ManBQue (Paperback)

Meat. Beer. Rock and Roll.

By John Carruthers, Jesse Valenciana

Running Press Adult, 9780762451173, 256pp.

Publication Date: April 22, 2014

List Price: 22.00*
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ManBQue is the next griller's Bible for those in their 20s and 30s. Dedicated to meat, beer, and rock n' roll, it starts with the basics: how to grind, assemble, and grill a perfect burger and how to season, sear, and rest a perfect strip steak. Then it moves on to other staples—perfectly cooked wings, slow-roasted BBQ, and handmade sausages. There are also suggestions for monster sandwiches and mouthwatering tacos. Once you've got that under control, it takes on all the weird stuff: the pig tongue and beef hearts, snails and, yes, even salad.

Along the way there are beer pairings, explaining the different styles and the basic principles of putting a bottle with whatever comes off the grill. Not content with simple descriptions, ManBQue worked with craft brew experts to tell you why that IPA goes so well with your lamb burger and which bock you should be dousing your brisket in.

But ManBQue is more than a cookbook, it's a community; it's a grilling and lifestyle organization that grew into a global society with thousands of followers. Once a month the members cast aside their daily responsibilities for good food and company. In this spirit, the margins are filled with stories of what you're eating, which ManBQue member invented it, and how that insanely delicious process occurred. By the end, you too will be shouting “MANBQUE!”

About the Author

John Carruthers is the managing editor of, and a writer/editor for a Chicago-based national physicians' organization. When he's not testing recipes, writing about food, or talking loudly to others, he's generally at a bar just down the road. He currently lives in Chicago with his wife, their gigantic grill, and a cat that acts like a dog.

Jesse Valenciana is the founder of ManBQue and spends his days expanding the ManBQue empire and converting others to the cause via (symbolic) meat baptism. He serves as the public face of ManBQue and works his magic not just on the grill, but in convincing people to open their grills, homes, and bathrooms to 50 or 60 people on weekday nights for MEATings. He lives in Chicago.