Mouthwatering, tender, and scrumptious--that's what you can expect from food that's prepared on a wood-pellet grill. This complete guide and cookbook provides all the information you need to create taste-tempting meals on this unique and amazingly versatile outdoor cooker.
Bob Devon, barbeque master extraordinaire, begins by explaining how you can use a wood-pellet grill as a smoker, grill, barbeque, oven, and broiler to cook virtually any food out of doors. He then kicks off the recipes with a medley of barbeque rubs, marinades, and sauces designed to transform even the most mundane food into a culinary treat.
Following this are recipes for steaks; burgers, dogs, and sausages; pork; chicken; turkey; seafood; vegetables; breads and pizzas; and even desserts. And from slowcooked, fall-off-the-bone meats to crispy pizzas, every dish is easy to make and even easier to enjoy.
If you think that an outdoor cooker is just for grilling franks and burgers, get ready to learn a whole new way of preparing your favorite foods. The Complete Wood Pellet Barbeque Cookbook is your key to outdoor cooking success.
"Devon explains the basics of equipment and has impressive, easy-to-follow recipes designed to coax the most flavor from meat, seafood, and vegetable dishes. VERDICT: This excellent cookbook should not be overlooked." -- from LIBRARY JOURNAL
"The versatility of wood pellet grills make them an attractive option for barbeque and grilling in an appliance that allows more control over temperature and flavor. He suggests woods and even wine pairings. Devon's guide is great for pellet grilling and outdoor cookery." -- from PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY
I've been grilling for many years, but just recently I decided to up my game, and bought a Traeger (Lil Tex). I'm completely new at using such a beast, so I've been reading all I can on the subject and even attended a little one day "bbq school" nearby. At this point I have a pretty good sized stack of BBQ books, but for where I'm at in terms of BBQ knowledge, and in particular slow cooking with a pellet grill, this is now my go-to book. Why?
1. Other BBQ books are either grilling books in disguise, or assume that you are using some ancient sort of charcoal or non-pellet wood burning technique. So when they give you cooking advice and notes, I have to take everything that they say with a grain of salt, which makes something that is already complex and challenging, even more so.
2. The book contains a lot of really useful reference material. And other reviewers saying that you could obtain this information elsewhere is besides the point (that's really true of all information is it not?). The great thing is that I can lug this book around, and look up information like what types of pellets go with what sorts of meat. What are the internal temperatures for each given meat type that I should be looking for that correspond to the "done-ness" of the meat (well, medium, rare etc.)
3. There are recipes for making several different kinds of rubs and sauces, and just as importantly there is detailed discussion about how to use these.
4. This isn't a book with a huge number of recipes, like maybe a half dozen or so for each type of meat, plus a few sides and deserts. But the thing I really like is that the instructions are pretty detailed. For example, the first instruction is always what temperature setting to use on your pellet smoker. That is followed by instructions on prepping the meat, followed by cooking instructions. So many of the other books really just tell you what ingredients you need, and little more. For example, in another book it tells you to brine the turkey but gives you no instructions on how to do that! This book thankfully does (and really good instructions as well).
So I'm definitely a big fan of this book. The two criticisms that I have of this book is that I wish there were more pictures (detailing both the preparation steps as well as the finished products), and I wish there were more recipes. Since the number of recipes are limited, really the value of this book, imo, is that it is a noob-friendly book on cooking on a pellet smoker. Then once you get the hang of it and have done some of the recipes in this book, it will be time to move on to the other books that have more and fancier recipes. -- GameMaker