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Baked Porkchop Sandwich & Potato Salad Recipes from a Famous Pitmaster

Baked Porkchop Sandwich & Potato Salad Recipes from a Famous Pitmaster

Whether you’re in charge of slow-cooking meats, flipping burgers, or making side dishes like potato salad and baked beans, barbecues are a summer rite of passage. They stand for community, sharing and of course delicious comfort food accompanied by memories that will keep us happy long after the weather turns.

For pit master Kevin Bludso, the childhood summers he spent in Corsicana, Texas, with his Aunt Willie Mae Fields (whom he calls “Grandma”) fueled his adult ambitions.

“As a chef, your family is your guinea pig before you go out into the world thinking you can serve the world barbecue or food,” says Bludso, who opened his Bludso’s BBQ as a takeout stand in his hometown of Compton, California, in 2008. must become a great chef in the family and everyone in the family has their role. Aunt always does the potato salad, Uncle is always on the grill. When you have those kinds of roles and importance in the family, you set high expectations for yourself.”

The flagship Bludso’s Bar & Que in Hollywood is still going as strong as ever, and it has even expanded around the world with San Antonio, a restaurant and bar in Melbourne, Australia. Bludso’s Bar & Que is often on America’s best barbecue lists and has earned the chef appearances on Food Network’s Dinners, drive-ins and dives series, in addition to serving as a judge on the Netflix competition show The American BBQ Showdown

One of the chefs responsible for establishing LA as a legitimate barbecue destination, Bludso’s loyal guests have been begging for a cookbook for years. They finally got their wish with Bludso’s BBQ Cookbook: A Family Affair in Smoke and Soulwhich he co-authored with Noah Galuten, a James Beard Award-nominated cookbook author and the former executive chef of Bludso’s Bar & Que, who trained under the pit master at his original restaurant in Compton.

The cookbook offers valuable advice for novice and experienced grillers, plus recipes for a variety of rubs and sauces, classic meats, seafood dishes, side dishes, breakfast foods, desserts, and even holiday spreads. As the title suggests, it pays tribute to Bludo’s entire family, with stories of his upbringing laced with cherished recipes. A proud Compton resident and mentor to a new generation of slow-smoking chefs, Bludso also calls out his favorite LA restaurants and pitmasters to pay attention to — even highlighting a few of their recipes in the book.