BBQ Joints: Stories and Secret Recipes form the Barbeque Belt Print

by David Gelin

BBQ Joints takes you on a guided tour of classic joints in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri, Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina. But, this book isn't about the joints. It's about the colorful characters who run them. Meet the personalities behind the pits. Hear their family stories. Share their secret recipes.

BBQ Joints is not only a travel guide, it is a how-to on barbecue, filled with recipes as well as instruction on building a BBQ pit of your very own.

Sample recipe:

Woody's Barbecued Rice

From William "Woody" Wood, pitmaster at Woody's Bar-B-Que in Waldenburg, AR

Grand Prize Winner: Riceland Rice Cookoff
First Place: Arkansas Rice Festival

2 cups rice, uncooked
4 cups chicken broth
1 clove garlic, minced
1 green bell pepper, diced
1 (14.5-ounce) can tomatoes and green chiles
8 green onions, thinly sliced
2 Tablespoons Bar-B-Q dry rub (preferably Woody's)

Combine ingredients in an aluminum drip pan and seal tightly with foil. Place on enter rack and cook at 350 degrees until rice is done and liquid is absorbed (about 40 minutes). [All ingredients may be mixed together and cooked in rice cooker or on stovetop over medium heat.] Fluff and let set 5 minutes before serving.