Rockin' the 'cue
Masters of the grill looking for something different this season might check out a new kid in the sauce lineup from Stubb's Legendary Kitchen of Austin, Texas. We liked the smokiness of the Sweet Heat Bar-B-Q Sauce, its gentle chipotle firepower tempered with touches of molasses and brown sugar. The vinegar tang and paprika richness of the Moppin' Sauce won us over, whether the meat's on the grill or roasting in the oven. The suggested retail price for Sweet Heat (18 ounces) and Moppin' Sauce (12 ounces) is $3.79 each. At grocers nationwide or at stubbsbbq.com.
Lighten up the grill
Shift your grilling style with coaching from Cooking Light magazine's team. Their latest book, "Cooking Light Way to Cook: Grilling" is a gem, whether you're new to coals, chips and smoking, or consider yourself a grilling pro. Its strong points? Lean meats, fish, fruits and vegetables. Strong visuals (finished dishes, techniques such as plank grilling fish) supplement the recipes (stuffed Cuban pork tenderloin, smoked oysters with olive relish), as well as the ingredient substitution and seasonal produce guides. It's $24.95 at amazon.com.
Just rub it in
Seattle restaurateur-cookbook author Tom Douglas has a solid 'cue rep and seasoning savvy, with a line of sauces and rubs. Those rubs, dubbed Rub With Love, include more than a dozen mixes (salmon, steak, African peri peri, etc.). His latest, Veggie Rub, is no meek ground-to-a-powder number. Its mix of fennel, red pepper, coriander, garlic and more sports seeds, flakes and a coarse grind added a nice texture to veggies (potato, onions, peppers, zucchini) that we roasted. It's $5.99 for 3.5 ounces at tomdouglas.com.
Rockin' the 'cue
Sweet Heat Bar-B-Q Sauce (Bill Hogan/Chicago Tribune)