Barbecue Sauces, Rubs, and Marinades, Steven Raichlen

Barbecue Sauces, Rubs, and Marinades, Steven RaichlenTitle: Barbecue Sauces, Rubs, and Marinades
Author: Steven Raichlen
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company
Genres: Cookbook, Lifestyle
Publication Date: May 2, 2017
Rating: five-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

Barbecue sauces, rubs, and marinades are every griller’s secret weapon—the flavor boosters that give grilled food its character, personality, depth, and soul.

Steven Raichlen, America’s “master griller” (Esquire), has completely updated and revised his bestselling encyclopedia of chile-fired rubs, lemony marinades, buttery bastes, pack-a-wallop sauces, plus mops, slathers, sambals, and chutneys. It’s a cornucopia of all the latest flavor trends, drawing from irresistible Thai, Mexican, Indian, Cajun, Jamaican, Italian, and French cuisines, as well as those building blocks from America’s own barbecue belt.

There are over 200 recipes in all, including a full sampler of dinner recipes using the sauces. And the book now has full-color photographs throughout. It’s the essential companion cookbook for every at-home pitmaster looking to up his or her game.

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Barbecue Sauces, Rubs, and Marinades by Steven Raichlen

Barbecue Sauces, Rubs, and Marinades by Steven Raichlen is a fantastic resource for the grill master in your life. have always enjoyed grilling season, and while I am not the one typically doing the grilling, I thought that this collection of recipes would give me some inspiration. There are so many different types of marinades and rubs in this book that it is actually mind-boggling! If you are in the market for some barbecue ideas or tips, this is the recipe book that has it all.

❀ Interesting Variety of Recipes

Grilling season has just barely begun and I cannot wait to try out some of these interesting recipes in Barbecue Sauces, Rubs, and Marinades. Raichlen has written this book to give help to those who are new to barbecuing and there are so many ideas and how-tos alongside the directions. Important concepts, such as how not to cross-contaminate foods are addressed, yet those more experienced cooks will enjoy the interesting variety of recipes.

pineapple on a white plate

❀ Even Desserts can be Barbecued!

Desserts are not something I would associate with my grill, however my eyes have been opened to new possibilities! I tried the grilled pineapple rub and found it not only tasty, it was simple and easy to put together with just a few ingredients, such as sugar and cinnamon. I really enjoy the simplicity of these recipes and they take ordinary foods and kick them up a notch with an easy to assemble rub or marinade.


Another recipe that I tried was Raichlen’s, “The Only Marinade You’ll Ever Need.” Well, this simple and zesty Mediterranean marinade is very versatile and can be used for so many different meats. It is essentially an oil and lemon juice mixture that has some added spice to it. I used this recipe to marinade some chicken pieces and it made my chicken flavourful and moist. This is definitely a recipe that I will be coming back to over and over again.

❀ A one-stop Shop for Grilling

Barbecue Sauces, Rubs and Marinades  by Steven Raichlen is pretty much your one stop shop for any grilling recipe out there. Along with its tips and ideas for how to handle food, this book makes a great addition to any collection. I am going to be gifting this cookbook to a few grillers on my list this year, for sure!


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22 thoughts on “Barbecue Sauces, Rubs, and Marinades, Steven Raichlen

  1. Beth F says:

    We grill quite a lot, all year round. I may have to check into this book. I like the idea of grilled fruits, and wish I thought to do it more often.

  2. Mae says:

    You make this sound pretty much like the author’s earlier book, which is a pretty useful guide to grilling!

    best.. mae at

  3. Claudia says:

    It’s perfect timing, to get out the grills and bone up on rubs and marinades. I want to try doing more veggie grilling along with the meat – a nice juicy portobello perhaps.

  4. Kelly says:

    Barbecue sauces are one of my weaknesses…I absolutely love them. I never really associate desserts with a grill either, but there seems to be a few things that sound really amazing!

  5. Rosie says:

    I only used to give a little bit of thought to marinades, rubs or BBQ sauce, that is until I had chicken grilled with a really good sauce, and it was a mind-altering experience. This would be great as part of a gift basket!

  6. Lori Smanski says:

    thank you for reviewing. this sounds like a wonderful book. so many of the store bought ones have so much sugar and we cant do that. again thanks for sharing.

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