I bet we caught your attention with the headline, didn’t we? Don’t worry, this is not the R-rated, southern version of Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit edition (or if that's what you were expecting, we're sorry). Rather, it’s a collection of stories and recipes from some of the premier barbecue pitmasters in the country.
“The South’s Best Butts – Pitmaster Secrets for Southern Barbecue Perfection,” is for barbecue enthusiasts everywhere.
“Throughout the barbecue belt, and America for that matter, you will find countless and varying views, recipes, techniques, and tall tales that all play their part in the religion that is BBQ,” states the introduction to the book. “Yes, I said it – Southern BBQ is its own religion. And to experience it is akin to hearing the gospel for the first time.”
The book, by Matt Moore (author of “A Southern Gentleman’s Kitchen”) features everything from Smoked Turkey Sandwiches to Pork Belly Tonkatsu Ramen to Fried Banana Pudding and all of the starters, sides, and desserts within its 150-plus recipes.
Mostly, though, it features the almighty pork butt – “long considered to be one of the South’s most revered cuts” – as its foundation. Every rub, sauce and grilling technique is an added bonus to that foundation.
The book is divided into three parts: Fuel = Flavor (techniques and vessels for barbecue); Smokehouse Stories and Recipes; and All the Trimmings.
It’s engaging stories and beautiful photographs will draw you in. For more information, visit www.timeincbooks.com or www.mattrmoore.com. The book retails for $24.95 and can be found at fine bookstores and at amazon.com.