The Smoke Shop's Backyard BBQ Cookbook Review

The Smoke Shop's Backyard BBQ Cookbook Review

Title: The Smoke Shop's Backyard BBQ: Eat, Drink, and Party Like a Pitmaster
Author: Andy Husbands and William Salazar
Published: February 18, 2020, Fair Winds Press
No. of Pages: 224
Cover Price: $30.00 Hardcover, $16.50 Kindle

The Smoke Shop is a popular restaurant located in Massachusetts, and hungry diners flock to the three locations to enjoy some of the best smoky barbecue in the nation. Andy Husbands, award winning Pitmaster and his sidekick William Salazar have finally given in to all the requests for their recipes in The Smoke Shop's Backyard BBQ: Eat, Drink, and Party Like a Pitmaster. Now those who don’t live in Massachusetts can enjoy the incredible food. Just reading the book makes one want to jump on a plane to taste the food in person.

This excellent cookbook has everything needed to learn how to do perfect smoked food, but it also includes excellent side dishes. The prose is well-written and interesting; the book can be read for enjoyment alone, if not cooking. There are instructions for everything needed to set up a home barbecue pit, and the chapters cover things like Backyard BBQ, Taco Tuesday, Tailgate and Holiday Party, as well as The Cocktail Party, The Fancy Party, and the Big Brunch. There are also chapters on Basics and an ingredient guide. The recipes are written so that anyone can follow them easily. Favorite recipes include Chicken and Waffles with Red-Eye Gravy, Smoky Hot BBQ Sauce, Brisket Ropa Vieja Tacos, Derby Slab Bars, and Garrett’s Tex-Mex Shrimp. Appetizers – side dishes – vegetables – main dishes – desserts – this cookbook has it all.

One of the best reasons to purchase this excellent cookbook is the photographs. The photographer, Ken Goodman, should win awards for them, and there are beautiful photos of almost every mouthwatering recipe in the book. Anyone who loves smoked food along with yummy side dishes will want to pick up a copy of this excellent cookbook.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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