Friday, May 15, 2009

Review: Easy BBQ Recipes

Easy BBQ Recipes

By: Uncredited

Publisher: Golden West Publishers

Pages: 94

Identical in physical design to Texas Cook Book that we reviewed earlier, this book has a loose spiral binding. The book has a full color cover, but the interiors are black and white. There are occasional line drawings, but there are no photos in the book. This is clearly a book designed for those on a budget. Thankfully, the price point is low enough to overlook the lack of aesthetic amenities. Is Easy BBQ Recipes worth the $9.95 msrp? Keep reading.

The spartan design of the book has the unexpected benefit of allowing the publisher to get almost a recipe per page (with the exception of the index and the introductory section). This is a book of dichotomies. For every positive there is an accompanying negative. The question that we have to answer is, does the positive outweigh the negative by enough to make this book worth the minimal investment.

For a small book, Easy BBQ Recipes is chock full of recipes. Unfortunately the quality varies wildly. Some recipes are creative and well worth the time to read thoroughly and try out. Others are extremely basic in nature. Some (maybe most) of the recipes are well developed and written. Sadly, these often sit right next to a recipe that is lacking in pertinent details found in other recipes. There is a recipe on page 18 for Grilled Sirloin with Orange Marinade that has instructions for preheating your grill and cooking temperatures. The following recipe (Marinated London Broil) has neither.

Much like Texas Cook Book, this book is strangely anachronistic. There is a recipe for BBQ Chicken Fajitas that has a preamble that mentions how fajitas (a south west staple, as they mention) have recently been discovered in trendy restaurants. This book is being reviewed about as far east as possible in the US and we have enjoyed fajitas without difficulty for decades.

As you may infer, this book is not solely a compilation of BBQ recipes. There are plenty of grilling recipes as well as side dishes such as soups, potatoes, fruits and cornbread. At the end of the book there are 6 recipes for sauces and marinades. These final recipes are very solid, which bodes well for the next Golden West Publishers book to be reviewed, BBQ Sauces.

After due consideration, this book falls into the ‘recommended’ category, but it barely makes it. The diversity, density and price point all speak favorably for purchase, but not favorably enough for the numerous faults to be overlooked.

Here is a sample recipe from the book and the publishers website:

Yabba Dabba Do Ribs

6 pounds Pork Ribs
1/2 cup Water
1/4 cup minced Green Bell Pepper
1/4 cup minced Onion
2 tbsp. ground Black Pepper
1 tbsp. Olive Oil
1 tsp. Cayenne Pepper
1 tsp. Coarse Salt

Mix marinade ingredients in a bowl and pour over ribs which have been sliced into single ribs. Marinate in refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Preheat gas grill for 10 minutes with burners on high.

Turn burners to medium and place ribs on grill reserving marinade. Close grill lid. Cook 10 minutes per side for well done. Remember, do not eat pink pork. Be sure to baste ribs with remaining marinade after turning.


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