Dear Dr. BBQ,
We go to competitions all the time but the one thing we have learned is that you can buy and read books till you blue in the face the people who write the books always leave out the secret thing what ever it may be. Do you know of any books where we can get the whole recipe? I’ve been told by another well known BBQ celebrity like yourself that he will take anyone’s sauce and his rub and win every time! Do you feel that it’s all in the rub or the sauce or both?
Billy, Lost in BBQ
I can tell you that in my books if you see a recipe that’s touted as one of my competition recipes it’s genuine and all there. I can’t speak for anyone else. I think you need to give up on the idea that there’s a secret ingredient that we won’t tell you. There isn’t. The best cooks I know are fanatical about all the little things. I will try to do every step perfectly and if you don’t you’ll be behind all day every day. I think rub, sauce, cooking temp, taking the meat off at the right time and the right degree of smokiness are all equally important. I’ve heard that challenge too, but I’ve never seen the guy back it up. Talk is cheap.