Review | Southern Smoke

Southern Smoke: Barbecue, Traditions, and Treasured Recipes Reimagined for Today by Matthew Register

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Southern Smoke begins by giving readers a brief introduction to the basics of barbecue: from selecting a grill or smoker, the type of fuel you’ll use, and a brief guide to the most common woods used for smoking to how to set up your grill and get smoking! There’s also some handy lists of useful items, guidelines, and tips and tricks.

From there, the recipes are divided into chapters: North Carolina, The Low Country, Memphis and the Delta, and The Southern Bakery. Each chapter shares dishes and traditions from that region with clear and easy to follow instructions.

There are several classic Southern staple recipes for buttermilk fried chicken, fried skillet cornbread, mac and cheese, low country boil, and Brunswick stew included throughout as well as plenty of fried or pickled foods. I liked the small collection of supper menus at the end of the book included for inspiration.
There are recipes for smoked Boston butt, ribs, tenderloin, chicken quarters, turkey, and shrimp to fire up your smoker.

I gauge a cookbook by the end result so I’ve used this Memorial Day weekend to test some of the recipes and can safely say the Memphis dry-rub ribs and chocolate chess pie with pecans are both incredible!

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I’m looking forward to making the okra fries with comeback sauce this summer and have enough strawberries left to make the sweet buttermilk biscuits with strawberries. I’m also excited to try collard chowder, fried catfish with dill pickle aioli, and James Island Shrimp Pie.

Overall, I love the layout and design of this book: from the helpful information shared in the introduction to the recipes divided into chapters with ingredients that are fairly accessible in most grocery stores and instructions that are easy to follow.

Thanks to Quarto Publishing Group – Harvard Common Press and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review. Southern Smoke: Barbecue, Traditions, and Treasured Recipes Reimagined for Today was released on May 7, 2019.

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