Make Smoking Your Second Language
Craig Tabor lives, breathes, cooks and swears by the Big Green Egg®. This certified “Egg-head” knows the Big Green Egg® like the back of his hand—not only from winning multiple grilling competitions around the country and running one of the most popular Big Green Egg® blogs, craigtabor.com, but from adopting the mentality that there is nothing he won’t grill. In this stellar comprehensive guide, Craig lays out everything you need to know to conquer and perfect cooking with your Big Green Egg® and teaches you firsthand how to become a pro like him.
Craig shows you how to set up your Big Green Egg® for success, from assembly, to maintenance, to lighting the coals just right for each recipe, ensuring the perfect temperature for the perfect cook. Once your fire is blazing, the real hard part begins: picking which recipe to try first! Go for comforting classics like Meat Candy (a.k.a. Pork Ribs) or Nashvegas Hot Grilled Chicken Sandwich. Try out meals with a twist like Sriracha Peach-Glazed Pork Chops or Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey–Glazed Cedar-Planked Salmon. Or, grill a variety of delectable dishes you never imagined you could, like Seafood Paella, Chicago-Style Deep-Dish Pizza or Maple Bacon Oatmeal Cookies. And for those intimidating cuts of meat like brisket and pork shoulder? Not to worry—Craig walks you through how to trim, wrap, prep and cook them with helpful step-by-step photos. With Craig’s expertise guiding you, it’s only a matter of time before you become a master of the Big Green Egg®.
Craig Tabor, known as Big Green Craig, has competed in many grilling competitions, including the World Food Championship where he won second place in 2017. In both 2015 and 2016, Craig took home the top prize at Eggtoberfest, a national grilling competition showcasing foods prepared on the Big Green Egg®. Craig’s website, craigtabor.com, is a trusted resource for beginners using the Big Green Egg® and other smokers. Craig and his family live in Atlanta, Georgia.
“Craig is a badass BBQ guy with a flair for creating mouthwatering, lip-smacking tastiness.”
—Ted Reader, celebrity chef and award-winning author
“Craig Tabor is one of the most enthusiastic BBQ personalities I know. His versatility at the grill makes him a wonderful ambassador for all types of BBQ and grilling. This book is a testament to his skill set.”
—Danielle “Diva Q” Bennett, pitmaster, TV personality and author
“Craig is a master of the Big Green Egg®. There’s nothing Craig hasn’t cooked, grilled or barbecued—he’s the ultimate carnivore! You’re surely going to love his book.”
—Tony Biggs, Director of Culinary Art, Certified Angus Beef Brand
“Craig’s creativity on the grill and knowledge of fire use is remarkable. This book delivers his tasty recipes to your home. With easy-to-follow instructions and a great variety of dishes, you are going to want to grill every night!”
—Linkie Marais, yacht chef, Food Network Star (Season 8)
“Craig's passion for grilling anything and everything shines through amongst these pages. Sit back, give it a read and grab a napkin to keep the drool off the pages!”
—Chad Romzek, creator of Kick Ash Basket®
“This book is a must-have for anyone who wants to broaden their cooking knowledge, create unbelievable recipes and ‘WOW’ their guests!”
—Chris Gentry, Gentry's BBQ & General Store
“This book and it is a must-own for anyone who wants to elevate their live-fire cooking game!”
—Shane Draper, pitmaster of Draper’s BBQ
“This book is a spectacular collection of well-written recipes, specific methods and stunning photography.”
—Bob Hack, Sales and Marketing Manager, Flame Boss®
“For any Big Green Egg® enthusiast (or any kamado lover!), I highly recommend picking this book up and learning from Craig how to level up your kamado game!”
—Steve MCElroy, creator of Stoked on Smoke