[FTC Standard Disclosure] Chris and I traded copies of our books, so while I didn't pay for this book, I exchanged something of equal value, so I would not consider this a sponsored post.
If a new BBQ or grilling cookbook has a few of my personal favorite types of recipes, then I'm making those first.
Playing The Hits
Cooking the favorites makes sense for a couple of reasons. First, I have already tried them often and have a wide range of experiences for comparison's sake. Second, I like to see new spins on old favorites. Third, favorites are favorites for a reason; I want to eat them!
In no particular order, some of my favorite recipes to find in grilling cookbooks are:
- Any kind of chicken with Alabama white sauce
- Steak with compound butter
The Four Fundamentals of Smoking
So when I got my hands on Chris Sussman's (The BBQ Buddha) first book, The Four Fundamentals of Smoking, it should be no surprise that one of the first recipes I cooked was his Smoked Spatchcocked Chicken with Spicy Alabama White Sauce.
The Grill Set-Up
|Cruising to delicousness at 250°f.
|I like the new bands since I installed them earlier this Spring. I'm tempted to get the newer style of vent cap instead of my old school Dual Function Metal Top but "if it ain't broke......".
Next, I seasoned it.
|Chris said to use your favorite bird seasoning. He used Dizzy Pig Wonder Bird. I didn't have that, so I used Meat Church's The Gospel since it's a good all-purpose rub.
|Then lay that chicky down and finish the seasoning. No gaps in seasoning this way.
The cook was simple and uneventful. Smoke to 150°f, apply the sauce and finish to 165°f.
|Drizzle drizzle. When I use white sauce, I don't brush it on like a sweet BBQ sauce. Rather I drizzle all over it and let gravity do the work.
|Back in until it hits 165°f.
|As you can see, the sauce is not exactly white, it has a pinkish tint to it before it cooks onto the bird. It is reminiscent of Lane's Sorta White, which we like a whole lot.
|B-b-bird bird bird, b-bird is the word!
Excellent recipe, Chris and you put together a winner with The Four Fundamentals of Smoking.