Rodney Scott's World of BBQ Cookbook Review

Rodney Scott's World of BBQ Cookbook Review
By The Cooking World, Editorial Staff
April 19, 2021

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

With the days getting warmer it's time to return with our series of barbecue cookbooks. Today we bring you the first cookbook by a Black pitmaster, James Beard Award–winning chef Rodney Scott celebrates an incredible culinary legacy through his life story, family traditions, and unmatched dedication to his craft.

Rodney Scott was born with barbecue in his blood. He cooked his first Whole Hog, a specialty of South Carolina barbecue, when he was just eleven years old. At the time, he was cooking at Scott's Bar-B-Q, his family's barbecue spot in Hemingway, South Carolina. Now, four decades later, he owns one of the country's most awarded and talked-about barbecue joints, Rodney Scott's Whole Hog BBQ in Charleston.

Rodney Scott's World of BBQ Cookbook

A Life Around Hogs

In Rodney Scott's World of BBQ Cookbook, co-written by award-winning writer Lolis Eric Elie, Rodney spills what makes his pit-smoked turkey, Barbecued Spare Ribs, Smoked Chicken Wings, Hush Puppies, Ella's Banana Puddin', and award-winning Whole Hog so special. With an introductory chapter that takes up more than 60 pages, you'll get to know Rodney's life story, and how his hard work and optimism have allowed him to build one of the best and most respectful barbecue legacies in the world.

In this modern American success story, Rodney details how he made his way from the small town where he worked for his father in the tobacco fields and in the smokehouse, to the sacrifices he made to grow his family's business, and the tough decisions he made to venture out on his own in Charleston.

After a must-read introduction for all Rodney's fans and barbecue lovers, you will find a chapter about Rodney's cooking style. Here you'll get to know the woods we use to cook, how he starts a fire, and how he cooks his famous Whole Hog. Besides all this, you'll learn how you can build your own Pit or Burn Barrel.

Rodney Scott's World of BBQ Cookbook
Smoked Chicken

Recipes that Spread Love

Rodney Scott's World of BBQ Cookbook it's all about spreading joy and sharing the love through great barbecue. We all know that perfect barbecue isn't something easy to do, but let's be honest, It is hard to find a more entertaining and flavorful style of cooking than this.

Inside this book, you'll find plenty of delicious recipes ranging from barbecue classics like Whole Hog or Smoked Prime Rib to southern staples like Fried Chicken or Fried Cat Fish. Rodney also filled this book with mouth-watering side dishes like Rodney's Reluctant Collard Greens, Macaroni and Cheese, or Corn Bread with Honey Butter. As if a delicious set of barbecue and side dishes recipes wasn't enough to make a great barbecue cookbook, you'll still find recipes for people who have a sweet tooth, or for those who can't live without a good drink.

Most of the recipes are relatively easy to do and can be done whether you're a barbecue pro or a novice. Although we consider the recipes accessible, don't forget that Barbecue is an art, so you'll need a little practice and patience before you can make your first perfect Whole Hog. But if you follow the recipes in this book, and the steps and advice that Rodney shares throughout this book, you'll be able to make incredible barbecue in your backyard.

Rodney Scott's World of BBQ Cookbook
Hog Seasoning

Final Thoughts

Rodney Scott's World of BBQ it's all about the recipes and techniques from one of the best pitmasters in the world. From the ins and outs of building your own pit to poignant essays on South Carolinian foodways and traditions, this cookbook is the new barbecue reference on the market.


Rodney Scott's World of BBQ is an uplifting story that speaks to how hope, hard work, and a whole lot of optimism built a rich celebration of his heritage - and of unforgettable barbecue.









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