Pitmaster by Andy Husbands and Chris Hart

Blurb: Pitmaster is the definitive guide to becoming a barbecue aficionado and top-shelf cook from renowned chefs Andy Husbands and Chris Hart. Barbecue is more than a great way to cook a tasty dinner. For a true pitmaster, barbecue is a way of life. Pitmaster is the definitive guide to becoming a barbecue aficionado and top-shelf cook, whether you’re new to the grill or a seasoned vet. Recipes begin with basics, like cooking Memphis-style ribs, and expand to smoking whole hogs North Carolina style. There is no single path to becoming a pitmaster. Barbecue lovers are equally inspired by restaurants with a commitment to regional traditions, competition barbecue champions, families with a multi-generational tradition of roasting whole hogs, and even amateur backyard fanatics. This definitive collection of barbecue expertise will leave you in no doubt why expert chefs and backyard cooks alike eat, live, and breathe barbecue. Pitmasters are essentially gods of barbecue. They are genuine masters of the barbecue lair they rule in. Pitmaster: Recipes, Techniques & Barbecue Wisdom by Andy Husbands and Chris Hart takes readers on a journey of barbecue influences by region and the people who inspire them the most in the world of barbecue. Each chapter features a guest pitmaster who is an expert in their given region or style of barbecue cooking. The profiles include advice from notable barbecue pros: Ken “Jake” Jacobs, Steven Raichlen, Sam Jones, Elizabeth Karmel, Rod Gray, John Lewis, Jamie Geer, Bill Durney, Andy Husbands, Tuffy Stone, Chris Hart. They all add to the treasure that this book is. The chapters go into styles of barbecue, and delve into...

Carolina Style Barbecue: Lexington Piedmont, Eastern Style North Carolina, and South Carolina

North Carolina and South Carolina both have their barbecue favorites, and from these two states you’ll find three styles of barbecue based on region. North Carolina is divided into two: Lexington or Piedmont and Eastern Style. Lexington / Piedmont – North Carolina Lexington or Piedmont style of barbecue is made famous for its vinegar red sauce. Depending on the recipe, it can be very hot to slightly sweet. Pork shoulder is almost always exclusively used. Eastern Style – North Carolina Eastern style uses the whole pig, and here ‘pig pickin’ is popular. This is where the whole pig is cooked and the meat is served directly by pulling the meat the from the pig. The barbecue sauce has no tomatoes, and is based from a straight vinegar or mayonnaise. You’ll find homemade bottled sauce in squeeze bottles on the table made from vinegar, hot sauce, and a little sugar to cut the vinegar. While the sauce isn’t tomato based, it is a little red in color due to spices (like paprika) or the hot sauce inside of it. Mop sauces are big here, too, and are similar to the Eastern style barbecue sauces. A mop sauce typically contains little to no sugar with a high vinegar ratio in proportion to the other ingredients. This acidic sauce is sopped on the meats as a basting sauce during cooking. South Carolina South Carolina likes its barbecue sauced with a mustard barbecue sauce. This sauce is made of yellow mustard, vinegar, spices, and brown sugar. Hot sauce is added for a little kick if desired.     Renee Shelton Renee’s love for...

Oklahoma Style Barbecue

Oklahoma barbecue is a mixture of styles blending sweet, tomato based sauces with beef, pork, poultry, and sausage. And while Oklahoma barbecue pulls a little something from its surrounding neighbors, its smoked bologna sausage is unique to this area. The woods used in Oklahoma are black jack oak (a red oak variety) and post oak (a white oak variety), both of which can be found locally.   Article by Renee Shelton. Her love for tri tip almost surpasses her love for cake. Almost. Really, it’s a tough call here. When she’s not tasting BBQ and dipping in the sauce, she can be found at Pastry Sampler. Renee Shelton Renee’s love for tri tip almost surpasses her love for cake. Almost. Really, it’s a tough call here. When she’s not tasting BBQ and dipping in the sauce, Renee can be found at...
10 of the Best Places for Barbecue: Get Your Traveling Shoes On

10 of the Best Places for Barbecue: Get Your Traveling Shoes On

Check to see if your favorite BBQ joint is on this list. TripAdvisor came out with their list of top ten states for BBQ, along with their ten best places to go for barbecue all across the U.S. Some places are in states you’d expect to see great barbecue – Texas, Kansas City, St. Louis – others may surprise you. Listed in order descending order, scroll down to see what their number 1 spot is for 2015. Top 10 Places to Go for BBQ Pappy’s Smokehouse in St. Louis, Missouri 9. Franklin Barbecue in Austin, Texas 8. Buck’s Smokehouse in Destin, Florida 7. HogsHead Cafe in Richmond, Virginia 6. Captain’s BBQ in Palm Coast, Florida 5. Andy Nelson’s Southern Pit BBQ in Cockeysville, Maryland 4. Reuben’s Smokehouse in Fort Myers, Florida 3. Bogart’s Smokehouse in St. Louis, Missouri 2. Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que in Kansas City, Kansas 1. Joe’s BBQ in Blue Ridge, Georgia All Q’d Up BBQ Blog Writers Dedicated to the art of grilling, smoking, and...
Top 10 U.S. States for Barbecue

Top 10 U.S. States for Barbecue

Just in time for National Barbecue Month (May), TripAdvisor lists its top 10 states in the U.S. for barbecue – a BBQ ranking if you will from ‘the world’s largest travel site.’ Here’s the list below, 1 to 10. Do you agree? Top 10 U.S. BBQ States Tennessee Texas Missouri North Carolina Georgia Florida South Carolina California Virginia New York All Q’d Up BBQ Blog Writers Dedicated to the art of grilling, smoking, and...