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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter (September 9, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0767927680
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767927680
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #815,102 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The authors confess to “an acute case of obsessive barbecue syndrome,” but they realize that not everyone has the time to use soaked wood chips or the means to build a smokehouse. The secret ingredient to “cheater BBQ” is liquid smoke, which isn’t synthetic but rather made from actual water condensed from smoking processes. That and a handful of simple sauce recipes and rub mixtures are just about all that one needs for great barbecue at home. As with most slow cooking, the recipes are easy to follow (combine ingredients, cook until delicious, eat), and each one is introduced by pithy explanations of common problems or helpful tips. Not surprisingly, the ample recipe section devotes whole chapters to pulled pork and rib recipes, but there’s also a grouping of “cheater sides” as well as ways to reuse leftovers. This book offers sound proof that you don’t need fancy grills, stainless-steel outdoor kitchens, or even accommodating weather to make great-tasting food, and as the authors point out, great barbecue is as much about the relaxing as it is the cooking. --Ian Chipman

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“Dazzling restaurant fare with a wonderful down-home flavor. This clever cookbook and these recipes will allow you to savor what I think is the best barbecue and fixings around.”
--Anne Byrn, The Cake Mix Doctor®

“If you think great BBQ requires splitting hardwood logs and sleepless nights stoking fires, Mindy Merrell and R.B. Quinn deliver the good news: killer 'cue needs nothing more than an oven or a slow-cooker.
So put down the axe and rest assured that flavor never gets short- changed in these recipes--from baby back ribs, to pulled chicken, to smoke-tinged desserts. And Cheater BBQ is brimming with kitchen- smarts, the cooking tips that make entertaining for a crowd a real joy. Nobody writing cookbooks today has more fun in the kitchen than this team!”
--Matt Lee and Ted Lee, authors of The Lee Bros. Southern Cookbook

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I have tried a few recipes out of this book, all came out well.
Bob
One of my favorite recipes from this book 1 bath of brine (recipe in book) One 3 lb. pork loin vegetable oil 2 Tbl.
Martha A. Cheves
Crock Pot BBQing -- great way to BBQ on a rainy day in the winter, or while away at work during the weekday.
michael stoddard

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Robert B. Smithers on October 8, 2008
Format: Paperback
Thank you thank you thank you! We love to entertain with BBQ and good eats year round. Now I can do so without suffering outdoors through a cold New England winter.

The recipes in this book are fun to read and easy to follow. My wife and I have been working through the various Interstate BBQ sauces (I-20 is to die for!) and the rubs. We've been making creations we never thought possible. It's easy, hassle free and very, very tasty.

Finally we can cook up BBQ anytime with little fuss and enjoy the party ourselves. I'm proud to say that I am officially and forever more a Cheater!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Craig M. Strid on September 13, 2008
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I made the recipe for the Country Ribs. I used the basic rub and added brown sugar as instructed. I also prepared the oven roasted potatoes using the basic rub. I made a coleslaw of my own and the meal was very good served with hot rolls. The closest bbq restaurant is 100 miles from my residence so with elated enthusiasm I look forward to the next recipe. I would very much like to slow smoke barbecue outside but time does not allow it and now I have found light at the end of a short tunnel. I cooked the ribs for a little more than the suggested hour and the meat pulled off the bones. The only regret is that I didn't make more ribs for rib meat sandwiches.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Cellar on September 16, 2008
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Cheater BBQ: Barbecue Anytime, Anywhere, in Any Weather has definitely changed my life forever. There aren't any decent BBQ places around here, and I am so sick of wasting money on bland, overcooked ribs. Cheater BBQ has revolutionized food for me! We had everything we needed in less than 30 minutes at Publix. We started with the Cheater Oven Smoked Salmon (which easily became two-timer salmon salad the next day), and of course, the mother load; Ultimate Cheater Pulled Pork. It couldn't taste any better unless it came from RB himself. Went excellent with Mustardy Cheater Sauce and Cornbread - and has been providing us countless leftovers.

Finally, real BBQ at home. It couldn't be any easier than cutting, a little seasoning, and a bit of liquid smoke - set the crock and come back 6 hours later. Perfect for starving artists and college students who are tired of Chinese take-out, or just miss good ol'fashion, home cooked Q.

Worth every penny, and then some.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By David Martindale on September 26, 2008
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This is the BBQ book I have been waiting for. It brings real BBQ taste and then some into your very own kitchen. It is a great read with the tried and true recipies from two passionate BBQ affectionados. It is a real treat to come home from work and have what are the best meals ever prepared (and soon to be eaten) waiting for you. This book is a must have for everyone that loves great meals and enjoys having fun with meal preparation with minimal work and maximum enjoyment.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Travis H. Redman Jr. on December 2, 2008
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I first heard about Cheater BBQ while listening to NPR's "The Splendid Table." It sounded too good to be true, but I ran back into town to get a 6-pound Boston butt roast. I took out our slow cooker, rubbed the roast with basic Cheater rub, poured 1/2 cup of Colgin's Liquid Smoke and set the cooker on high for 6 hours. OMG... what great pulled pork on rolls with little bbq sauce. I ordered the book a couple of weeks ago, then last weekend we tried bbq ribs... equally as good.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Spencer Moore on November 24, 2008
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We love this book. We live in a San Francisco high-rise condo. Instead of a big backyard, we have a narrow 18 square foot patio that, frankly, we didn't want to clutter up with a grill. One day, I pulled out a crock pot my mother gave me years ago. I'd never used until I saw these authors on an afternoon TV show. We bought the book and have been experimenting with it ever since. We've had several people over to watch college football (Mizzou-RAH!) and have had chicken wings and thighs, beef brisket and more. Who knew all you needed was a crock pot and some liquid smoke?!?!? We got friends interested and are going to get them each a book for Christmas. The book is easy. We especially like it because it's not fancy -- it includes ingredients we can get at Safeway!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Carrie E. Friddell on February 15, 2009
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I have actually been to Merrell's place and met both Merrell and Quinn. When at their house, they were busy cooking and serving a great fair of food both grilled and slow cooked. Merrell is a relative of a friend of mine. My friend gifted me with this book this past Christmas and it has revolutionized my thinking about cooking BBQ at home. Both Merrell and Quinn bring their friendly and talkative personalities into the book. I have been intimidated for years to actually try to BBQ. Being on a limited income, I never wanted to get into grilling, mostly because of time and expense. Since receiving this book in December, I have cooked the molasses pork, ultimate cheater pork, the cheater ribs and super pollo. I have loved how easy and inexpensive it is to pull off great tasting BBQ meat. The coleslaw is a solid traditional recipe. Really, I love using my slow cooker, so any book that gives me more slow cooker recipes, is the book for me! This book is definately, down to earth, insightful, and practical for the home cook.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By michael stoddard on March 4, 2009
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Crock Pot BBQing -- great way to BBQ on a rainy day in the winter, or while away at work during the weekday. The recipes are simple, easy to understand, and use items available in any supermarket if not already in your pantry. My favorites were the slo-cook BBQ pork ribs. The fun is in trying different combinations of spices & sauces to vary the taste each time you cookup the same dish. I first read a review on this book called "Smoke But No Fire" in my local newspaper cooking section, tried a few of the recipes, and ended up buying the book. Besides your typical BBQ meat dishes (spare ribs, briskets, steaks & fish), there are plenty of side-dishes and desserts to try as well. When I BBQ for friends now, I let the meat slo-cook all day long, and then cook some side-dishes of my own making (Ranch Fries and Green Snap-Beans) just in time before serving everything together. Time not spent watching the meat all day long makes for more time to spend with friends until you're finally ready to serve everything.
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