“This book is an education in all things Kentucky barbecue” and the ideal guide for “a lip-smacking trip through the best BBQ in the Bluegrass State” (Maggie Green, author of The Kentucky Fresh Cookbook). The Kentucky Barbecue Book is a feast for readers who are eager to sample the finest fare in the state. From the banks of the Mississippi to the hidden hollows of the Appalachian Mountains, author and barbecue enthusiast Wes Berry hits the trail in search of the best smoke, the best flavor, and the best pitmasters he can find. This handy guide presents the most succulent menus and colorful personalities in Kentucky. Kentucky style barbecue is distinct because of its use of mutton and traditional cooking methods. Many of the establishments featured in this book are dedicated to the time-honored craft of cooking over hot hardwood coals inside cinderblock pits. These traditions are disappearing as methods requiring less manpower, less wood, and less skill gain ground.