This cookbook has a copyright of 1994. I don't know where I got this book. I have never cooked from this before.
I originally thought this cookbook was going to be all about hot and spicy food. It's not. It's about barbecuing, smoking meats and yes, using some chili's here and there. This book is about salsas, barbecue sauces, marinades, rubs, glazes and mops. There are also chapters on starters, salads, starches, drinks and desserts.
There are several pages on southwestern ingredients but these days I don't think anyone would find them out of the ordinary (avocados, cumin). There is a list of sources but it's already over ten years old so I doubt it would be of any use. Good index, by ingredient, type of food and recipe title. No photos.
There are also some pages on 'almost no-cook' sauces for the grill, the authors guide to grilling, and don't freak, a recipe for grilling doves. There is a nice section of pizzas, sandwiches and salads on the grill.
The section on smoking gives a few pages on how to smoke (using a smoker or smoking using your grills) along with interesting recipes for Smoked Salmon, Smoked Ham, Chopped Smoked Pork on a Bun.
I admit my first pass though this book had me wanting a bit more. I have ribs, where are all the rib recipes? Each recipe, say for Roasted Garlic Rosemarynade, will list in a brief forward to the recipe what type of meat it might be good for. In the case of the Rosemarynade, it says it would work with lamb, chicken, shrimp, flank steak and pork chops. This means maybe having something you want to grill and then deciding if you want to use a rub, a sauce or a glaze and then figure out which one works for the type of meat you have. The recipes are pretty straight forward, some requiring much more work than others. Peppered throughout the cookbook are "Hot Menus" listing an entire meal using recipes from the book.
Lots of great sounding recipes in this book. Peach of the Old South Barbecue Sauce; Tequila Bloodymarynade; Skillet-Smoked Shrimp Cakes; Beer-Braised Grill-Finished Beef Short Ribs with Spicy Molasses Mop; Chicken Fajitas Salad; Grilled Potato Planks; Kahlua Baked Beans; Blackberry Lemonade; Mexican Chocolate Ice Cream. I have a feeling I'll be using this book often.