From a detailed examination of the origin of the very word “barbecue” to a complete list of all the grand prize winners of the Jack Daniel’s World Championship Barbecue Cookoff, 1989-2012, barbecue expert and author George Hensler has assembled an awesome book of facts, speculation, opinions, trivia, history, legend, lore, techniques, dos, don’ts, and burnt ends all about the most important cooking style on the planet: smoking meat.
But Totally Q is not a cookbook, despite the recipe for I Like Ike’s BBQ Sauce, by the former president! In chapters like Politics and Barbecue, Cookers and the Fuels That Love Them, ‘Cue on the Screen and Tube, George tackles everything known about the subject in his own unique, humorous style that doesn’t take himself or anything about barbecue too seriously.
Did You Know…
–One of the first rotisseries was moved ’round and ’round by a Turnspit Dog?
–Barbecue-flavored ice cream was invented in Delaware?
–That Harry Truman once said, “No man should be allowed to be president who does not understand hogs?”
–Rocky Mountain Oysters are not seafood?
–That there is actually a Hamburger Museum in Daytona Beach, Florida?
–That some intelligent ‘cuers are called Eggheads?
–That butchered hippo fossils are evidence of a barbecue 160,000 years ago?
–If a culture develops barbecue too early, lesser inventions like writing and the wheel go ignored? Or so says Brendan McGinley.
All of this and much more from the totally smoked brain of George Hensler is available from Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com, and wholesale from Ingram Distribution. Totally Q, trade paperback, $16.99, from Foodways Editions, an imprint of Sunbelt Media, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
About the Author
George Hensler is the founder and pit master for the competition BBQ team Who Are Those Guys? Based in Street, Maryland. They have been cooking on the KCBS circuit since 2007. George is currently a monthly columnist for the KCBS Bullsheet and the National Barbecue News. He is also the author of Startin’ the Fire, a complete “how to” book covering how to start up your own competition barbecue team.