Real Barbecue

The Classic Barbecue Guide to the Best Joints Across the USA --- with Recipes, Porklore, and More!

Book Description

Two decades after barbecue kingpins Vince Staten and Greg Johnson published their ode to the top 100 barbecue joints around the United States, they have logged thousands more miles—and at least as many rib racks—in their quest to monitor, taste, and even create the very best. Part travel guide, part recipe book, REAL BARBECUE is really a celebration of a way of life, peppered with such sage advice as, “A man that won't sleep with his meat don't care about his barbecue” (Early Scott). This update of the classic has a completely new design with photos, trivia, detailed locations of great eating joints coast to coast, sidebars about sauces and sides, columns about cook pits and shack architecture, sections devoted to Texas ribs, Cowboy-que, lowcountry pulled pig, California-que-zeen, and real-man reviews of rib joints such as Allen & Sons in Pittsboro and Vince Staten's Old Time Barbecue in Prospect (he put his money where his mouth is). Secret recipes and mail-order finds are also included. This is your guide to the best barbecue across America, often identified only by a thick black column of smoke in the distance.


A syndicated columnist and author of ten books, including Kentucky Curiosities(Globe Pequot Press), Vince Staten has appeared on such media as "Late Night with David Letterman," "Dateline NBC," "Today on NBC," and NPR's "Morning Edition." His varied career encompasses writing, lecturing, teaching, and co-owning Vince Staten's Old Time Barbecue in downtown Prospect, Kentucky. Greg Johnson is the Features Editor for The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Kentucky.

"This book is to barbecue what Rand-McNally is to maps."—Playboy magazine

"What Masters and Johnson did for sex, Staten and Johnson do for barbecue."—Willard Scott

"This is a helluva readable book...There's as much flavor in the writing as in the Rev. Noble Harris' sauce at House of Prayer Bar-B-Que in Fort Lauderdale...Toss this on the dash and hit the road."—Gannett News Service

About

A syndicated columnist and author of ten books, including Kentucky Curiosities(Globe Pequot Press), Vince Staten has appeared on such media as "Late Night with David Letterman," "Dateline NBC," "Today on NBC," and NPR's "Morning Edition." His varied career encompasses writing, lecturing, teaching, and co-owning Vince Staten's Old Time Barbecue in downtown Prospect, Kentucky.

HOW TO TELL GREG JOHNSON FROM VINCE STATEN
Greg has a day job: Features Editor at The Courier-Journal newspaper in Louisville, Ky.
Vince is the queen: He was voted homecoming queen at the University of Tennessee in a still-controversial election.
Greg has the beard: In fact, hair on the head of any sort probably is good evidence you're not talking to Vince.
Cholesterol: Greg's is actually going down. Vince did the eating for this latest edition; Greg updated information by phone.
Greg has a daughter in a private college: Julie, at Boston University. Tuition is increasing; please consider buying two copies of this book.
Vince actually opened a restaurant: Vince Staten's Old-Time Barbecue, in Louisville, Ky.
Greg actually was a restaurant critic: For The Louisville Times. He never officially critiqued Vince's restaurant. But he loves it.
Greg is a closet Yankee: He was born in Chicago and grew up in Indianapolis. (Please don't tell the pitman at the Old Hickory.)
Vince has written a bunch of books. Greg has read those books.
Land speed record: Greg's is 140 mph, indicated, in a Plymouth Barracuda. That's another story.
Greg knows better than to submit any list without mentioning his wife of 34 years: There you go, Susie.
Greg has won journalism awards: But wouldn't you rather read about barbecue?