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Big Bob Gibson's BBQ Book: Recipes and Secrets from a Legendary Barbecue Jointby Chris Lilly
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Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q White Sauce
Makes 4 cups
People raised in Decatur, Alabama, know that barbecue sauce is supposed to be white. For more than eighty years Big Bob Gibson’s has been dunking its golden-brown birds, fifty at a time, into a vat of this tangy, peppery white sauce. The steaming, glistening chickens are then cut to order for our customers.
For years and years the restaurant’s early-morning cooks closely guarded the white sauce recipe, which was made each day before the day shift arrived. However, even without doing the math, I can tell you that hundreds of cooks have passed through the pitrooms of Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q, so I don’t think you can describe this recipe as “closely guarded” anymore.
I do know that Big Bob’s techniques and recipes, including his white sauce, have influenced the flavors of regional barbecue in Alabama. The great thing about passing secrets is that every time they are shared they change slightly. There is now a large number of “authentic” versions of Big Bob’s original secret recipe and cooking method—all different from one another. This is one of my favorite examples.
• 2 cups mayonnaise
• 1 cup distilled white vinegar
• 1/2 cup apple juice
• 2 teaspoons prepared horseradish
• 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
• 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients and blend well. Use as a marinade, baste, or dipping sauce. Store refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
From dry rubs to glazes and from sauces to slathers, Lilly, the great-grandson-in-law of Big Bob Gibson, gives the lowdown on their award-winning seasonings and combinations and insider tips, along with easy-to-follow instructions.
Nobody does barbecue better than Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q, winners of the World Championship BBQ Cook-Off for six years in a row. Executive chef Lilly now passes on the family secrets in this quintessential guide. Color photographs throughout.
Bill and Cheryl Jamison, the and#8220;king and queen of grilling and smokingand#8221; (Bon Appetit), are back with a book that gets right to the heart of what makes outdoor cooking work: a great sauce.and#160; Twenty-five years of travel to the barbecue citadels of the U.S. and world, plus countless hours perfecting their craft as they wrote award-winning books on outdoor cooking, have yielded up a book that gives any oland#8217; backyard cook the means to create championship-style BBQ with ease.
The Barbecue Lover's Big Book of BBQ Sauces is the first and only barbecue sauce book that caters to how outdoor chefs really cook. The book features 225 recipes, along with 4-color photography,and#160;for barbecue sauces, marinades, mops, pastes, dry rubs and more, along with detailed instructions on using a recipe for smoking, grilling, or both.and#160; Seventy of the recipes are for smoke-cooked and#8216;Qand#8217;; 55 are for grilling; and the remaining 100 are for either oneand#8212;with specific directions on how to fine-tune the recipe for one or the other method.
About the Author
Vice president, executive chef, and partner of Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q, CHRIS LILLY oversees the two company-owned restaurants as well as their new chain of franchises.
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