Synopses & Reviews
A soul-satisfying journey through one of the last bastions of North American regional culture, BBQ USA
captures the ever inventive, ever growing, ever mouth watering world of barbecue.
Here's the Grilling Guru on a pilgrimage to the high temples of the barbecue belt—Sonny Bryan's in Dallas, Jocko's in Nepimo, California—and returning with recipes tailored for backyard barbecue buffs. Here he is tracking down the original burger in New Haven, Connecticut, where the singular technique calls for mixing two types of chopped beef and pressing a slice of raw onion into the patty before cooking it.
He uncovers the secrets to grilled pizza at Al Forno in Providence, Rhode Island. Reveals how to make the legendary Cornell Chicken from upstate New York. Steps two centuries back to the traditional babecued mutton of Owensboro, Kentucky, and then right up to the present—showing us, for example, how to grill bool kogi, the sweet soy and sesame marinated shell steaks patrons cook over in-table braziers in Los Angeles's Koreatown.
In grill-crazy California everything gets fired up—artichokes, Caesar Salad, mussels, lamb shanks. Florida revels in Latin influences with its Chimichurri Game Hens and Mojo-Marinated Pork on Sugar Cane. Chile peppers electrify the grilling of the Southwest, Wisconsin throws its brats over the coals; Georgia barbecues Vidalia onions; and Hawaii finds a surprising number of uses for its native pineapples.
Accompanying the recipes are hundreds of tips, techniques, sidebars, and pit-stops. It's a coast-to-coast grilling extravaganza, from soup (grilled, chilled, and served in shooters) to nuts (yes, peanuts and how to barbecue them, from Kentucky).
"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
"Raichlen's 24th tome falls firmly into the quirky camp of his Beer Can Chicken, with its mixed-grill of recipes, barbecue tips, food history and restaurant profiles....Classic BBQ joints...are profiled along the way, and succinct, interesting history lessons on various styles of barbecue are served up." Publishers Weekly
"Fans...will be delighted with [Raichlen's] latest book....Each recipe is identified by place of origin, and there are reviews and histories of famed barbecue joints and other notable spots, dozens of sidebars offering helpful hints, and more than 600 black-and-white photographs. Strongly recommended." Library Journal
"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
"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
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, 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).
'BBQ USA' celebrates the best of regional live-fire cooking with 450 recipes taken from every state as well as Canada and Puerto Rico. Steve Raichlen is recognised as the king of barbecuing in the USA. His reputation has been built on his previous 4 books, all of which have been bestsellers.
Have Tongs, Will Travel
Guided by the simple conviction that if something tastes good baked, fried, sautéed, or steamed, a pit boss somewhere in this land has figured out how to make it even better over a live fire, Steven Raichlen logs tens of thousands of miles to take you on a tour of America's barbecuing
Finger Lickin' or highfalutin', smoked, rubbed, mopped, or slathered, the 425 recipes in BBQ USA are where fire meets obsession, and the results are smoky perfection.
About the Author
Steven Raichlen is the author of The Barbecue! Bible and How to Grill, which are winners of IACP/Julia Child Cookbook Awards, and other books in the Barbecue! Bible series, as well as the IACP/Julia Child Award-winning Miami Spice. He is also the star and creator of Barbecue University at the Greenbriar, the forthcoming nationally televised PBS cooking show. Like 54 percent of Americans, he grills all year long, in his case in Coconut Grove, Florida, and Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts.
Table of Contents
: What is Barbecue? (1)
A Brief History of Barbecue in America (5)
Getting Started: A concise Primer on Grilling & Barbecuing (17)
A short course in choosing a grill, setting it up, getting it lit, and knowing when the food is cooked.
Off to a Fiery Start (32)
Begin the meal with pizzazz. Flame cook Prosciutto-Wrapped Peaches like they do in Virginia, chicken wings the Louisville way, Mojo-Marinated Pork Florida style, and Tiki Beef Kebabs with California flare. Dozens of choices, plus some drinks to serve alongside, including a Chimayo Cocktail.
Live-Fire Salads (108)
Grilling brings out the best in a salad. Wait until you try the Grilled Caesar Salad or the Tomato and Hearts of Palm. Plus Calamari Salad with White Beans and Bitter Lettuce, and four kinds of slaw.
Breads and Pizzas (132)
The grill makes the perfect toaster. There's plenty of room for that Little Italy favorite, garlic bread. Or A New Corn Stick from the West Indies. Or pizzas the way they grill them in Rhode Island and New York. Bread takes to fire like smoke to the grill.
Gloriously Grilled Beef (162)
North America's love affair with beef is celebrated in a luscious round-up of steaks from Tucson, San Antonio, New York, Miami, Dallas, Toronto, L.A., Indianapolis, and of course, Philadelphia (sizzling with cheese). Plus briskets from North Dakota, Oklahoma, and Ohio, and everything else big and beefy.
Going Whole Hog (232)
The icon of American barbecue, pork, couldn't be more succulent than it is here—pulled and piled high on buns like they do in North Carolina, coffee-crusted and served Kenucky-style with Redeye Barbecue Sauce, roasted whole for a pig pickin à la West Virginia. Plus ribs from all over including Missouri's Sweet and Smoky Dry Rub version.
Lamb wih Sizzle (308)
A favorite meat of our Founding Fathers, and it's no wonder. Wait until you try Virginia's Spit-Roasted Lamb with butter & Salt, Illinois' Smoked Lamb Shanks with Mint Barbecue Sauce, and Missouri's BBQ Queens' Parmesan Pepper Rack of Lamb. You'll understand why.
Burgers, Dogs & Sausages (332)
Seeking a new way to grill a burger? Look no further than Connecticut's Ultimate Hamburger. Or, how about a California sushi burger? Hot dogs? Try Cincinnati Chili Dogs. Or how about great Grilled Greek Sausage with Peppers and Onions, a top choice in Massachusetts. Plus plenty of other recipes for America's barbecue favorites.
Birds on the Barbecue (364)
Brant's Brined Beer Butt Bird from Alabama, New York's Original Cornell Chicken, Missouri's Powderpuff Barbecued Chicken Breasts, and Vermont's Perfect Thanksgiving Turkey. Plus, duck, game hens, and quail. The best birds cooked the best ways—grilled, smoked, or spit-roasted.
Flame-Seared Fish (432)
Maple-Mustrad Salmon from Vermont, New Jersye's Grilled Swordfish with Summer Salsa, Spice-Crusted Tuna from California, Bacon-Grilled Trout from Montana, Big Apple Cod from New York, and Grouper Matacumbe from the Florida Keys—our country is rich with fish; here they are all fired up to perfection.
Sizzling Shellfish (520)
Soft-shell crabs grilled the Delaware way. A Canadian dill-grilled lobster. Five West Coast ways to grill oysters. Shellfish is more than shrimp on the barbie, but they're here, too, grilled both Louisiana and Indiana style.
The Vegetarian Grill (564)
Portobello "Cheese steaks" from Pennsylvania, Hickory-Smoked Baked Bean Squash from Maine, and three different quesadillas from across the country are barbecued dishes so good, no one will beef!
Flame-Roasted Vegetables (586)
There's nothing like live fire to bring out a vegetable's sweetness. Not to be missed are Louisiana's Cajun Grilled Asparagus or Midwestern Grilled Corn with Maytag Blue Ceese. Or how about Hawaii's Grilled Plantains, or Vermont's Madeira Grilled Acorn Squash.
Sides from the Grill (626)
Grill up a New England "baked apple." Prepare brown beans the West Virginia way. Serve spaghetti with a smoky sauce like they do in Tennessee or grilled macaroni and cheese New Mexico style. These side dishes are stand-out sensational.
Unbeatable Sauces (656)
Dozens of sauces to choose from, covering all the great barbecue regions. Try St. Louis Red and Nashville Sweet, Central Texas Barbecue Sauce, or a trio of sauces from Kentucky. There are also Liquid Fire from Florida and The Doctor's Medicine from Tennessee. Plus slathers, salsas, and chutneys.
Here's the Rub (698)
Make great barbecue even better with the pit master's secret weapons—the rubs, marinades, mop sauces, and glazes used to add flavor and sheen to meat or fish. Try Tennessee's versatile sweet-hot Cold Mountain Rub—it's good on just about everything. If you're looking for something more tongue-torturing, Missouri's K.C. Pepper Rub fills the bill. No barbecue should leave the grill without a little something from this chapter.
Great Grilled Desserts (712)
Don't let the fire die down until you've flame seared dessert: Smoke-Roasted Apple Crisp, Cinnamon Grilled Peaches, Smoked Alaska, and Grilled S'Mores are all worth keeping the coals aglow.