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fryrose Aug 13, 2006 04:18 PM

My adventures as a CH began when I picked up a marked down, out-of-print book Real Barbecue by Greg Johnson and Vince Staten (1988). After reading the book, I talked two friends into a Kansas City road trip to try BBQ. As I used the book to guide us to the first place we decided to try, the neighborhood got scarier and scarier. When we finally found the spot we got hysterical--the place had burnt to the ground and the ruins were still smoldering.Fortunately, other spots were terrific and three CH were born.
Does anyone know of a guide to BBQ spots all over the country? Would you refer me to a book, video or a website? I'd also love to know if anyone knows the book I am referring to. Thanks.

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    Calamityville RE: fryrose Aug 13, 2006 04:48 PM

    There's a book called "Smokestack Lightning: Adventures In The Heart Of Barbecue Country"

    It was written by a guy who was Wynton Marsallis' road manager. He ate so much Barbecue on the road he decided to write a book about it. It was written in 1995 but was reprinted last year - I don't know if it was updated.

    Some of Rick Browne's Barbecue books may have some information on some BBQ joints - his show features one or two locations on each episode.

    Real Barbecue: The Only Barbecue Book You'll Ever Need : A Guide to the Best Joints, the Best Sauces, the Best Cookers-And Much More

    "Real Barbecue: The Only Barbecue Book You'll Ever Need : A Guide to the Best Joints, the Best Sauces, the Best Cookers-And Much More" isn't available locally. I looked it up on Amazon and ordered it and a couple of other books by Vince Staten just because they looked so whacky.

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      cooknKate RE: Calamityville Aug 13, 2006 05:07 PM

      Any name on who wrote 'Smokestack Lightning'? Sounds like my kinda book!

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        Jim Dorsch RE: Calamityville Aug 16, 2006 01:29 AM

        There's an updated (2005) edition of Real Barbecue. Search for author Staten and title Real Barbecue on abebooks.com.

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        Calamityville RE: fryrose Aug 13, 2006 08:26 PM

        Aack! Sorry about the incomplete info.

        From the Amazon Website: "Smokestack Lightning: Adventures In The Heart Of Barbecue Country" (Paperback)
        by Lolis Eric Elie, Frank Stewart (Photographer) "At the time of that eating I was employed as the road manager for the Wynton Marsalis Septet, and that fact also has a lot..."

        http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1580...

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          Calamityville RE: fryrose Aug 14, 2006 09:45 PM

          Here's a link that was posted on my local board for a Dallas resident's Memphis BBQ Road Trip. Looks like fun.

          http://www.dallasfood.org/modules.php...

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            Nancy Berry RE: fryrose Aug 16, 2006 12:23 AM

            Some links for you:

            http://www.bbqjoints.com/

            http://bbq.about.com/od/restaurants/

            http://bbq.netrelief.com/barbecue_res...

            http://www.hyperword.com/NeilsGuideto...

            http://www.thesmokering.com/forum/vie...

            http://local.msn.com/special/results/...

            1. bbqboy RE: fryrose Aug 16, 2006 12:27 AM

              for KC:
              http://www.gasbbq.net
              a recent travel thread:
              http://www.fodors.com/forums/threadse...

              1. BackyardChef RE: fryrose Aug 16, 2006 04:22 PM

                BBQ USA by Steve Raichlen is a good book that covers alot of bbq territory.

                Also, Mike Mills' Peace, Love and Barbecue is great, too.

                For Texas BBQ-- Legends of Texas Barbecue, by Robb Walsh.

                All of those would be in addition to the websites listed above.

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