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Cookbook Reviews

Rodney Scott’s World Of BBQ

Cookbook by: Rodney Scott & Lolis Eric Elie

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“I like spreading the joy and sharing the love, and barbecue is my means of doing it,” Rodney Scott. 

When I saw that Rodney Scott’s World of BBQ cookbook was being released I immediately knew I wanted it. I live in an apartment and only have a communal gas grill so I ordered it in time to have it for my vacation to my parents house in Florida. They have a charcoal grill that is actually older than me!

Rodney Scott’s World of BBQ doesn’t just teach you how to BBQ it also tells all about his life. I started reading it one night and I couldn’t put it down. In just a few pages I learned so much about Rodney’s life and what type of person he is that I felt like I had known him all of my life. I hope that I get a chance soon to eat at one of his restaurants – in the meantime I will be making more goodies from this great cookbook.  

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Rib Rub

The rib rub recipe was very easy to follow. I had all the ingredients in my pantry except the MSG and that I order for a few dollars from Amazon, you can get it here*. Since I was going to be in Florida at my parents house and have access to their grill I decided to make the rib rub and ribs down there. My Mom has a much smaller spice collection than me but she still had everything that I needed, except the MSG. 

I loved the flavor that the rib rub created on the ribs. It would be so good on so many different meats and even great on vegetables. There was so much rib rub left you can use it for a while to make a ton of different dishes. 

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Rodney's Spare Ribs

I have made ribs before in the oven but never on the grill. The recipe is easy to follow but it does take a few hours to make these ribs. First you have to make the rib rub to put on the ribs and then you make the sauce to put on the ribs when you flip them. 

I don’t have a grill so I am not as comfortable grilling as some people. My Dad was a great help in making these ribs. We used a chimney to start the coals and then poured them into the BBQ grill. The grill we used was actually my Grandfather’s grill and it is older than I am. 

Once we had the temperature correct we put the ribs on. We did keep having to close or open the front door to keep the grill at the correct temperature. Will the ribs were cooking I made the sauce. After the sauce was ready it had a very strong smell of vinegar and I was scared to put it on the ribs, but I went ahead and put it on the ribs anyways. 

When the ribs were finished cooking we were all excited to dig in. The taste was so delicious and the ribs didn’t taste of vinegar at all. I loved how tender and flavorful they were. We heated them up a few days later and they were just as delicious. 

Cookbook Ratings: Recipe directions easy to follow: yes, Ingredients easy to find: yes, Specialty ingredients needed: no, Specialty equipment needed: no, Accurate time estimates: yes, Best for home chef skill level: novice, Taste/flavor: spicy, Family friendly: yes, specialty diet: no, How many recipes are unique: most, overall cookbook rating: love it

I was very pleased with Rodney Scott’s World of BBQ cookbook. I did have plans to make the apple hand pies, however, my cookbook was destroyed in the apartment fire. Anyone who wants to have a great BBQ cookbook with a wide variety of sides should immediately pick this up. 

I have a whole list of recipes that I still want to try from Rodney Scott’s World of BBQ. All of the sides looked so delicious that even just reading the book I got hungry! Let me know what you make first.

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