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"Live fire cooking at its wicked BEST! The IQUE team will raise your BBQ IQ." ?Carolyn Wells, Ph.B., Executive Director and co-founder, Kansas City Barbeque Society
"A lot of serious barbecue champions have been waiting to see what secrets would be revealed in Chris and Andy?s book, and they are not going to be disappointed! These guys are both finely tuned chefs and hardcore pitmasters, a rare combination, and they?ve shared it all. I now understand how they won the world championship. The barbecue cookbook bar has just been raised." ?Ray Lampe, ...
"Live fire cooking at its wicked BEST! The IQUE team will raise your BBQ IQ." —Carolyn Wells, Ph.B., Executive Director and co-founder, Kansas City Barbeque Society
"A lot of serious barbecue champions have been waiting to see what secrets would be revealed in Chris and Andy’s book, and they are not going to be disappointed! These guys are both finely tuned chefs and hardcore pitmasters, a rare combination, and they’ve shared it all. I now understand how they won the world championship. The barbecue cookbook bar has just been raised." —Ray Lampe, Dr. BBQ, author of Ribs, Chops, Steaks, and Wings
"If there were ever a book that personified the ethos of the chef and brings it right into your kitchen, it is Wicked Good Barbecue. The audacious and tasty recipes showcase everything from the modern classics to serious in-your face-barbeque. Wicked Good Barbecue is a must for every grill aficionado." —Chris Schlesinger, coauthor of Thrill of the Grill and owner of East Coast Grill & Raw Bar in Cambridge, MA
How did two guys from Boston win hundreds of barbecue ribbons, thirty Kansas City Barbecue Society championships, and the biggest prize of them all, the Jack Daniel's World Championship Invitational Barbecue? By standing over glowing coals and smoking barrels for days on end to develop barbecue recipes not just good, but "wicked good" as they say in New England.
Award-winning chefs Andy Husbands and Chris Hart reveal their secrets to competition-winning barbecue—from the actual recipe that won the Jack Daniel's World Championship Invitational, to the 25-Step Championship Chicken that melts in your mouth and the American Royal First Place Beef Brisket, king of them all, hardest to master and unforgettable to eat when it's done right.
Wicked Good Barbecue ain’t your daddy’s barbecue. It’s just the best you’ve ever tasted. So if you want to cook competition-worthy chow, and you think you've got what it takes or want inspiration from the best; crack this book, pick up your tongs, and fire away. Wicked Good Barbecue is your guide to fun, fearless, and fantastic barbecue no matter where you're from.
"This cookbook makes it clear that barbecue competitors Husbands (chef & owner, Tremont 647; The Fearless Chef) and Chris Hart achieve success through an undying commitment to their obsession. Their Seven-Layer Dip is a highbrow concoction of shredded short ribs, crab rémoulade, beef tartare, salmon spread, and more, and their other recipes (except perhaps the cocktails and desserts) are equally challenging. With help from food writer Andrea Pyenson, their prose exudes energy and confidence, and that makes this an entertaining read. VERDICT: Mere mortals may not have the patience for recipes like Six Day Bacon of the Gods or 25-Step Championship Chicken, but fervent BBQ diehards with their eyes on a championship will believe their prayers have been answered." - Library Journal
Fried Mac 'n Cheese Pops
Every year, at Harpoon’s Championship of New England Barbecue in Windsor, Vermont, we have the chance to be vendors as well as competitors. This dish is by far one of our most popular. It’s a little time-consuming, but it’s absolutely worth it. Before you begin, make sure you have space in your freezer, because these have to stay frozen until they are fried. If you don’t need the full batch for your gathering (or if you’d like to double the recipe to keep these on hand!), freeze the remaining pops in an airtight container for up to four weeks, and fry them as needed.
—1 pound (455 g) elbow macaroni
—1⁄2 cup (1 stick, 112 g) butter
—4 1⁄2 cups (562.5 g) flour, divided
—1 teaspoon (1.2 g) crushed red pepper flakes
—1 teaspoon (6 g) salt
—1⁄2 teaspoon (1 g) ground black pepper
—3 1⁄2 cups (870 ml) half-and-half
—4 cups (460 g) grated Monterey Jack cheese
—4 1⁄2 cups (520 g) bread crumbs, divided
—Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
—10 eggs, beaten
—6 cups (1.4 L) vegetable oil, for frying
—45 wooden popsicle sticks, deep fryer or deep saucepan (you will need to hold about 2 inches [5 cm] of oil)
In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook macaroni according to package directions. Drain very well, place in a large mixing bowl, and set aside.
In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Whisk in 1⁄2 cup (62.5 g) of the flour, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper, stirring constantly until well blended. Continue to cook, stirring, for 2 minutes.
Add half-and-half gradually, whisking constantly. Bring to a boil, stirring often, and cook for 2 minutes. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring often.
Add cheese, 1⁄2 cup (57.5 g) at a time, stirring until cheese is melted before adding more. Remove from heat and let cool for 10 minutes. Pour the cheese sauce over the macaroni, add 1⁄2 cup (60 g) of the bread crumbs, and mix well. Season with salt and pepper. Cool to room temperature.
Place a piece of waxed paper on a baking sheet. Make forty-five 2-ounce (60-g) balls (about the size of a golf ball) with the macaroni and cheese, and skewer each one with a Popsicle stick. Place in freezer for 20 minutes.
Set up a breading station, with a bowl of the remaining 4 cups (500 g) flour, a bowl of beaten eggs, and a bowl of the remaining 4 cups (460 g) bread crumbs.
Remove macaroni pops from the freezer and bread each one by coating lightly but completely in flour, then egg, then bread crumbs, tapping off excess after each step. Place back on waxed paper and freeze for 30 minutes more. Remove from the freezer and repeat the breading process; freeze again until serving time.
In a deep fryer or deep saucepan, heat the oil to 325°F (170°C). Working in batches of 4 to 6 mac ’n cheese pops, gently lower them one by one into the hot oil and fry until golden brown and heated through, 5 to 7 minutes per batch. The crumbs will brown very quickly, but don’t be fooled—it takes a few minutes for the centers to thaw and heat up. It’s a good idea to test at least one pop per batch with an instant-read thermometer. It will read 125 to 135°F (51.6 to 57.2°C) when they’re done.
Transfer the finished pops to a paper towel–lined plate to drain. Serve immediately, warning guests that the pops are very hot.
Yield: 45 pops
Chapter 1: The Basics of Barbecue
Chapter 2: Taking Home the Prize: How a Group of Friends from the North Won the World Championship of Barbecue
Chapter 3: Tailgating and Playing Outside
Chapter 4: Twisted Traditionals
Chapter 5: D.I.Y. BBQ (FrankenCue)
Chapter 6: Wait ’til you Try This (Unbelievable Results That Take Time)
Chapter 7: Road Trip
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