Mmmm-mmmm! Bob Garner’s Book of Barbecue

Summer is just around the corner–the perfect time for a pig pickin’! Whether you’re ready to pull out the pig cooker or you’d rather stop by your favorite restaurant, you need to check out the brand new Bob Garner’s Book of Barbecue: North Carolina’s Favorite Food, available wherever books are sold.

After nearly 20 years, two books, and innumerable television and magazine features on barbecue traditions and recipes, Bob Garner has established himself as the authoritative voice on North Carolina’s favorite food. The accomplished pit master has cooked with chefs Paula Deen and Bobby Flay. He has appeared on the Travel Channel’s Road Trip and ABC’s Good Morning America. He has been a featured speaker at the annual Big Apple Barbecue Block Party in New York and the Southern Foodway Alliance’s annual symposium in Oxford, Miss. Now, Garner is at it again, this time setting the record straight on history, traditions, and recipes related to the Tar Heel state’s favorite food.

“Young people are surprisingly fond of barbecue and of holding onto the tradition,” says Garner. He plans on helping them do just that with his latest book.

Bob Garner’s Book of Barbecue: North Carolina’s Favorite Food preserves the heritage and tradition of a disappearing rural lifestyle while showing how barbecue continues to evolve. The 101 profiles of Garner’s favorite N.C. barbecue restaurants make this a necessary guidebook for any traveler with a taste for pork in the Old North State. But Bob Garner’s Book of Barbecue is more than a guidebook; it is also packed full of barbecue history and culture, engaging anecdotes about Bob’s experiences as “the Barbecue Man,” recipes for barbecue and popular side dishes, and profiles of past and present influential pit masters and barbecue aficionados. This tome is the definitive guide to anything and everything pertaining to North Carolina’s favorite food and its history and tradition.

Bob kicked off his North Carolina book tour this week with a launch party at The Pit in Raleigh, where he serves as Minister of Barbecue Culture. Be sure to stop by when he visits your city–he just might bring some barbecue sliders from the restaurant!

If you can’t wait to get your hands on the book, feel free to try out these recipes, excerpted for the Durham Herald-Sun.

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