Smokin’ Hot in the South
New Grilling Recipes from the Winningest Woman in Barbecue
Melissa explains how the culinary traditions of the South—long a bastion of slow-simmered vegetables and deep-fried everything—have expanded in the last decade to embrace Southwestern flavors, Asian spices, and the French palate.
The nine chapters venture beyond the competition and barbecue principles of her first book and focus on instilling flavor with fire, using fresh herbs, and diversifying seasoning components in recipes that reflect the New South. She fire-roasts homegrown green tomatoes for a spicy take on a traditional pizza sauce and uses a barbecue smoker to add Southern nuance to porchetta. Also included are recipes for Butterbean Pate, Asian Pork Tenderloin with Watermelon Rind Pickles and Minted Watermelon Salad, Deep South Burgers with Pimento Cheese and more. She also covers the tools, techniques, and ingredients needed to be successful grilling or smoking at home. This book will not leave you hungry!
About the Author
Melissa Cookston is a two-time Memphis in May Grand Champion (2010, 2012) and four-time World Hog Champion (2010, 2011, 2013, 2014), something no one else, especially female, has accomplished. The "winningest woman in barbecue," she is generally regarded as one of the best barbecue cooks in the country. She co-owns and is the pitmaster at Memphis Barbecue Company restaurants (2 locations across the Southeast), headquartered in Horn Lake, Mississippi. She is currently a judge on the Netflix show, American Barbecue Showdown, and was previously a judge on season four of Destination America's BBQ Pitmasters. She also has appeared on the Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, as well as Chopped, Last Call Food Brawl, the Today show, The Chew, Fox News, and on many other shows and in a variety of periodicals.
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