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The Great American Barbecue & Grilling Manual Paperback – May 1, 2000

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Editorial Reviews

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"I read this book twice before putting it down. It is great!" -- Jim Baker, World Championship Barbecue Cook-off team, 1999, and Managing Partner of Owen Brennan's restaurant, Memphis

"If you could only have one book on barbecuing, this is the one you should have, but if you already owned a dozen, you would still have to have this one" -- Joe Phelps, Publisher, The National Barbecue News

"This book would be an entertaining and informative read even for a confirmed vegetarian who never intends to own a grill" -- Evelyn Beard, Literary Editor --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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In his inimitable style of wit and wordplay, author discloses the true origin of the word "barbecue" and the origin of the technique that distinguishes barbecue from all other forms of cooking. He defines the various techniques of cooking on a grill and teaches how to master all with chapters for barbecuing, broiling, roasting, hot and cold smoking and curing. He explains the rational and methods for mixing and using marinades, rubs, basting and finishing sauces.

His chapters on accompanying salads, slaw, beans, hashes and bread are as mouth watering as they are informative. He covers cooking with wood, charcoal, gas and electricity completely with clarity and wit. His chapters on grill explain and illustrate functions, design and construction methods and materials. He review auxiliary equipment and give complete details on meat selection, safety, storage and handling. He has included a complete gas grill operating and maintenance guide with check lists for comparing grills before purchase. The book is amply indexed. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Abacus Publishing Company (May 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0936171022
  • ISBN-13: 978-0936171029
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,269 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have subscribed to the Barbecue'n On the Internet newsletter ... for about 3 years and that is where I first 'met' Smoky Hale, who has a column there. His 'aw shucks' self-deprecating style is both humorous and very informative. His many inside tips and experience with the art of 'Q' made me an instant fan. When his book was released in 2000, I eagerly purchased it and to no surprise, I use it regularly. The book is really a conversation with the reader. Smoky shares his years of experience, some good, some bad and you get the feeling that making some really bad food is part of the learning process. And he does discuss every aspect of the grilling and barbeque process. Barbequing, broiling, roasting and smoking procedures are thoroughly covered in detail. He also talks about seasonings, rubs and marinades....what to use and why. I really appreciated Smoky's discussions about choosing the right grill, cooking with a variety of heat sources: wood, charcoal, gas and electricity, meat selection, storage and safety and the chapter on building your own grill. These chapters were not only informative, but were replete with many humorous anecdotes and quotations. Whether you are a novice to barbeque and grilling or a self-styled pitmaster, you will enjoy this book. I have over fifty books on the subject and this is without question one of my top choices. It will demystify a sometimes confusing cooking genre and will give you answers to most, if not all of your questions.
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If barbecuing is on your mind, prepare to transform your grill into a sacred fire pit. Once you start reading The Great American Barbecue & Grilling Manual, you will be seduced by this ancient art. Smoky Hale is truly the barbecue guru of our time. His goal is to show us the best method and to dispel the myths created by those who do not understand the true definition of barbecue.

This is a book you will find difficult to put down, so give yourself time to savor page after page of mouth-watering information. The descriptive writing and historical facts will satisfy your cerebral appetite even before the cooking begins. Every conceivable piece of knowledge on barbecue is here in one book, look no further. Smoky Hale makes no excuses for his love affair with "Authentic Barbecue."

About halfway through this "manual" you will already be driven to distraction by a tempting array of dishes which includes: Barbecued Pork Ribs, Churrasco, Fajitas, Sirloin Strips, Perfect Hamburgers, Chicken, Shrimp, Pork Shish Kebabs, Grilled Bass, and a Grilled Eggplant and Tomato with Shrimp and Pesto Stuffing. Most importantly he divulges the secret for knowing when a piece of meat is ready to be turned.

Just as you are starting to get nostalgic about your grill, you will happen upon an entire chapter devoted to selecting a new grill. Yes, by Chapter Nine it is now the time to discover the anatomy of a grill. The diagram on page 294 may enlighten you as the Hardwood/Charcoal grill is finally explained in detail. This answered my question as to why one would need a fire box attached to a grill. For those who prefer to "Grill" quickly, there is an entire chapter on gas and electric cooking.
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Far from being faint praise, saying that this is a "pretty darned good bbq book" is the greatest compliment one bbq'er could make to another. As a life long (ex-Kansas City) proponent of the slow, lazy method of cooking ribs and other treats, this is undoubtedly the most dead-on manual for anybody who wants greater insight into cooking outdoors. For the novice, it is a definitive introduction to serious grilling and bbq. For those of us who have spent as much time trying to figure out WHY we try to coax any goodness out of a nasty cut of meat like the brisket as we do actually doing it, it is a great resource. The book is filled with information that will improve the efforts of bbq'ers of any level. This is the one bbq book every cook should own.
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This book is the bible of BBQ. I read several books and checked the internet sites and this is far and away the best. Mr. Hale not only teaches you proper technique for cooking he teaches you WHY the techniques work. I recently did my very first brisket in a high quality offset style cooker using Mr. Hale's recipes and instructions and it was one of the most tender, juicy and flavorful briskets I've ever had. If you only buy one BBQ book - this is the one to get!
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"Smoky" Hale takes the reader on an American journey from cover to cover. From the origins of "barbeque" explained, and differentiated from "grilling", to the drawings of a "smoke house" he takes us on an enjoyable trip with lore related to "slow-smoke" and "fire". My partner and I took "Smoky's" book along on a trip, reading aloud while the other was driving. Laughter and learning was the result. Smoky destroys some of the lore which has surrounded "barbeque" through time, and leads us on a journey of enjoyment. Filled with basic recipes (rubs, sauces, "hash", meats) which will enhance any true cookers taste buds, as well as his or her friends. I recommend the book as a gift to the experienced cooker, as well as the novice. Particularly good gift for the teenager who shows an interest in barbequeing or American Folklore. Start at the front cover and exit through the rear, then enjoy again.
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