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Cookbook Review: BBQ Bash

Updated on April 28, 2008

Who doesn't love a great barbecue? If you're planning to host a party that revolves around preparing a meal or snacks using your grill, it's well worth taking the time to read BBQ Bash: The B-All, End-All Party Guide, from Barefoot to Black Tie by Karen Adler and Judith Fertig.

BBQ Basics

This book is full of terrific recipe ideas -- but it's much more than just a cookbook. BBQ Bashbegins by providing readers with practical and fun tips and suggestions for throwing a memorable barbecue party. You'll learn the secret of how to brainstorm for themes, and will benefit from ideas on setting the tone with proper lighting, table settings, music, and bar preparations. Readers will also enjoy the tidbits of information about the different ways to approach grilling, including charcoal, gas, smoking, rotisserie, and more.

Menu Selection

An important part of getting ready for any bash is selecting the menu, and making certain you know how to prepare every item you'll be serving to your guests. In BBQ Bash, you'll find a wide selection of different themed party menus that you can use to help you get a head start on selecting dishes to serve your guests.

Themed menu ideas include:

  • All American Barbecue
  • Autumn Dinner in Tuscany
  • Barefoot Poolside Bash
  • Black Tie Barbecue
  • Home for the Holidays
  • Italian Antipasto Party
  • Martin Party with a French Accent
  • Spanish Tapas Party
  • Tailgate Grilling
  • Several other tempting and appealing menu suggestions


Whether you're planning a big bash for hundreds of guests, or you just want to make something special for your family using your backyard barbecue, you're sure to find a number of tempting and delicious recipe ideas to try in BBQ Bash.

A few of my favorites from BBQ Bash include:

  • Apple Smoked Salmon
  • Big Easy Grilled Beef Tenderloin
  • Cherry Smoked Rack of Pork with Cider-Mustard Barbecue Sauce
  • Corn Husk Wrapped Grilled Shrimp with Grilled Corn
  • Stir Grilled Italian Sausage with Peppers and Onions

About the Authors

Karen Adler and Judith Fertig are competitive barbecue champs from Kansas City, reputed by many to be the Barbecue Capital of the World. Adler and Fertig have extensive experience hosting all types of parties, and they have written more than twenty different cookbooks. Additional titles penned by the authors include: The BBQ Queens' Big Book of Barbecue; Weeknight Grilling with the BBQ Queens; and Fish and Shellfish, Grilled & Smoked. Both authors even hold Doctors of Barbecue Philosophy degrees from Greasehouse University!


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    Angela Harris 9 years ago from Around the USA

    Everybody loves BBQ, don't they? What would summer be without friends and family together for a grilling get together?