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Publisher's Summary

In the first cookbook by a Black pitmaster, James Beard Award-winning chef Rodney Scott celebrates an incredible culinary legacy through his life story, family traditions, and unmatched dedication to his craft.

“BBQ is such an important part of African-American history, and no one is better at BBQ than Rodney.” (Marcus Samuelsson, chef and restaurateur)

Rodney Scott was born with barbecue in his blood. He cooked his first whole hog, a specialty of South Carolina barbecue, when he was just 11 years old. At the time, he was cooking at Scott's Bar-B-Q, his family's barbecue spot in Hemingway, South Carolina. Now, four decades later, he owns one of the country's most awarded and talked-about barbecue joints, Rodney Scott's Whole Hog BBQ in Charleston. 

In this cookbook, co-written by award-winning writer Lolis Eric Elie, Rodney spills what makes his pit-smoked turkey, barbecued spare ribs, smoked chicken wings, hush puppies, Ella's Banana Puddin', and award-winning whole hog so special. Moreover, his recipes make it possible to achieve these special flavors yourself, whether you're a barbecue pro or a novice. From the ins and outs of building your own pit to poignant essays on South Carolinian foodways and traditions, this stunningly photographed cookbook is the ultimate barbecue reference. It is also a powerful work of storytelling. In this modern American success story, Rodney details how he made his way from the small town where he worked for his father in the tobacco fields and in the smokehouse, to the sacrifices he made to grow his family's business, and the tough decisions he made to venture out on his own in Charleston. 

Rodney Scott's World of BBQ is an uplifting story that speaks to how hope, hard work, and a whole lot of optimism built a rich celebration of his heritage - and of unforgettable barbecue.

A Selection of Stories and Recipes

Recipes included in the audiobook and downloadable PDF are:

Rodney's Spare Ribs

Potato Salad

Banana Pudding

Punch-n the Carolinas

Rib Rub

Rodney's Sauce 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2021 Rodney Scott and Lolis Eric Elie (P)2021 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"Over the years I’ve learned that anything from the hands of Rodney Scott has a way of making people ridiculously happy. This book is no exception. Rodney Scott’s World of BBQ is a surprisingly approachable guide to bringing the magic flavors of Rodney’s restaurant into the home. Cowritten with Lolis Eric Elie, one of this country’s finest writers on food and culture, it’s also a stirring portrait of a true American original. No secrets, no posturing, all love.”—David Chang, Momofuku

“Thirty years in the making, Rodney Scott’s World of BBQ takes its readers into the heart, mind, and soul of a barbecue artisan who is at the top of his craft. Rodney Scott “goes whole hog” by accessibly and expertly guiding you through his barbecuing method. His recipes for side dishes, desserts, and beverages definitely remind you that, yes, every day will be a good day when you use this cookbook.”—Adrian Miller, James Beard Award winner 

“I love Rodney’s classic and straightforward approach to BBQ . . . He is a true master of the pits. Watching him smoke a whole hog is an inspiration.”—Michael Symon, chef and author 

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Tasty Daang Book

Enjoyed listening to the pitmasters story and his candid revelations of his life. I plan to step up my BBQ game inspired by Brother Scott and his family new and old. Well done and big ups!!

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Dissappointing

Most of the book is devoted to random anacdotes and stories unrelated to bbq. Which jobs he did at his parents' farm.
What bars he used to go to. Which drinks he ordered. Which cars he owned. Which music he listened to as a teenager. And an extremely detailed description of his family feuds.

When it comes to food, there is very little coherent content about BBQ, and hardly anything at all about his forte' - whole hog. The full process of cooking a whole hog is never mentioned, let alone discussed in any clear way. The only BBQ item he properly describes making is ribs.

Most of the food related topics here are about side dishes, deserts... even cocktails.

Perhaps the story is inspirational for some, but this is not the book for anyone interested to understand how to cook better BBQ.

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Gave me a new outlook on life.

This is more than a cookbook and an autobiography. It's a phenomenal book. I listened to it a second time immediately after listening to it the first time.

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love it

I this help me because a better person and step my catering company up

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ChicagoBBQGrills.com

Amazing book and a quick read for those interested in a true BBQ story! Awesome work Rodney.

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Inspirational Story

This book is a great read/listen. This story hits people on all levels in life who want to be more than. Personally hit home for me.

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Amazing Road to Rodney's Success

Majorly impressed with how Rodney rose above his Family's challenges and when most turned against him to become the Award winning Pit Master that he is.

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Interesting Book Detailing Rodney Scott’s Rise To BBQ Glory

This was a good listen! Hearing Scott’s story from boyhood to where he is today was really interesting. The audiobook also includes a PDF download of the recipes found in the second half of the book.

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