Kevin BludsoThis is low and slow Texas BBQ done right: a family affair in smoke and soul, told through 75 recipes and stories from the founder of famous Los Angeles-based Bludso's BBQ.
Kevin Bludso was born and raised in Compton, California, by a Black Panther-supporting mother and a police officer father. To stay out of trouble, he spent his summers in Corsicana, Texas, where he was schooled on the art of barbecue and worked long, hot hours on the pits at his granny's legendary BBQ stand. In 2008, Kevin opened his own Bludso's BBQ, a small walk-up stand in the heart of Compton that has led to multiple locations in California, Texas, and even Australia.
In this honest and engaging cookbook, Kevin teaches you everything you need to know about BBQ: from choosing, seasoning, and cleaning your pit to selecting your brisket, ribs, and sausages, plus all the rubs and sauces you could need. Kevin also shares seventy-five delicious recipes for main meats such as BBQ Lamb Leg, Spicy Curried Oxtails, Buffalo Rib Tips, Blackened Catfish, and Grilled Mojo Shrimp; sides such as Creole Cabbage, Pinto Beans, and Down Home Mac & Cheese; and even desserts such as Mom's Banana Pudding, Buttermilk Pie, and Kevin's famous Hennessy on the Rocks, along with mouthwatering photographs to accompany them. But Bludso's BBQ Cookbook
is also a story about Kevin's family and community. It's a love letter to the often misunderstood city of Compton, and the story of how Kevin has fed and supported his own community while teaching everyone the art of barbecue.
This is more than a cookbook; it's Kevin's incredibly personal story of family, food, and how following your passion sometimes leads you back home.
About the Author
Kevin Bludso is a chef, television personality, and two-time Steve Harvey Neighborhood Award Winner. In 2008, he opened Bludso's BBQ, his small takeout stand in Compton, California. It has since grown into an international empire, with a flagship restaurant in Hollywood, a concession stand at the LAFC Soccer Stadium, a location in Proud Bird by LAX, and a sprawling restaurant and bar called San Antone by Bludso's BBQ in the Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia. He is a judge on The American Barbecue Showdown on Netflix and has appeared on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives and Bong Appétit, and as a recurring guest judge on Bar Rescue.
Noah Galuten is a chef and James Beard Award-nominated cookbook author. He trained in Compton under Kevin Bludso and became the chef of Bludso's Bar & Que and Texas BBQ restaurant in Los Angeles. Noah also co-authored On Vegetables: Modern Recipes for the Home Kitchen with Jeremy Fox.