I recently received a copy of “The Wood Pellet Smoker and Grill Cookbook” from Ulysses Press. Written by California resident Peter Jautaikis, pitmaster of smokinpetebbq.com, the illustrated 180 page hard cover book has a bevy of recipes – appetizers, poultry, red meat, pork, seafood, “extras” and brines and rubs. A lot of the recipes are classic barbecue and grilling fare – ATBs, bacon-wrapped asparagus, spatchcocked chicken, brisket and ribs – but the book includes some non-traditional and interesting recipes as well.
Y’all know I loves me the bacon. I cure five or six of flavors of my own of the stuff. Now imagine my glee when I opened the mailbox and found a review copy of The Smoking Bacon & Hog Cookbook. Much like the animal that sacrifices itself for my cured pork fix, I squealed. Only with joy instead stark of terror. That’s an important distinction. What’s more important is the book’s treatment of one of the holiest of holies in the meat world: bacon. This book is as much about curing bacon as it is cooking with it.
With us going into the Fiery Foods Show in just a couple of weeks and Dave making the final pushes to pull in attendees, I’m posting about marketing this week. It’s an area that makes or breaks many a spicy product maker looking to take their product from part-time hobby to full-time business. Sara Lancaster and her company The Condiment Marketing Co. specialize in this area. A few weeks ago, she gave us a copy of her latest ebook, Make Your Food Biz Look BIG: A Guide for Entrepreneurs Who Want to Market Like the Pros, for review. Its information is must-have for any hot sauce or condiment maker trying to grow their product into a major business. Here’s why.
With most firsthand account books, someone dies or at the very least you get a graphic description of some horrible event, complete with gory photos. This is typically followed by a round of talk show appearances, and up until a few years ago, crying on TV in front of Oprah. You wont’ find any of that crap in this upbeat chile love letter. Unlike many eyewitness-esque works, Kelly Urig’s New Mexico Chiles: History, Legend, and Lore is a positive tribute to an icon from the writer’s childhood. Here’s what I mean…
Pork chops being one of my favorite foods ever, I was pretty eager to see what Dr. BBQ had to say about them in his latest cookbook, Pork Chop: 60 Recipes for Living High on the Hog. I was not disappointed.
Not that you ever need to explain to anyone why you want to barbecue, but if for some reason you did, there’s a great list of Barbecue’s High Holy Days in George Hensler’s book, Totally Q. If some fool looks at you when you suggest firing up the grill and you’re tired of telling them, “Because I say so,” try using one of these as an excuse. Just make sure the holiday and the date coincide. Haters can’t call you out if you’re right.
Father’s Day is upon us and instead of making a mad last minute dash for ties and cheap cologne, you may want to consider this book from Ray “Dr. BBQ” Lampe for dad instead. Especially if he’s new to smoke and flame.