Steven Raichlen's Barbecue! Bible


BBQ Legend



Here’s Steven with one of the greatest living legends of barbecue, Dr. Rich Davis, the child psychiatrist turned medical school dean turned barbecue baron, who built a lifelong love of smoke and fire into the best selling premium barbecue sauce in America. Rich invented KC Masterpiece Barbecue Sauce, you see, and he was the first to realize you could make the sauce match the meat by adding a shot of liquid smoke. (Liquid smoke is an all natural product–made by burning logs in a pit, then condensing the resulting smoke in a still.) He also gave Steven his lifelong archives on the history of barbecue–an act of unbelievable generosity, which inspired the opening chapter of BBQ USA. Here are Rich and Steve in one of Rich’s KC Masterpiece restaurants in Kansas City.

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