New Barbecue Books Add a Pinch of Inspiration for Aspiring Pitmasters

Barbecue booksLast year, we saw the first cookbook from a Black pitmaster since the 1980s in Rodney Scott’s World of BBQ. This year, two were released in the same week, with Matt Horn and Kevin Bludso having the honors. Both have joints in California, but Horn’s barbecue is no doubt influenced by Texas, and Bludso now lives in Corsicana. These days, the reach of Texas barbecue is undeniable, with smoked brisket covered in books from New York City, the UK, and an Argentinian chef whose restaurant is in Maine. Here are the best barbecue books of 2022, so far.Bludso’s BBQ Cookbook: A Family Affair in Smoke and Soul by Kevin Bludso, with Noah GalutenThe entertainment value of Bludso’s unvarnished story (it sets a “motherf—er” record I’m certain…

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