The Smoke Shop’s Backyard BBQ is a recipe book that has so much more than just ideas for grilling on the BBQ. This book contains so many different ideas, such as Taco Tuesdays and holiday get-togethers. It is a must-have for anyone who loves hosting backyard barbecues.Title: The Smoke Shop's Backyard BBQ: Eat, Drink, and Party Like a Pitmaster
Author: Andy Husbands
Publisher: Fair Winds Press
Publication Date: February 18, 2020
Every meal is better with BBQ! Impress your friends, family, and co-workers with recipes from Boston's popular Smoke Shop restaurant.
Join Andy Husbands and Will Salazar as they share their secrets in The Smoke Shop's Backyard BBQ. Start off with a classic Backyard Barbecue featuring pulled pork, Twice-Smoked Pulled Chicken, deliciously simple brisket, and New Memphis Ribs. With a selection of the Smoke Shop’s favorite sides, drinks, and desserts, it might seem like all you ever needed. Then they go further afield, as the following chapters bring smokehouse flavor to every occasion:
Make Taco Tuesday special with Brisket Ropa Vieja Tacos, Pulled Pork Quesadillas, BBQ Empanadas, Street Corn, The Smoke Shop Guac, and Tres Leches Minicakes.
Amp up your next Cocktail Party with Pork Belly Pastrami Skewers, BBQ Peanuts, and smoked Oysters on the Half Shell, paired with a Downtown Derby cocktail.
Throw the ultimate Tailgate featuring Salt and Pepper Baby Back Ribs, Pork Belly Burnt Ends, The Smoke Shop’s Famous Wings, and The Ultimate BLT Bar.
Additional chapters include The Big Brunch, a Fancy Party, and even a Holiday Party to keep the BBQ going year round. Gather your friends and family: it's time for a BBQ-filled celebration!
❃ I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. ❃
Review: The Smoke Shop’s Backyard BBQ
As it is nearing the end of February in my corner of the world, it is still winter and not quite BBQ season yet. However, The Smoke Shop’s Backyard BBQ has me dreaming of warmer weather and the fantastic food that I will creating with the smoker. There are some interesting meal ideas in this cookbook and I never considered a backyard brunch by the barbecue before. The offerings in this book are:
- The Backyard BBQ
- The Cocktail Party
- Taco Tuesday
- The Big Brunch
- The Fancy Party
- The Holiday Party
❀ Extensive Instructions
What is most useful in this book is the layout of the recipes. The authors have given extensive instructions on how to prepare and cook the meals, as well as describe the equipment needed. It is an easy to follow cookbook that also has gorgeous images and some wonderful commentary. Those familiar with the Boston restaurant the authors own will enjoy getting a little backstory from the pitmasters themselves.
There are quite a few recipes that I am excited to try this spring, including Beef Prime Rib au Jus. The accompanying sides, desserts and cocktails also make it easy to pull any party off with ease. I did give the Baked Macaroni & Cheese with Bacon and Asparagus a try, as it was something I could create in my oven. I did lighten it up a little bit by omitting some of the fat content and I used bread crumbs instead of saltines for the top. It was definitely a hit at my house and a nice change to traditional mac and cheese.
If you are a fan of the grill and smoked meats, The Smoke Shop’s Backyard BBQ is one cookbook to watch for. It has just about everything you will ever need to know about perfecting your grilling game.