Because I eat a mostly vegetarian diet I always feel odd sharing books like Project Smoke, but it's one of those books that could turn even the most dedicated vegetarian into a carnivore. I've spent my summer happily trying out the recipes and I have yet to come across a single one I wouldn't add to my grilling and smoking rotation. The selection is absolutely fabulous, especially if you're looking to move beyond the basics of brats, burgers, and ribs.
The book starts out with an introduction to different types of smokers and fuel, which is great if you're a beginner, but the information is also valuable to the more seasoned smoker who might want to branch and try something new. There's a great breakdown of which wood is most easily available depending on where you live in the world (and not just the US) as well a huge list what wood is preferable depending on what you want to smoke. If you want to try your hand at smoking things beyond meat then this book has got you covered, it also has suggestions for smoking cheese, veggies, and even seafood.
Now one thing I do want to mention, at least to those of you who happen to hate BBQ sauce as much as I do, is that you'll find no shortage alternatives to top your meat with that don't require you to cover everything with an overly sweet vinegar-based sauce. I loved the vanilla-brown sugar glaze on the St. Louis style ribs, it may very well be my favorite recipe in the entire book, but I'm also a fan of the cherry glaze for the baby backs, and sriracha-lime hot sauce (which was suggested for lamb, but is equally tasty on hot wings.) There are some great sauce and glaze alternatives that will encourage even die hard BBQ sauce lovers to branch out.
Now to tempt you further, here is a short list of my favorite recipes. If it doesn't inspire you to pick up a copy of this book and try your hand at smoking, then I don't know what else will.
Recipes to try:
Deviled Smoked Eggs
Smoked Tomato-Corn Salsa
Smoked Fish Chowder
Cherry-Smoked Strip Steak
St. Louis Ribs with Vanilla-Brown Sugar Glaze
Double Whiskey-Smoked Turkey (I'm hoping to try this out for Thanksgiving dinner)
Smoked Duck Tacos
Bornholm Lax - Cold-Smoked Salmon like they make it in Denmark
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This book was sent to me for review by Workman Publishing as always, all opinions are my own.