Book Review: The Kamado Smoker & Grill Cookbook
July 24, 2014
This summer has been filled with the release of several wonderful barbecue and grilling cookbooks and the latest one, The Kamado Smoker & Grill Cookbook from ceramic cooker master and Grilling.com VIP blogger Chris Grove.
Described as the first all-encompassing guide to the wildly popular egg-shaped ceramic cooker that’s blowing up the world of barbecue, Chris’ book provides a ton of recipes and techniques designed to really take your outdoor cooking skills to a new level.
And while it is geared towards owners of ceramic cookers, the bulk of the information contained within the book can really be applied to any type of smoker or grill.
In addition to offering techniques that go beyond direct grate grilling like cast iron baking, salt block grilling, and grilling on coals, Chris really showcases his cooking skills with such concepts as hot tubbing (aka poor man’s sous vide in which food is seasoned, sealed in a bag, then place in a temperature controlled water bath for a few hours to promote juiciness and tenderness before finishing it on the grill); wok-top “broiling” (using a wok lid to create high heat above a dish so that it asks as a broiler); and cold smoking (smoking food such as cheese at a very low temperature).
But my favorite technique by far was Chris’ use of a foil covered Bundt pan to steam food like his recipe for beer steamed snow crab and potatoes. By using the Bundt pan, his method allows smoke from the Kamado to enter the pan through the center hole while the foil holds in the steam. Simply brilliant!
As for recipes, Chris knocks it out of the park with such dishes as Turbo Brisket (aka hot-and-fast brisket cooked at 300 degrees versus the traditional 225-250); agave glazed and smoked turkey breast (yes, turkey can be cooked outside of Thanksgiving!); cherry cheese Danish cobbler; and babyback ribs with bootlegger BBQ sauce.
And the best part about the book? The majority of the mouth watering photos included within were taken by the man himself who’s photography on his blog NibbleMeThis.com has kept me coming back for more year after year.
So whether you own a ceramic cooker, are considering the purchase of one, or simply want to step up your grilling game, definitely run out and grab your copy of The Kamado Smoker & Grill Cookbook. Also stay tuned to Grilling.com as we’ll be featuring a recipe or two from the book over the next couple of weeks.
- Clint Cantwell, Grilling.com Editor