A delicious deep dive into the world of barbecue from the celebrated chefs behind the popular restaurants Pig Beach
Matt Abdoo and Shane McBride cut their teeth preparing three-star Italian and French cuisine, but in their spare time, what they really loved cooking (and eating) was barbecue. Eventually, they traded in their Michelin star kitchens for a smoker and opened their dream restaurant: a laid-back eatery that pays homage to the culinary traditions of American BBQ but isn’t afraid to experiment with worldly influences.
Now, you can master Matt and Shane’s smoky meats and championship-winning sauces at home. With more than 50 mouthwatering recipes, Pig Beach BBQ Cookbook includes everything from traditional favorites like buffalo wings and smoked beef brisket, to groundbreaking new dishes like Mojo-Marinated St. Louis Ribs and Secret Spice Pecan Candied Bacon.
An essential read for every at-home pitmaster, Pig Beach BBQ Cookbook is also a definitive barbecue tour of the United States. By sharing tricks of the trade from experts in every region, it explains once and for all how North Carolina ’cue differs from Texas ’cue, and teaches you how to recreate those distinct and delicious flavors no matter where you live.
About the Author
Matt Abdoo was the Chef de Cuisine of Del Posto and during his tenure, the restaurant received a coveted four-star review from the New York Times, and the Relais & Chateaux distinction. Prior to opening his own restaurants, Matt first earned his BBQ chops during his time working on America’s highly competitive barbecue circuit with team Salty Rinse. The team received 2nd place medal for Whole Hog in 2015 and 1st Place for Best Sauce (Mustard) at the annual Memphis in May World Championship. Today, Matt is a frequent guest chef on The Today Show and has appeared on many national cooking shows as well as DirecTV’s Fantasty Zone.
Shane McBride is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and one of New York’s most accomplished chefs. He began his career in the city with esteemed chef Charlie Palmer at Aureole. He then went on to work with Chef Christian Delouvier at the world-renowned Lespinasse. He subsequently partnered with Jean-Philippe Leloup to open his own star-studded restaurant, Oceo. Shane went on to be the executive chef at Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak for many years, followed by a long tenure as executive chef at the famed Soho brasserie, Balthazar. His passion for barbecue was practiced as a hobby until he left the world of haute cuisine to focus entirely on operating and expanding the Pig Beach empire.
“I love Matt and Shane and the rest of the gang at Pig Beach. It’s not Father’s Day for me and my family if I’m not chowing down on some Pig Beach BBQ. Now, with this book, every day can be a Pig Beach Father’s Day. You’re welcome, America.” -Al Roker, Weatherman/Co-Anchor on NBC’s Today Show “Shane McBride and Matt Abdoo have Pitmastery as their destiny. They’re not only true wizards of deliciousness, but through the wildly successful Pig Beach restaurants, we can all have a blast eating their food. I can now begin my journey as their student by diving into their long-anticipated cookbook. My coals are lit!” -John Markus, Emmy-winning writer, Co-creator BBQ Pitmasters “Pig Beach is what happens when two of the brightest culinary minds trade their starched white chefs’ coats for baggy pants and sandals. Relax and let them share their inventive and inspiring knowledge of live fire, food, and flavor with you. Welcome to their Beach!” -Chris Lilly, Pitmaster & partner Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q “Shane McBride and Matt Abdoo are two of the best chefs I know. Their passion for cooking with fire coupled with their immense culinary talents quickly put Pig Beach on the bbq map. Pig Beach BBQ Cookbook shows how talented these two pitmasters are.” -Tuffy Stone, Chef, Pitmaster, and Author —