Rodney Scott’s World of BBQ: Every Day Is a Good Day

Clarkson Potter. Mar. 2021. 224p. ISBN 9781984826930. $29.99. COOKING
Pitmaster Scott is a star in the world of BBQ. The James Beard Award–winning chef and co-owner of Rodney Scott’s BBQ in Charleston, SC, drew crowds to his restaurants long before his appearance on Chef’s Table: BBQ. This debut, cowritten by journalist Elie, is a labor of love, just like his cooking. Here, he tells how his family of farmers and storekeepers ventured into barbeque in order to make a living. From watching his uncle become a pitmaster to becoming one himself to unexpected success after being featured in the New York Times in 2009, Scott is endearing throughout. In addition to tips on cooking the whole hog, he shares insight into signature dishes such as chicken perloo and corn bread with honey and butter. While he offers advice on making a pit, plenty of recipes can be made on a grill. Seasonings such as rib rub are a highlight of the work, and Scott is not shy about using MSG, which he affectionately refers to as Jesus’s Tears.
VERDICT With humor and candor, Scott brings readers into his home and invites them to stay a while. A standout collection for fans of BBQ.
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