Southern Living Big Book of BBQ ($7.99) by Time Home Entertainment Inc. is the digital version of the 2010 book by the same name. With over 100 recipes, a detailed how-to barbecue guide and a plethora of tips from Pitmaster, Troy Black, this big book will make you the barbecue expert of summer parties this year.
Did you know that there is a difference between grilling and barbecuing? Grilling is achieved quickly with a very hot temperature, while barbecuing is a slow, low heat process. That is the first thing you learn in The Big Book of BBQ. You also learn how to turn your traditional grill into a smoker, the difference between direct and indirect grilling, and variations on woods for smoking.
Once you have the knowledge you need to cook the perfect meat, you can move on to the mouth-watering recipes that await you. There are slow cooked meats, speed barbecuing, marinades and rubs, and complementary side dishes. What barbecue is complete without a sweet treat to finish the night? That’s right, there are even dessert recipes like chocolate marble sheet cake and peach rhubarb crisp. Yes, there is even a recipe for grilled pound cake.
The last chapter of this book is the step-by-step video and audio, tips and tools of the trade section. Included are video clips of Troy Black describing how to choose you meats and how to shred your pork for your pulled pork recipe, among other things. There are also tips about applying sauces, cooking burger patties and other helpful hints for perfect meat. The Tools of the Trade section helps the outdoor cooker in you get organized by telling you what you’ll need for your barbecue arsenal.
The user interface is smooth and easy to understand. It works like many digital book formats. Tap the bottom of the page to bring up the features. Choose the table of contents, the cover or the page viewer. The page viewer lets you look at all pages of the book at once along the bottom so that you can skip to a different section that catches your eye easily. There is a direct link to Southern Living’s website where you can find more recipes and learn about southern living in general.
Overall, this digital recreation of the best-selling book by the same name is the perfect way to get ready for a summer of deliciously barbecued meats. At only $7.99 it is half the price of the paper version, and it comes with lots of video extras. There is no reason a barbecue fan should not have this app on their iPad.