From Memphis to Texas, Alabama to the Carolinas, every region in America thinks its style of barbecue is best. And while they may not agree on spices, smokes, or sauces, one thing's for sure: They all believe that barbecue is a quintessentially American cuisine.
In fact, they couldn't be more wrong. Barbecue is, as this week's Cook the Book author Rick Browne states, "a universal language" that spans six continents and more than 20 countries.
For his latest cookbook, The Best Barbecue on Earth, Browne (the creator, executive producer, and host of the popular public television program Barbecue America) traveled the globe interviewing, photographing, cooking, and—most important—tasting the world's most flavorful recipes for grills, pits, and smokers. The result? The ultimate compendium on outdoor cooking, a book that brings the entire world into your backyard and onto your dinner plate.
Browne began in Argentina with Beef Empanadas and concluded in Uruguay with grilled Chocolate Bread with Dulche de Leche Frosting. Along the way, he made "pit" stops (pun intended) in Canada, Jamaica, Hong Kong, Scotland, and Brazil, to name just a few countries. The recipes he collected on his travels range from familiar favorites like Beer Butt Chicken and Beef Satay to exotic dishes such as Korean Bulgogi (thinly sliced marinated beef, quickly grilled and served wrapped in a shiso leaf and topped with hot sauce).
Win 'The Best Barbeque on Earth'
In addition to excerpting a recipe each day this week, we're also giving away five (5) copies of Browne's new book. To enter for a chance to win, simply tell us in the comments section below: If you could take a whirlwind, worldwide barbecue tour, what country would you head to first, and for what dish?
Five (5) people will be chosen at random from among eligible comments below. Comments will close Monday, August 25 at noon ET. The standard Serious Eats contest rules apply.