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Peace, Love, and Barbecue

by Chris Sadler - 1001Recipes2Send.com

Whether you spell it BBQ, Barbecue, Barbeque, Bar-B-Q or any way
everyone has one, the barbecue addict. Each year they peer
earnestly out of the window during the rainy spring waiting for
the moment they can bring out the barbecue and begin again for
the summer (that is assuming they don't have a carport or big
umbrella to cook under during all weather and that they actually
did put the barbecue equipment away for the winter).

For the enthusiast in your family, this book is the perfect gift
(especially if that person is you). From the beginning Peace,
Love, and Barbecue is jam-packed with stories about the people
whose recipes are featured in the book. You get detailed
behind-the-scenes information about contests in which Mike Mills
(a Grand World Champion and the only person to win three Grand
World Champion titles at the Memphis in May International
Barbecue Festival) has participated. The tips and anecdotes
sprinkled around will help even champion level barbecuers.

The cookbook begins with Definitions of a secret, tall tale and
an outright lie. ("Just so we know we're all talking about the
same thing") and then continues with eight chapters: Barbecue =
Food + Family + Love; Can You Keep a Secret?; Living Legends;
Shrines, Shacks, Joints, and Right Respectable Restaurants;
What's a Little Friendly Competition among Friends?; Barbecue
Goes Uptown and Upscale; Barbecue Police and Evangelists; Playing
with Fire: A Few Things You Need to Get Yourself Started.
Finished up with an extensive Resources list and Recipe Index,
Peace, Love, and Barbecue is THE backyard chef's must have
cooking tool.

Try this fresh and fruity cobbler at the height of strawberry
season:
 
Blue Smoke Strawberry-Rhubarb Cobbler

Most barbecue restaurants don't have an official pastry chef, but
Blue Smoke has the talented Jen Giblin. I spent a lot of time in
her area of the kitchen during my extended stay in New York. She
needed my help to taste-test just about everything she made.
Believe me, I was happy to oblige. 

BISCUIT TOPPING 
3 cups all-purpose flour      
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
3 tablespoons granulated sugar, plus additional for sprinkling
1 teaspoon ground ginger 
3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, finely ground   
12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) butter  
1 1/2 cups heavy cream, plus additional for brushing 

FRUIT MIXTURE 
1 pound strawberries, sliced
1 pound rhubarb, chopped
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 vanilla bean 
1 tablespoon cornstarch 
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

FOR SERVING 
Vanilla or buttermilk ice cream 

Make the biscuit topping: Mix together the flour, brown sugar, 3
tablespoons granulated sugar, ginger, baking powder, and salt in
a large bowl. Cut the butter into small pieces and rub into the
flour mixture until it resembles coarse meal. Add about 1 1/2
cups heavy cream and mix until it forms a dough (you might not
need all the cream). Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill for
at least 1 hour. 

Make the fruit mixture: Combine the strawberries, rhubarb,
granulated sugar, and vanilla bean in a large bowl. Let stand for
1 hour. Remove the vanilla bean and pour off half of the liquid,
then stir in the cornstarch and vanilla extract. Pour the fruit
into a 13 x 9-inch baking dish. 

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. 

Roll the dough out on a floured surface to 1/4 inch thick and cut
into circles or any desired shape. Place the dough on the fruit
mixture without overlapping any pieces. Brush the top of the
dough with heavy cream and sprinkle with granulated sugar. Bake
the cobbler for about 25 minutes or until the dough is golden
brown and the fruit is bubbling in the center. 

Serve warm with ice cream. 

SERVES 6 TO 8 

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