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America's Best BBQ: 100 Recipes from America's Best Smokehouses, Pits, Shacks, Rib Joints, Roadhouses, and Restaurants Paperback – May 12 2009

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing (May 12 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0740778110
  • ISBN-13: 978-0740778117
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 1.8 x 26.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 821 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #274,679 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

 A charter member of KCBS and former three-term member of the Board of Directors, Ardie A. Davis founded the American Royal International BBQ Sauce, Rub, and Baste Contest and the Great American Barbecue Sauce, Baste, and Rub Contest. In 2012, he received the Pioneer of Barbeque award at the Jack Daniel's World Championship Invitational Barbecue. He is the author of several barbecue cookbooks.

 Paul Kirk, a charter member of the KCBS and member of the Board of Directors, operates the Baron's School of Pitmasters. The author of seven barbecue cookbooks, he has won more than 475 cooking and barbecuing awards, among them seven world championships, including the prestigious American Royal Open, the world's largest barbecue contest.

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As an amatuer in this area I really found this book helpful. History, education and some humour combined to make this a fun read. I can hardly wait to try out some of the recipes. Not sure for a BBQ pro how this is, but for the novice I would suggest you can't go wrong with this book.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9cf537ec) out of 5 stars 81 reviews
22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cf6033c) out of 5 stars A decent book and attractive book Sept. 17 2009
By Keith Rule - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I own quite a few BBQ books. That's because I'm what's referred to as a "Pellet Head". I've been trying to learn BBQ techniques for a couple of years. That is what attracted me to this book.

This book is a bit unique for a BBQ book. It's so pretty that it's almost a coffee table book. That surprised me, since most BBQ books are no nonsense, functional endeavors.

"America's Best BBQ" offers up "selected" recipes from famous, semi-famous and even some obscure BBQ restaurants. But don't expect your favorite BBQ joint to give up their signature dishes. However, the recipes that are included are interesting. And since there are many restaurants in here, the whole adds up to a lot of decent looking recipes.

Frankly I was a little disappointed at first. I had hoped to find some "signature" dish recipes. But once I got over that, it was clear that the book covers a lot of ground and offered up some pretty unique perspectives and interesting ideas.

* It's really pretty
* There are a lot of varied and even surprising ideas
* It gives me ideas of new place to try when I travel.

* Don't expect your favorite restaurant to give up their signature dishes.
* Some of the recipes are vague and assume you know a lot about BBQ.

All in all, a good, interesting book for anyone wanting to BBQ or looking for a new BBQ joint to try out.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cf60390) out of 5 stars A must-read for barbecue fans April 29 2009
By John Dawson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
It's not often that I find a cookbook that is actually fun to read. They are usually very utilitarian, with little literary meat on the bones. This is clearly not the case with America's Best BBQ. I don't know what I enjoyed more, the authentic and varied recipes, or the barbecue stories and lore that they are steeped in.

While the book is historical, it also has an incredible variety of recipes. It includes everything from starters like Volcanic Goat Cheese, Rocky Mountain Oysters, and Fried Cheese Stick Grits, to Burgoo, to mutton ribs, and all the barbecue standards in between. The range of recipes is excellent. Even better, most of the recipes are from the originators themselves.

I found the following statement from the introduction very interesting.

"Each joint in this book is, in our view, one of the best in America. They are all on the same playing field, with varying strengths and weaknesses. That aside, we have each named our Top Ten joints in the back of the book."

Barbecue is very competitive and often chock full of ego, as is the restaurant industry generally. It's very refreshing to see the authors give their honest opinions about what they feel are the best.

If you love barbecue, its history, and great recipes, I wholeheartedly recommend this book.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cf607c8) out of 5 stars BBQ Review July 31 2009
By Paul S - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Interesting vignettes. The recipes were of limited value. I had no interest in smoking an entire pig, etc. I did try a few smoked rib recipes which were excellent and I can hands down recommend the banana pudding no questions asked!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cf607b0) out of 5 stars A Scrapbook of Barbecue Culture Sept. 3 2009
By Baker Mom - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
My family loves barbecue. We've taken road trips and lengthy detours to try new BBQ restaurants and visit old favorites. We've visited a few of the places in this book, and our all-time favorite--Ridgewood Barbecue in Bluff City, TN--is included. But this book is more than just a guide for travelers looking for good BBQ: it's a scrapbook of barbecue culture, with photos and history notes. It also includes 100 recipes--some original "top secret" and some "copycat" versions--for the specialties of each restaurant. Each pair of facing pages includes details about a restaurant, photos, and a recipe or two.

The book is divided into sections as a menu is: Starters, Main Dishes, Sides and Condiments, and Desserts. The Starters chapter includes recipes for traditional and regional favorites such as onion rings, Brunswick stew, burgoo, and Rocky Mountain oysters. Main Dishes, of course, is all about the 'cue: ribs, pulled pork, barbecued pig snout, and more. The Sides and Condiments section is not only cole slaw--white, pink, red, you name it--but also baked beans, cornbread, hushpuppies, and potatoes. Dessert recipes include Lexington banana pudding, bread pudding, apple crisp, and fried peach pies.

I highly recommend this book!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cf60c6c) out of 5 stars disappointing -- won't have a spot on my cookbook shelf June 17 2009
By Carol C. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Vine Customer Review of Free Product
I'm from Kansas City and a barbeque fan, so I was really looking forward to enjoying this book. Sadly, I have to say that I found it somewhat disappointing. It has lots of photographs, is visually appealing, has some entertainment value, and it might be an interesting read for a die-hard barbeque fan, but I found it of limited use as a cookbook and not even close to an in-depth or behind the scenes look at most BBQ joints.

The authors, who clearly know their BBQ, feature 100 of the best BBQ joints in the US. For each BBQ joint, there is a representative "recipe." But don't be lured into thinking that anyone in the uber-competitive BBQ world is going to give away their trade secrets. The recipes are for things like Luling City Market Real Texas Bar-B-Que's "Hot Pickles," which consist of sliced hamburger dills, sugar, and Tabasco. Country's Barbecue in Columbus, GA shares its recipe for "Vidalia Onion Dip" -- onions, mayo, Parmesan cheese & grated Swiss. Smitty's Market in Lockhart Texas shares its secret recipe for "Barbecued Beef Shoulder Clod" -- season the beef shoulder with salt and black pepper and cook until tender. Yep, that's all you learn. Head Country Barbecue in Ponca City, OK instructs us in how to make its "Beef Brisket" -- take brisket, add Head Country All-Purpose Championship Seasoning, Head County Premium Marinade, and Head Country Barbecue Sauce. And so it goes. I don't think you'll find any BBQ secrets or great recipes in here. You will find recipes for apple pie and ice cream and bananas foster -- but you can find those in a whole lot of other cookebooks, too.

The real meat of the book is in the one to two pages the authors devote to each of the 100 featured BBQ joints. They're interesting, but not particularly insightful. Most talk about when the restaurant was founded, its owners, how they got into BBQ, what they serve, etc. It's almost like reading advertising copy for each of the featured restaurants. "North Main BBQ serves an all-you-can-eat lunch and dinner buffet that includes it's award winning ribs, choppped and sliced beef brisket, chicken breasts and quarters . . . etc. The meats are slow-cooked with hickory smoke for 4 to 12 hours. If you want any drink other than iced tea, you'll have to BYOB." Not exactly compelling reading. The writing style is fairly conversational, e.g., We like the lamb ribs because "there's no gamy flavor. Be sure to try them on your next visit. The nice thing about lamb ribs is that they can be barbecued or grilled." Okay.

Overall, this collection is interesting but I'd rather spend my money on the barbecue itself than on the book.