Barbeque is both a food and a pastime, and in the hands of the Kansas City Barbeque Society, it is also the source of the most ingeniously named recipes that can be found anywhere. The creative titles are a tribute to the joy of barbecuing, of discovering one's own special recipe, of eating one of the most popular foods since fire was discovered. The Kansas City Barbeque Society Cookbook is both a celebration of the 25th anniversary of the society and of the amazing recipes that have been developed by dedicated barbequers. "25 Years and Still Smokin'!" they announce proudly. Lest a reader despair of not living in Kansas City, this is an international organization. "Our mission is to celebrate, teach, preserve, and promote barbeque as a culinary technique, sport and art form. We want barbeque to be recognized as America's Cuisine."
As a sport, barbeque contests abound across the US; as a pastime, standing at the grill or barbeque pit may be the most comfortable way to bond with others. As a food, barbeque is casual, encouraging pure enjoyment, the zesty act of digging in without worrying about formality or rules.
After a short introduction about contests and the food groups represented, the book is divided into the following all-inclusive chapters:
Anything Butt (a play on the word 'but' meaning all meats, even venison, elk, as well as seafood)
Seasonings, Marinades, Brines, Rubs, Bastes, Pastes, and Sauces
Barbecuing and Grilling Terms, A to Z
Barbeque Tips from the KCBS
Basic Barbeque Contest Fear: The Bare Essentials to Take to the Contests (yes, you will want to enter that great sauce or rub)
Among the imaginatively named recipes, you'll find such mouthwatering barbeque delights as Diva Q East Meets West Pork Loin; Redneck Mother Chicken Livers with Bacon, Spicy Cheese, Grits, and Crispy Onion Rings; Smoked Yum-Yum Duck; Adam's Ribbers' Spicy Barbeque Sauce;
Corny Cheese Chile Pepper Biscuits; Grilled Greek-Style Veggies;
Big Billy's Very Cherry Dr. Pepper barbeque Sauce; Crawlin' Cajun BBQ Rub; Rick Browne's Brown Bag Apple Pie;Chop Suey Cake.
The Kansas City Barbeque Society Cookbook is an ebullient work, one that will be used all summer long and for summer's to come.