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Unread 01-19-2007, 05:30 PM   #1
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I was wondering what everyone's opinion was of this guys work. I've found quite a few good recipes out of his books myself.
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I don't have any of Stephen's books, yet, so I can't really speak of his recipes. Once I find him on my local PBS channel, they drop his show after 2 or 3 weeks of watching it.

What kills me though, if you go over to his BBQ board, those people think that he is a God.
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His recipes are really good - especially the rubs and sauces. Got a few books. Also, enjoyable to read, too.

His show BBQ U is informative and enjoyable. Has smokers running in the background on every show but rarely puts the in the show. Talks about smoking on grills - wood, lump, charcoals and gas.
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I want his Grill-Cam

He's okay.

He uses barbecue and grilling almost interchangably, but I don't have a problem with that.

I think its neat how he cracks out the 54" kettle to smoke a brisket in 3 hours. He's pretty creative to, and he's left handed, so whats not to like?
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I think it's bad that people will knock him more for the differences than the similiarities...Yes.. he grills, but he cooks with charcoal and wood.... Is that such a bad thing ? I only saw his show once, but his BBQ books have probably been as good of a starting point for many to learn about real BBQ and smoking than a lot else.

I've been given both of his books as gifts.. For a beginner, they are quite informative and for an itermediate or advanced level cook there's always a thing or two to adapt and experiment with...

It's not like he's cooking on an FEC
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He's pretty creative to, and he's left handed, so whats not to like?
He wears those beady little glasses!
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I think it's bad that people will knock him more for the differences than the similiarities...Yes.. he grills, but he cooks with charcoal and wood.... Is that such a bad thing ? I only saw his show once, but his BBQ books have probably been as good of a starting point for many to learn about real BBQ and smoking than a lot else.

I've been given both of his books as gifts.. For a beginner, they are quite informative and for an itermediate or advanced level cook there's always a thing or two to adapt and experiment with...

It's not like he's cooking on an FEC
I have to agree here, I think he has a broader knowledge base than we give him credit for. Just 'cause he does make a living as a grilling guy and he does write books with a beginner in mind, doesn't mean he has no idea of the theory of barbecue. That being said, last year he bought a BDS from Rocky and has used it along with other cookers in his class. I had to chuckle at this entry from his blog talking about the weed burner he got for the BDS. He is shown using it on spit grilled pineapple....

http://www.barbecuebible.com/blog/20...tool_depar.php

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He wears those beady little glasses!
I wonder if he wears loafers with those little tassles?
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I have a couple of his books. How to Grill and Sauces,Slathers & Rubs. They are both pretty good. there are some good recipies in both.
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I was given BBQ USA for a gift recently and last week on the spur of the moment did Beef ribs using the recipe from Blue Smoke in NYC. They turned out great. I kind of like this book because he spotlights pitmasters and Q joints around the country. I'd watch his show if it was on in my area. I visit the site also, and people have been very generous with mods and tips on the various pits I,ve been working on.

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I wonder if he wears loafers with those little tassles?
Hey now. I had a pair of those in the slipper model (moccasins) and used them to go out and check the cookers in the wee hours. Farkin dog ate them though so we can poke fun now.
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I've got a couple of his books, "BBQ USA" and "How to Grill" and I have used quite a few of the recipes from them. I enjoy his show as well. When it comes to his BBQ recipes, I *always* find myself adjusting the temperatures down and the cooking times up.

Overall, he's responsible for getting a lot of people interested in grilling and BBQ and that's a good thing.
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he can sure grill just about anything you can think of. seems like I've seen him bake a desert on a grill.
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Steve is into grilling with working knowledge of smoking, he has stated as much. If I had worked out a place in the market and was making the kind of cash he is I might keep grilling for the most part on the show.
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I recieved the BBQ Bible as a gift a couple years ago.....I would agree he's a grilling guy, but hey, I love anything grilled!! I especially like the stuff he does on Middle eastern and African flavors. I love to take some of his basic stuff and just make it my own.
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I like his books. I don't watch TV so I've never seen the show. Books like his make for great reference books and for sparking new ideas. I have the Bible, USA, and the rub/sauce one.
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