SMOKIN' HOT IN THE SOUTH:New Grilling Recipes from the Winningest Woman in Barbecue

SMOKIN' HOT IN THE SOUTH                              MELISSA COOKSTON

With the grill and smoker as her go-to tools, chef Melissa Cookston—named "One of the most influential pitmasters in America" by Fox News, and one of the "25 Super Women in Business" by the Memphis Business Journal in 2015—shares her all-new, modern interpretations of traditional Southern ingredients and recipes. 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 includes recipes for Butterbean Pate, Asian Pork Tenderloin with Watermelon Rind Pickles and Minted Watermelon Salad, Deep South Burgers with Pimento Cheese and Fried Green Tomatoes, Bacon-Wrapped Scallops with Blood Orange-Jalapeno Glaze, Mini Sage Biscuits with Homemade Sage Butter, and Caramelized Fig Clafoutis. She also covers the tools, techniques, and ingredients needed to be successful grilling or smoking at home. This book will not leave you hungry! 

This was an outstanding barbeque cookbook. The author first goes over everything you should have on hand in your pantry, and items to make you’re grilling less stressful. She goes over all the different types of equipment from the simplest to the professional. She does recommend to read her first book about pro barbeque if that is what you are looking to get into, for she went up against the best and won. Now this book she will give you recipes to cook, but for me the real meat of this book was her giving out the recipes of her rubs, and some barbecue sauce. One important part also that was helpful was writing down the measurements as you go along so you can change ingredients if needed and also you will not get the flavor you are looking for the first time you start putting together different items to come up with the taste you want. I have found this to be true in other items that I have cooked also. I really was not into all of the items that she was making but everyone has different likes, so that is really not a big deal for me. her direction in what to have on hand to make a rub, or the basic ingredients to begin a sauce, and her explaining the difference in all of the different grills out there, and how she was wanting you to get comfortable with one before thinking on moving on to a bigger one. She also shows you how you can get the same flavor without having to buy a big grill just by adding different wood. Overall those were the items that made this a very good book for me. I got this book from netgalley. I gave it 5 stars. Follow us at

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