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Cheater BBQ: Barbecue Anytime, Anywhere, in Any Weather Paperback – September 9, 2008

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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter (September 9, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0767927680
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767927680
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.6 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,157,029 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Robert B. Smithers on October 8, 2008
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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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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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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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I bought this book when we moved to the Anchorage, AK area. This delightful book gives many recipes and suggestions to allow you to cook BBQ indoors. Some recipes are for items you don't think of as BBQ, like carne adovada, Asian honey lacquered chicken. Includes recipes for sides. This is great for those of us with severe winters. Also great for the "put it in the crock pot in the morning" crowd.
I liked the book enough that this copy was purchased for one of my kids.
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This great book is more about inspiration and ideas than recipies. although it is full of recipies of course. I had an old bottle of liquid smoke in the refrigerator and really didn't know what to do with it. The gist of the introduction in the book was "be brave" and learn how to use it. Outdoor grilling is a fun hobby to be sure, (all those manly tools, caveman fire, gadgets, secret rubs and sauces) and outdoor food tastes great, but unless you have someone in your family who really loves to fuss over a hot grill all the time, this is really an amazing way to cook flavorful "grilled" food indoors, even when it's snowing outside! The authors insist that most people can't tell the difference between indoor and outdoor pulled pork for example. So, have you ever thought of adding a little smoke to tarter sauce? How about potato salad? Egg salad? Brushing it on ribs and putting them on the rotisserie is terrific. (Showtime rotisserie)Ronco ST4023SSGEN Showtime Standard Rotisserie, Stainless Steel. Brisket and pulled pork are just too good for words. Either oven baked, in a slow cooker, or on the rotisserie, the addition of liquid smoke to your meats will make you think twice about going to all the trouble of "firing up the grill", unless of course you have company coming and like the ambiance and party like atmosphere of outside grilling. So, to divulge one of the bits of information in this book, they rated several brands of liquid smoke. I had aready purchased three other brands to test against the one I had. I agreed with their assessment. Wrights liquid smoke was the best tasting. Others had added ingredients like sugar etc. and Wrights was pure smoke.Read more ›
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Well you know I must really really like this book.. I bought 2.. one Paperback and the other Kindle version...and I HAVE AN OUT DOOR SMOKER !!!!

I have shared the idea of this with several friends who in turn went out and bought some as well. I use this most during the winter months when outdoor smoking is unpleasant, not impossible but not fun either. I also use these ideas when I have a large crowd coming.. I will put Cheater pulled pork in the crockpot and then outdoor smoke multiple Turkey legs and smoked mac and cheese ( neither takes long outside )).....works perfectly and I dont' have to get up at the crack of dawn to put the pulled pork on the outdoor smoker. and surprise they LIKE IT just as well

First this is the SIMPLEST and CLeanist way to make smoked Meat, fish, poultry... what is not to like .. pull out a crock pot line it with foil and prep the items as directed and 8 -10 Hrs Later DEVOUR the Smoked Goodness.... AND your appetite rises all day long as the wonderful smoky aroma wafes through your home.

The first thing I tried was the cheater chuck roast... OH my we went nuts... eating this.. then onto the whole Smoked chicken.. I even topped it off under the broiler for some of 'us ' like crispy extra brown skin... nothing left of that meal for leftovers. Looks like I need 2 crockpots to make enough now as they wanted MORE.. never again store rotisserie Chicken.. It will never DO for us ever again... now that we have the real thing..

Buy this book if you LIKE SMOKED food... you will not be sorry... Look at all of us that gave it such glowing reviews !!!!!!
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