17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
The How To and Bible of Smoking. This is the only book you will ever need to learn the craft.
, June 6, 2006
I cannot say enough about this book. It is not your typical cookbook. It is definitely not your typical bbq book. This book focuses on Smoking. The science of smoking, the technical aspects of smoking, the hobby of smoking, how to smoke, different woods, different grills (yes, even how to use your gas grill as a smoker), and of course tried and true recipes.
This book will introduce your into the world of smoking, for me it was a book that has taken me to a new level of smoking. I am the envy of the block. It is easy to follow. I understand better now why the flavors turn out the way they do, how to repeat good batches and how best to test new ideas. This book focuses on the technology and science behind smoking. This is the how to and bible on smoking. And Chef McPeake proves he is truly the master of his craft.
I would also recommend purchasing the rubs right from his site. That saved me a lot of time of making my own batch, plus his are award winning and tasty. In reference to the other review "Very basic instructions and recipes can be found in Weber, BBQ University or just about any BBQ book." I have not found anything in weber or other BBQ books that address the hobby of smoking like Chef McPeake's book. Also, his recipes are original and tasty and not tested on a grill but through smoking techniques (I have tried many successfully).
So if you want a sure proof no nonsense way of learning about using a smoker or to take your game to a whole new level this book is for you. (I also use it to impress my friends and show up the other smokers I know).