Michael Symon Playing With Fire Cookbook – Review

May 13, 2019

Michael Symon Playing with Fire: BBQ and More from the Grill, Smoker, and Fireplace

The summer is almost here so we are back with another Barbecue Cookbook! Michael Symon Playing with Fire is the newest cookbook from the Cohost of The Chew and celebrated Iron Chef and restaurateur Michael Symon. This is his return to a favorite subject, meat, with his first cookbook focused on barbecue and live-fire grilling, with recipes inspired by his newest restaurant, Mabel’s BBQ, in his hometown of Cleveland.

In preparing to open his barbecue restaurant, Mabel’s BBQ, Michael Symon enthusiastically sampled smoked meat from across America. The 72 finger-licking, lip-smacking recipes here draw inspiration from his favorites. Including dry ribs from Memphis, wet ribs from Nashville, brisket from Texas, pork steak from St. Louis, and burnt ends from Kansas City. In this cookbook, Michael offers expert guidance on working with different styles of grills and smokers, choosing aromatic woods for smoking. Cooking various cuts of meat, and successfully pairing proteins with rubs, sauces, and sides. If you are looking for a new guide to Classic American Barbecue with the volume turned to high, look no further.

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Michael Symon’s Playing with Fire: BBQ and More from the Grill, Smoker, and Fireplace

A Barbecue Enthusiast

Michael Symon is a renowned chef in the world of grilling and smoked meats. In this new cookbook, Michael Symon Playing With Fire, he combines a lifetime of barbecue obsession with his experience to improve and inspire your home smoking. Like a proper Barbecue Cookbook, this one, not only includes mouthwatering recipes but it also includes sections on smoking techniques, equipment, and profiles of pitmasters from every region of the United States.

Symon covers everything from salads, striped bass, lamb souvlaki and a lot more. The serving sizes of the recipes are huge, and most of them are aimed for a crowd. But what is a barbecue without a bunch of food family and friends? Size apart, the recipes are not too complicated and the ingredients should be very easy to find. We already had the opportunity to try some of these recipes and they are simply incredible. You really need to try grilled pork tenderloin with mustard and the smoked prime rib. These recipes will rock your world!

In this book not all the recipes are incredible, the photographs are superb! Of all the books we’ve reviewed this is probably one of the ones that have the most mouthwatering photos.to try

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Wood-Roasted Chicken

Final thoughts About Michael Symon Playing With Fire Cookbook

Like all Barbecue Cookbooks, this is not for the average home cook, to really appreciate a book like this you have to be dedicated to grilling and smoking. But if you are a real fan of barbecue like us, Michael Symon playing with fire, should a reserved space on your cookbook collection.


Michael Symon Playing With Fire is one of the best barbecue cookbooks that we have ever had the opportunity to review. A must-have cookbook for any barbecue enthusiast!









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