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“The Southern Foodie’s Guide to the Pig” Takes You from Snout to Tail

If it’s possible to “lionize” a pig, no American cuisine does more to elevate the humble animal than Southern cooking. From North Carolina whole hog to Memphis ribs to St. Louis pork steak, Southerners love some swine!

In The Southern Foodie’s Guide to the Pig, author Chris Chamberlain takes readers on three different journeys. The first is a historical and cultural exploration of the pig’s importance to Southern cuisine as a staple protein that provided sustenance to early settlers who discovered feral pigs roaming around the swamps and forests of colonial territories. Second, he conducts a physiological survey of the animal describing the different cuts of meat and the best ways to prepare them.

Noted pitmasters share their secrets on how to deal with the nuances of preparing ribs on the grill, how to slow cook a pork shoulder and even how to cook a whole animal in a cinderblock pit constructed in your own backyard. Award-winning competitive cookers like Chris Lilly from Decatur, Alabama’s Big Bob Gibson’s Bar-B-Q and Carey Bringle from Nashville’s Peg Leg Porker offer up recipes and procedures to make your backyard barbecue taste like world-class smoked meat.

The final sojourn is a survey of 50 restaurants across 13 Southern states. These eateries demonstrate particular talents at cooking pigs, and each contribute some secret recipes for their most popular dishes so you can try to replicate them at home. The book concludes with a full-on cookbook of recipes for other main courses, side dishes, desserts and even drinks that either feature pork or complement piggy meals quite nicely.

There are also pages of recipes for different regional barbecue sauces and rubs to up your grill game. Impress your dinner guests by serving your own custom sauce instead of just serving your pulled pork with a bottle of syrupy sweet sauce from the grocery store shelf.

Whether you are looking for a travel guide to craft an eat-inerary of great restaurants across the South or you need some tips to cook better pork at home, The Southern Foodie’s Guide to the Pig has got you covered. The book is available on Amazon and bookstores nationwide.