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As part of my personal cookbook collection, I have both of the Myron Mixon cookbooks: "Smokin' with Myron Mixon" and "Everyday Barbecue."  Smokin' was Mixon's first publication and then it was followed by Everyday Barbecue.  After reading through both of these books and trying several recipes and techniques from both, I believe the "Everyday Barbecue" should have been his first release.  As far as I'm concerned, the Smokin' book could have been ditched.  

 

Smokin' is a book that possibly caters to the world of competition barbecue more than to the backyard barbecue guys like us.  Several of the recipes I tried from this book were just not good in my humble opinion.  I understand in the world of competition BBQ you have to wow the judges with a single bite, but if I had to eat some of this stuff as a meal, I'd probably dislike it even more.  There are some interesting stories bundled with a lot of smack talk that makes the book entertaining, but I'm not going to recommend this book as a 'must have' for my fellow backyard chefs.

 

Everyday Barbecue is a book that I find to be much better suited to my tastes and preferences as a backyard cook.  I have tried several recipes and techniques from this book and been very pleased with the results.  Myron describes this book as a guide to what he cooks when he's cooking for family and friends at home, which is exactly what most of us are doing most of the time.  

 

So, if you are looking for a book to add to your stack, I'd give the "Everyday Barbecue" book a glance...

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I've been looking at his books and even thinking about taking his class but IDK, Myron is a win at any cost kind of guy (at least that's how he strikes me as a tv personality) and I don't really see him offering up a plethora of really great tips that could be used against him so I have refrained from those purchases. Some of his "tips" seem to go against the grain in BBQ and even seem unappealing to my taste sense. One guy I would gladly pay to learn from however, is Mr. Johnny Trigg. I would just love to talk to that old fella, I bet he's a hoot.

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Thanks for the clarification.

 

I bought his Smokin book last year.

 

 

I was disappointed when I followed the sauce recipes in there as they were not even close to his storebought versions.  The best I could say is that his steps are simple and easy to follow on most of the cooks....provided you taste the sauces & rubs prior and adjust to your own liking.

 

 

It's good to hear that his latest book is more usable for backyard hacks like me.

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I tend to be wary of any book by a competition cooker. Do you really think they're giving away their secrets in these books?

 

As for MM's classes, from what I've heard, you basically pay him a bunch of money just to watch him cook, not exactly hands-on training.

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I am in full agreement with the comments made about the "smoking..." book. I am just glad the ebook edition was cheap. It not even on my reader anymore! It was not to my view very good cooking results or very instructional either. There are much much better tomes out there for beginners and experienced cooks.

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I have his everyday bbq, I really like his only bbq rub you'll ever need. it's a lot sweeter than a lot of the others I've made. Other than that some of his techniques are different than other grilling/smoking books I've read. Haven't had a chance to try much out of his book yet other than the rub. I was a little disappointed that he doesn't reveal some of his secret recipes, for that you have to take his class. which is understandable I guess I would do the same thing. He's looking to expand his profits and I'm sure he'll make more from his class than selling books.

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I have Smokin, and learned some interesting things from it.  I don't ever follow his recipes every step of the way... do I need five gallons of sauce, or whatever... but mix and match ingredients and techniques.  Just got the APL book and see some interesting stuff in it, but some stuff that I think is not right (char lines adding flavour... I believe Meathead on that issue). 

 

I found "Wicked Good Barbecue: Fearless Recipes from Two Damn Yankees Who Have Won the Biggest, Baddest BBQ Competition in the World" to be the most useful and have enjoyed the results of several of their recipes.  Some of the best info, though,  comes from this site and a few others (Amazing Ribs, etc.) but its nice to have a picture book to flip through and get greasy fingerprints on.

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This weekend I am going to try some things from the book 'Everyday Barbecue'. I am going to make the only marinade you need, The only other barbecue rub you need and only other barbecue sauce. The only changes I am planning will be instead of sugar I will use turbinado sugar. I am planning on testing marinade, rub and sauce on 3 chickens that I will be spatchcocking. I am planning to make marinade, rub and sauce today and the marinate chicken tomorrow. Monday morning I will apply rub and then grill early evening using pecan wood mixed with charcoal. This chicken will be part of our Canadian Thanksgiving Dinner.

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Bummed...I bought this Smokin' book before seeing this.  Didn't think it was "all that".  I did check out that other one at the library, and it seemed to suit the home cook much more.  Haven't actually tried any of the recipes, seem to get better info off the internet.  I wish I was smart enough to quit buying cookbooks!

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