Cookbook author John McLemore shows us how smoking food is simple and healthier than ever before!

Dadgum book Everyone loves to get outside with good food and good people when the weather’s nice. Cookbook author John McLemore’s latest venture is called “Dadgum That’s Good and Healthy”.

John joins us this morning to share some classic dishes with fewer calories that leave more time to spend enjoying our family and friends this summer.

Love the taste of smoked wings at your summer BBQ, but don’t want all of the extra calories? How about today’s trendiest pulled pork sliders? They’re all the rage in restaurants from coast to coast. And did you know you can have smoked stuffed hamburger sliders without busting your diet?

John McLemore is taking his recipes to yet another level in his third cookbook, “Dadgum That’s Good!’…And Healthy!” In this book, he remade his old dishes in a new, lighter way, without sacrificing the bold and robust flavors that only John can provide.

john rubsFor a great chicken wing rub, John uses 5 ingredients, black pepper, onion powder, chili power, seasonal and garlic powder.  Put them in a plastic bag and toss in about 5 pounds of the wings, shake to cover.  Lay them on the smoker shelf making sure each wing is separate so they can absorb that great smokey taste.  Smoke at 225° for 1 hour. Remove from smoker and put in a disposal tray.  Cover with hot BBQ sauce, honey and apple juice on medium heat for 8-10 minutes.  Then put the wings back in the smoker for another 45 minutes.smoked mac and cheese

Try adding some smoked mac’n’cheese and smoked corn for your sides.

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John eating wingsJohn McLemore is the owner and President/CEO of Masterbuilt Manufacturing, Inc. Masterbuilt manufactures indoor and outdoor consumer cooking products and automotive aftermarket accessories.
John’s passion for product sales began at the ripe old age of 8. He would load up his Red Ryder wagon with the plant stands his father made and cart them around the neighborhood, selling his wares door-to-door. This passion has carried through his entire life. Once he turned 16 and was able to drive, he took on a more formal role in sales with his father’s company. His first truck took over for the red wagon and his neighborhood route expanded throughout the southeast. When he was 19, John and his brother Don became part owners with their father. John built a sales force for the company and expanded the brand nationwide. In 1998, John and Don became sole-owners of Masterbuilt. Since then, the brand has gone worldwide and they have established a reputation as innovators in the cooking products industry.
As a leader in the industry, John is not afraid to take risks and keep pushing himself harder. With faith in God and a lot of hard work, he continues to face challenges without fear. He has traveled the world over and learned a lot of lessons about life, and food, along the way. Everywhere he goes, he has requests for recipes, tips and secrets for his meals. Always a solution-maker, he knew it was time to share his family story and recipes in a cookbook. “Dadgum, That’s Good!” is much more than just a Southern phrase and the title of his cookbook, it’s the summation of a life’s work in creating delicious food with world-class cooking products.
John is a pilot, little league coach, fun-loving storyteller and a practical joker. He is a CEO with a heart, and is energized by the success of others. Of all his adventures, the most exciting has been his marriage to Tonya. They have three children; Brooke, John and Bailey. They are an active family and love to spend time outdoors – softball, tennis, water sports, 4 wheeling.
John’s life is a true American success story, ripe with blessings and challenges. Through a serious on-the-job injury at age 13, two fires at Masterbuilt and many other blips along the way, he has always taken on life with a positive outlook and an assurance of his purpose. “Dadgum, That’s Good” shares John’s journey and opens the door to another chapter.



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