Sunset_Great_OutdoorsWe are excited to share that Santa Maria Style Barbecue plays a starring role in the new Great Outdoors Cookbook published by Sunset Magazine, and edited by Margo True and Elaine Johnson with an introduction from Michael Chiarello.

Subtitled “Adventures in Cooking Under The Open Sky,” the book includes an entire chapter on Santa Maria Style Barbecue, spanning six colorful pages with recipes, photos and a brief history of our local barbecue style. It also includes a sidebar with barbecuing tips from the famed Santa Maria Elks Lodge, a longtime cultural hub of Santa Maria BBQ.

As the book puts it, “In and around Santa Maria, in central California, succulent oak-grilled meat is a way of life.”  Recipes include Santa Maria-Style Top Block, Irene’s Santa Maria Salsa and Pinquito Beans. The book also recommends enjoying Santa Maria BBQ with “an earthy, meaty, cool-weather Syrah from the Santa Maria Valley itself.”

The Great Outdoors Cookbook also touches on a few other regional outdoor cooking styles, and features a section of inspired recipes for Campfires and another for Home Fires.

Simply put, this book is a must-have for any outdoor-cooking enthusiast, and a definitive taste of the Western dining experience, from the rustic to the gourmet.

The Great Outdoors Cookbook will be released next week, but you can pre-order it on Amazon now.