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Extreme Barbecue

Smokin' Rigs and Real Good Recipes

by Dan Huntley and Lisa Grace Lednicer

Extreme Barbecue

If you bought that ultra-duty stainless steel Weber Summit S-650 gas grill thinking that it would make you the barbecue bad boy of the block, then you haven’t met the folks of Extreme Barbecue: Smokin’ Rigs and Real Good Recipes. Written by Dan Huntley and Lisa Grace Lednicer, two veteran judges of the Kansas City Barbeque Society, Extreme Barbecue puts that Weber to shame with profiles of the craziest barbecue contraptions in America.

Extreme Barbecue is American ingenuity at its most primitive. The impressive roster of rigs includes everything from a steel trashcan used to steam oysters to a beer keg-pizza oven cooker that has churned out award-winning brisket. The book covers it all, from simple grills made with cinder blocks and charcoal to the granddaddy of all grills, a two-story mobile smoker with a built-in spiral staircase.

Its well-written profiles are unique if not inspirational, and each are accompanied by a diverse set of recipes, ranging from barbecue sauce to brisket to slaw. Albeit a great collection of recipes, the book is quite impractical as a cookbook, as its recipes are somewhat disorganized and not easily searchable. And some are not for the faint of heart, especially the ones involving day-long prep work or whole-roasted animals. Still, it’s easy to get sucked into the circus of the barbecue world, and after hearing about the man who turned a bulldozer into a fiery grill, it seems just about anything is possible with a bit of metal, fire and a good slab of meat.

Reviewed by Nancy Huang

(Updated: 06/18/10 SG)

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