If there is one summer pleasure that stands ahead of all others, it is outdoor cooking. Whether grilled over direct heat, or barbecued under cover with indirect heat, we love to move the kitchen outdoors. In 500 Barbecue Recipes: The Only Barbecue Compendium You'll Ever Need, author and award-winning pitmaster, Paul Kirk, has shared recipes, techniques, and tips to make this summer pleasure even more fun, and always successful.
Telling the reader to get fired up, Kirk begins with a no-nonsense guide to the grill: choosing the grill, the right fuel, lighting up, and maintaining the grill. He suggests the best cuts of meat and fish for the grill, gives a chart of approximate cooking times so the cook may know what to anticipate. He moves on to the art of smoking, and gives a few guaranteed marinades and rubs.
We love to grill anything we can grill, from meat to poultry to vegetables then we toss in a few sides as accompaniment. To organize, Kirk has divided into the following chapters:
Flaming Fish and Shellfish
Chargrilled Chicken and Poultry
Perfect Pork and Lamb
Salads and Sides
This is an A to Z compendium, and you'll find recipes from start to finish to make a full meal, and ones that offer variety if you are having guests. Try Barbecued Short Ribs, Hot Jamaican Jerk Chicken, or Grilled Tilapia, or cook all three for a backyard feast. Add a few grilled vegetable recipes, such as Spicy Grilled Eggplant, Grilled Patty Pan Squash, or Vegetable Kabobs.
Add a few ungrilled, fresh veggies to spark on the side, such as Picnic-Style Potato Salad, Spanish Coleslaw, Scalloped Green Beans, or the classic Baked Beans. You can grill your dessert with Glazed Pears, Summer Fruit Packets, or Grilled S'Mores, but if you want an ungrilled sweet dessert, Kirk offers a Texas Sheet Cake, Peach Cobbler, or Grandma's Fried Fruit Pies.
This book is part of a series being published by Sellers Publishing. Each is fully illustrated with well over a hundred photos. Though a compilation of 500 recipes, the books are organized to be compact in size and their uniformity makes an attractive row on the bookshelf. A collection of these books makes a lovely gift for the ardent cook or foodie. Please see our other reviews:
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