St. Martin's Press
"Virgil's Barbecue Road Trip Cookbook" is by Neal Corman with Chris Peterson.

"VIRGIL'S BARBECUE ROAD TRIP COOKBOOK," by Neal Corman with Chris Peterson, St. Martin's Press, $29.99, 336 pages

One of the key ingredients to summer is barbecue and what better way to start this summer off than with "Virgil's Barbecue Road Trip Cookbook."

Neal Corman, the corporate executive chef of the Alicart Restaurant Group, along with the help of freelance writer Chris Peterson, has put together a collection of mouthwatering barbecue recipes that have been tried and tested all over the country, putting them in one cookbook that allows home chefs to make them without ever leaving their backyards.

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After some tips on barbecuing, such as different styles of smoking or grilling, and how to cook that meal to just the right tenderness, "Virgil's Barbecue Road Trip Cookbook" is easily organized into sections from Starters and Salads, Rubs, Marinades and Sauces to Drinks and Sweets. There are even chapters designated for different meats of choice, including beef, pork, poultry and seafood.

Each recipe includes step-by-step instructions from thawing methods and curing to temperature and cooking time suggestions.

If all the recipes look too good to decide which one to try first, Corman has a chapter of suggested menus just right for a traditional barbecue, game-day spread or special birthday gatherings.

Tara Creel is a Logan, Utah, native and mother of three boys. Her email is, and she blogs at