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
“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