Steven Raichlen, a national barbecue treasure and author of The Barbecue! Bible, How to Grill, and other books in the Barbecue! Bible series, embarks on a quest to find the soul of American barbecue, from barbecue-belt classics-Lone Star Brisket, Lexington Pulled Pork, K.C. Pepper Rub, Tennessee Mop Sauce-to the grilling genius of backyards, tailgate parties, competitions, and local restaurants.
In 450 recipes covering every state as well as Canada and Puerto Rico, BBQ USA celebrates the best of regional live-fire cooking. Finger-lickin’ or highfalutin; smoked, rubbed, mopped, or pulled; cooked in minutes or slaved over all through the night, American barbecue is where fire meets obsession. There’s grill-crazy California, where everything gets fired up – dates, Caesar salad, lamb shanks, mussels. Latin-influenced Florida, with its Chimichurri Game Hens and Mojo-Marinated Pork on Sugar Cane. Maple syrup flavors the grilled fare of Vermont; Wisconsin throws its kielbasa over the coals; Georgia barbecues Vidalias; and Hawaii makes its pineapples sing. Accompanying the recipes are hundreds of tips, techniques, sidebars, and pit stops. It’s a coast-to-coast extravaganza, from soup (grilled, chilled, and served in shooters) to nuts (yes, barbecued peanuts, from Kentucky).
“Steven Raichlen’s BBQ USA is his best book yet. It is the quintessential guide to the easy and unexpected ulture of barbecue.”
—Bobby Flay, author of Bobby Flay Cooks American and Boy Meets Grill
“It is difficult to imagine a more definitive last word on America’s greatest culinary tradition than BBQ USA. It is as rich in history and food culture as it is in wonderful regional recipes.”
—John Mariani, author of The Encyclopedia of American Food & Drink
“A wonderful mélange of culinary history, cooking tips, and stick-to-your-ribs (pun intended!) recipes that are sure to delight a hungry crowd!”
—Thomas Keller, author of The French Laundry Cookbook