Serious Barbecue, Smoke, Char, Baste, and Brush Your Way to Great Outdoor Cooking, is the first book by APL.
APL asserts that the two fundamentals of pure barbecue are the quality of the meat you select and the layers of flavor you build into it. Serious Barbecue’s chapters on Pork, Beef and Veal, Lamb, and Chicken and Turkey begin by describing what makes each kind of meat special and how to select it from the butcher’s case. Then he shares the best recipe for showing each cut to its greatest advantage.
Throughout the book, he demonstrates how to build flavor through layers of seasoning blends and glazes and basting butters and sauces at strategic times during the cooking process. Even after he removes the meat from the heat, he paints his cutting board with glazes so that each piece picks up a new burst of flavor as he slices it. Serious Barbecue is packed with straightforward, original recipes that include step-by-step seasoning instructions, readily available ingredients, and gorgeous color photographs.