic.
It’s charcoal and chatter.
Here are my most popular dishes, tips, and techniques from nearly four-decades of cooking in, over, and with fire and smoke.
If you’re looking for great recipes and insights for taking your culinary skills to the next level, you’ve come to the right place. From bacon weaves, to melt-in-you-mouth brisket, to whole roast pigs…if you can cook it, low and slow, in sweet, sweet smoke…
I’ll show you how.
Welcome to the fire, Home Chefs!
GRILLING: A Home Chef’s Guide
Grilling. It’s the most primitive of all the cooking methods. Picture our ancient ancestors spearing chunks of raw meat on sticks and gathering around a communal fire to cook their meal.
What would summer be without the sights, and sounds, and smells of meat searing to perfection over glowing coals? The laughter of friends and family, and the sharing of a delicious, flame-kissed meal?
“Grilling: A Home Chef’s Guide” includes dozens of Chef-tested, fully-illustrated recipes, tricks, techniques, and resources for grilling just about anything you can cook over fire!
I guarantee that you will see an instant, and significant improvement in your outdoor cooking! No more wiener flambé, carbonized chicken, or particle-board steaks.
Clear your calendar, strap on your apron, you’re about to become the grilling-god of your family!
There are plenty of cookbooks out there, but a Home Chef’s Guide wants more than just the instructions on how to make single dish a single way.
It means continuing you kitchen education, learning the professional-level tips, tricks, and techniques the pro’s use to become a better cook…to understand cooking, healthy real-food cooking, it means advancing your culinary skills until recipes are no longer really necessary.
First there were 12, then there were three, and then…after 3 rounds of tie-votes (Gahh!) we have a winner!
Now to send it to my graphic artist (she’ll make the sub-title bigger, by the way.)
Looking at about 30 days to release date!
Here’s a little preview recipe…
Carolina Gold Baby Back Ribs
Now, mustard barbecue sauces are completely different than your regular red sauces, obviously, but not just due to the mustard. They’re also much, much tangier, especially the Carolina ones, than the average joe sauces, too.
1 rack baby back pork ribs, (rinse, pat dry, remove sinew from back)
1/2 Cup Dry Rub
South Carolina Gold Sauce (see below)
Place a large sheet of foil, several inches longer than the ribs at each end, onto working surface dull side-up. Spray center with non stick spray. Place ribs, meat side-up, onto foil. Coat with a little over half of the dry rub, coating well.
Turn ribs over, making sure they are in the center, and coat bone side with rest of rub. Bring long-edged sides of foil up to meet and carefully roll down to meet the top of the ribs.
Fold ends of foil inward like an envelope and roll up. It should be a nice closed package touching the meat. Just be careful not to tear the foil. You want it sealed closed.
Place rib package onto foil-lined baking sheet folded side-up (meat side-down). Let rest and preheat smoker.
Pop into preheated 300º F smoker for 2½ hours.
Remove ribs from foil, coat well with 1/2 of the sauce. Increase smoker temp to 350º F.
When smoker reaches 350, return the ribs, uncovered, and smoke for 5 minutes, bone up.. Flip the ribs over, and baste with rest of sauce. Smoke for 5 minutes longer.
Remove from smoker and let rest at least 10 minutes.
Slice into serving-sized pieces and serve hot with any extra sauce if desired.
South Carolina Gold Sauce
½ Gal. yellow mustard ½ Gal. cider vinegar
1 C light brown sugar 2 Tbsp. sea salt
¼ C Worcestershire 2 Tbsp. black pepper
¼ C hot sauce (to taste)
For each of these recipes, combine ingredients, heat to a low simmer, and cook 20-30 minutes, stirring often.
Chill for at least 24 hours (72 is better) before using.