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Summer fruit and porky goodness. (Photo: Angie Mosier.)

World-renowned pro pitmaster and chef Melissa Cookston’s new cookbook, Smokin’ in the Boys’ Room, is exactly what you need to freshen up your grilling repertoire before prime season hits. She’s a 3-time world champion, you know. From the cuts of meat you want to eat to sides, marinades and her own time-tested techniques, don’t break out the barbecue before digging into this book. 

I spent many a summer day crawling through weeds and fighting off chiggers and snakes just to pick a bucket of luscious blackberries. Blackberries are the flavor of my youth, and I still try to sneak out in June, when the berries are at their plumpest and juiciest, and pick a few to make into cobblers and jellies. This chutney uses blackberries to bring a rich sweetness and beautiful contrast to the pork.

Reprinted with permission from Smokin’ in the Boys’ Room