Steven Raichlens BBQ Books, Rubs, Sauces
Need help in picking one or two of Steve's cookbooks. How about the Barbacue Bible or Barbacue Sauces, Rubs, and Marinades?
I recently purchased S. Raichlens Island Blend Spice rub at the Back Yard BBQ store in Wilmette, Illinois. I'm usually unimpressed by packaged rubs and sauces but I must say that Steve's Island Spice Rub is one of the best. It's sort of like a Jamaican Spice Rub. I purchased a couple large bags of frozen chicken wings at Aldi (great value for $5.99-check the plastic bags for holes before buying) and was pleased. Anyway, I made one batch of barbacue wings and one with Steve's Island Blend on my BIG GREEN EGG Grill/Smoker. Both were a hit. Yesterday I used the Island rub for a beer can chicken and it's definitely a keeper.
Any other great Raichlen Rubs & Sauces?
I highly recommend the Barbeque Bible (James Beard Award Winner). I haven't tried any of his other barbeque books, but I have a very high opinion of him, his writing and his cooking, so I don't think you can go wrong. Believe it or not, I took a cooking class taught by Steve about 25 years ago, in Cambridge, MA, still the best, most fun and most informative class I have ever taken!
I have the Rubs, Sauces & Marinades book which is my go-to for everything to do with BBQ. The Lone Star Rub which is his brisket rub is our favorite. We use it on all beef, pork ribs, port butt, pork chops and chicken. His foolproof fish cure is our standby for smoking salmon. And I make his BBQ sauce in quadruple quantities so it will last through a couple of months of heavy BBQ'ing.
I probably have used the Barbeque Bible more than any other cookbook the last 3 or 4 years. I highly recommend it.
I bought his "How to Grill" book for my college-age son when he was just starting to get into cooking. It may be too simplistic for someone who really knows their way around the grill, but the photographs are fabulous and the recipes he's tried have been great. Especially like the bourbon-brined pork chops. I have been cooking for more years than I'd like to admit and I refer to this book alot. I gave my brother "Barbeque Bible" for Christmas one year and almost wanted to take it back. The recipes looked very intersting.
Speaking of Steven Raichlen..... I bought his "High-Flavour Low-Fat Vegetarian Cooking Cook Book in 1997 and never took any ideas from it. I started to read it again over the summer and have discovered so many excellent high flavour recipe ideas that I keep this book on my kitchen counter.