Be the BBQ Pitmaster: A Regional Smoker Cookbook Celebrating America's Best Barbecue

Be the BBQ Pitmaster: A Regional Smoker Cookbook Celebrating America's Best Barbecue

by Will Budiaman


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You can pick the protein, switch the sides, and even swap the sauce—but when it comes to being a barbecue pitmaster there are three ingredients that you just can’t do without: Meat. Smoke. And, most importantly, time.

Barbecue is a pillar of American cookery, steeped in rich tradition and regional variety. And when it comes to celebrating America’s best barbecue, not just any ol’ cookbook will do. Be the BBQ Pitmaster is your start-to-finish roadmap through it all so you can smoke your way from Kansas City’s Brisket to the Smoked Pork Shoulder of the Carolinas.

Prep time, cook time, serving size…a true barbecue pitmaster leaves nothing to chance. Each recipe in Be the BBQ Pitmaster cookbook provides a complete breakdown of everything you need to know for staying cool while you bring the heat.

  • 125+ authentic barbecue recipes deliver the classic smoked barbecue flavor you love alongside creative sides, sauces, and desserts
  • Regional barbecue style overviews and must-have barbecue basics
  • Smoking recipes that range in difficulty so you can build your barbecue skill set
  • Cook-off FAQs for upping your game and entering amateur competition
  • Insider secrets from top pitmasters to develop your barbecue chops including: Memphis’s own Clint Cantwell, editor of and winner of Travel Channel's "American Grilled” and three-time James Beard “Best Southwest Chef” semifinalist and “Top Chef” contestant Chef John Tesar

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781943451265
Publisher: Arcas Publishing
Publication date: 05/02/2016
Pages: 274
Sales rank: 766,256
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Will Budiaman is a New York City-based author of several cookbooks including Real BBQ: The Ultimate Step-by-Step Smoker Cookbook. Will is a graduate of the International Culinary Center and is the recipe editor for Blue Apron. He has also worked with Maple, Bon Appétit, Epicurious and more. To learn more, visit

Table of Contents

Introduction 9

Part 1 An Overview of Ha Barbecue Fundamentals

1 BBQ Basics 13

2 Preparations for the Perfect Cook 29

Part 2 A Cross-Section of Regional Classics

3 Early Roots 51

4 The Carolinas 73

5 Kansas City 105

6 Memphis 131

7 Texas 163

8 The Rest of the U.S. 197

9 Modern Influences 231

Acknowledgments 251

Appendix A Measurements and Conversions 252

Appendix B The Dirty Dozen and the Clean Fifteen 253

Resources 254

References 256

Recipe Type Index 257

Index 260

Customer Reviews