Barbecue contests are serious business. Major competitions and festivals now take place in twenty-eight states, and there are twenty BBQ associations and societies across the country committed to encouraging the art of smoking and grilling meat. While thousands of chefs compete for the best ribs or brisket, low-key backyard BBQ competitions are springing up all over the country, offering amateur smokers the chance to become the neighborhood BBQ king or queen.
Arthur Aguirre’s BBQ team, Major League Grilling, has won nearly twenty awards in his first two years of BBQ competition, including Grand Champion at the Soybean Festival in Mexico, Missouri. In this book he compiles his prize-winning recipes with those of competitors across the country to offer the best rib, pit-fired poultry, brisket, and pulled pork recipes. From applewood smoked turkey to Napa Valley ribs to smoked meatloaf in a bacon weave, this book has something for every BBQ enthusiast. In addition, readers will find tips for concocting the perfect rubs, glazes, and sauces.
I don’t know about your family, but here at my house, the grill gets used all year round. We love grilled and smoked food, so this book was the absolute perfect addition to our collection. Summer is the most fun time for us to barbecue, but once you own this book, it’s hard to not want to throw some meat and veggies on the grill with some good, homemade sauces all throughout the year (yes, that includes winter months). I would have never thought to try smoked meatloaf, and the brisket is just to die for. When I say that that bacon wrapped meatloaf was a grand surprise, that is exactly what I mean. Every recipe that we have tried so far has been awesome, but that one just stands out in the crowd. Who wouldn’t love some good, old-fashioned meatloaf with a nice bacon twist? I can’t wait to make it again.
The recipes in this book are sure to please any barbecue/grill enthusiast, as well as appealing to the beginner grill user. The flavors of the sauces and the unique flare that is added to these recipes will make you want to grill all the time, just to have fun trying new, exciting and flavorful recipes. If you like to grill, or even if you just like to eat grilled/barbecued food, you have to get this book. I highly recommend it!