Five for Friday: 5 BBQ / Cooking Books to Check Out

There is a need for some variety from me in 2014.  So I’m going to try out something new this year to see how it works.  Every Friday (or maybe every other Friday, or every 3rd Friday) I plan to publish a list of 5 things that may be of interest to the BBQ and outdoor cooking world.  It could be anything — books, rubs, sauces, blog posts… the possibilities are endless!  And it doesn’t have to be new — the posted items could be things that are tried and true in the world of BBQ and outdoor cooking.

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BBQ Pitmasters Season 5 Audition Videos

Happy New Year, everyone!  Not too long ago, a call was made for audition videos for casting of Season 5 of BBQ Pitmasters.  Pitmasters all across the country responded in force with their audition videos.  The deadline has passed, and some of the pitmasters will be receiving that fateful phone call to be on the show.  Here are the videos I have been able to find so far.  Enjoy!

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The Most Amazing Turkey Ever

Hope everyone had a very happy Thanksgiving! A few weeks ago, I wrote about my practice turkey cook for Thanksgiving. I was pretty happy with the cook, but a few tweaks and small changes were needed. Or so I thought…

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How Will You Prep Your Turkey this Thanksgiving?

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Turkey Practice

Last year was the first time I ever cooked a turkey on the smoker for Thanksgiving.  In fact, last Thanksgiving was the first time I ever cooked a turkey, period!  Some people like flying by the seat of their pants, but it really would have sucked had the turkey been ruined.  Fast forward to the Thanksgiving season of 2013… and with a turkey in the freezer (in the 10-14 lb range, closer to 14), there was no excuse for not doing a test cook beforehand!

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Sous Vide Pork Loin

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My First MBN Contest – What I Learned

As most of you know, I am a KCBS certified judge (and almost 2/3 of the way to my Master CBJ certification).  KCBS events are fairly easy to find here in the Mid-Atlantic region.  However, Memphis Barbecue Network (or MBN) contests are a little bit harder to locate here.  So when I saw that the Q-City Charlotte BBQ Championship (formerly known as the Time Warner Cable BBQ & Blues Festival and as the Blues, Brews, & BBQ Festival) was looking for both KCBS and MBN judges, I decided to apply.  And lo and behold, I got picked!

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My American Royal 2013

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My Take on the Perfect Sandwich – Sous Vide Prime Rib

Some of my favorite people ever are the crew from the Ubon’s BBQ team.  At Memphis in May each year, they have a tradition of serving “The Perfect Sandwich”.  For those of you who are not familiar with this sandwich, it is a smoked prime rib sandwich served on a sandwich roll with mayo and horseradish.  And if you ask real nicely, Leslie may even dip the inside of the sandwich roll in the au jus for you.  The recipe for both the prime rib and the “Perfect Sandwich” can be found in the book Peace, Love, and Barbecue.

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My Thoughts on Season 4 of BBQ Pitmasters

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