Now that we are about to kickoff summer, I am excited to share Championship BBQ Secrets for Real Smoked Food by Karen Putnam and Judith Fertig. If you have ever wanted to know how to smoke food or simply expand your recipe bank, this cookbook is it. I’m including this cookbook, another cookbook, and a handy barbecue tool (affiliate links) below to help you find it easily.

Championship BBQ Secrets for Real Smoked Food by Karen Putnam and Judith Fertig Cookbook Review

Championship BBQ Secrets for Real Smoked Food Cookbook Review

Championship BBQ Secrets for Real Smoked Food Cookbook Review

Written by a trained chef, who later became a well-decorated barbecue champion, Karen Putnam really made a name for herself in the world of championship barbecuing until her untimely death due to breast cancer in October of 2011.

An excerpt from the first edition book shares Karen’s quick-thinking and clever methods at making any equipment work. It’s a fun read. In other words: you won’t need a fancy grill to use this amazing cookbook.

This unique cookbook is not only written for folks wanting to compete in barbecue contests but it’s written for anyone who has wanted to learn the best way of smoking meats of all kinds.

Barbecue Cookbook

And, really, “amazing” is a good word to describe this cookbook.

You will learn about sauces, the secret to tasty brisket, poultry, and pork ribs. There’s a section on layering flavors both before and during cooking. You’ll also discover the methods to ensure a perfectly smoked cut of meat.

Yes, Championship BBQ Secrets for Real Smoked Food may be directed at those gearing up for open or invitational style competitions, but this is certainly a cookbook anyone can enjoy.

The Secret is in the Sauce


The secret to a good barbecue result might surprise you. It’s all about layering flavors. But you’ll read all about how to do that in this handy guide to everything smoked and delicious.

Photos detail step-by-step how to build a fire and how to build your flavors. Of course, it shares how to actually slow-smoke a variety of meats, too. Pork ribs, brisket, chicken wings–it’s all here. Did I mention that there are sides in here, too? Vegetables like sweet potatoes and asparagus can all have a place on the grill. Why not get it all done on the grill? You can keep your house cool and enjoy a great meal.

From Stuffed Mushrooms to Salmon with White Wine and Pesto to Cherry Chipotle Wings or a Spicy Pork Tenderloin, you will find all that and more in almost 400 pages. Find it at an Indiana bookstore near you.

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