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Any books on Grilling or BBQ that you would recommend?

FxLynchFxLynch Posts: 433
edited November 2011 in EggHead Forum

Hey guys/gals,

I love reading about my hobbies, and although I've grilled for many years, I know I still have a lot of learning to do.  So I am going to purchase a book, or a few books about grilling.  Hopefully not just recipe books, but about techniques, in depth smoking info, etc.

So if you have a favorite, please give me some ideas.




  • BotchBotch Posts: 3,486
    edited November 2011
    Frank, I have a weakness for buying books about my hobbies too, and just counted up sixteen (!) books on barbecue and grilling in my collection.   :O
    My two favorites are:
    Barbecue Secrets, by Ron Shewchuk (a retired 'que circuit champion who spills all his techniques), I use both his beef and his pork rubs exclusively in my own smoking; and
    Smokin' with Myron Mixon, (a 'que circuit champion who's NOT retired, but spills all his techniques anyway).  I love his irreverent, Bourdain-esque writing style.  
    Live fast, die young, and leave a well-marbled corpse.  
    Ogden, Utard.  
  • As someone who is in the bbq business the book that I recommend above all others is MASTERING THE GRILL by Andrew Schloss & David Joachim. While most books are recipe driven, and this one has its share, it is the most comprehensive about the technicalities of grilling and smoking. With regards to meat it has sections from fats and proteins to the differences in cooking grass-fed, grain-fed and organic. Grilling produce is broken down into roots, stems, fruits, vegetables, leaves and flowers. Great book.
  • The big green Egg cookbook has good recipes
  • Dr BBQ's Big Time Barbecue cookbook is good. Myron Mixon's is also a good one.
  • FxLynchFxLynch Posts: 433
    I ended up ordering a couple of the BBQ books, should be coming in next week.  Thanks for all the reccomendations
  • Alton browns Good Eats is also helpful
  • AD18AD18 Posts: 174
    My go to book is Paul Kirk's Championship Barbeque.  I have lots of others, but keep coming back to it.
    Large BGE, Weber 22.5 kettle, Weber Genesis
    Cobourg, Ontario
  • BBQ Bible by Raichlen and Smoke & Spice by Jamison were two of the best books I read early on in my Q'ing days.



    from SANTA CLARA, CA

  • 4Runner4Runner Posts: 2,201

    I like Adam Perry Lang




    Joe - I'm a reformed gasser-holic aka 4Runner Columbia, SC Wonderful BGE Resource Site: and  and
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  • If you have a Kindle account, you can down load the "Big green egg cookbook" for $10.  These sell at the dealers for around $50
  • BBQ Bible by Raichlen and Smoke & Spice by Jamison were two of the best books I read early on in my Q'ing days.

    BBQ Bible is OK, but How to Grill is better for new people. BBQ USA and Planet BBQ are my favorites. I love his Sauces, Rubs and Marinates as well.

    For general Cookery, I recommend On Food and Cooking by Harold McGee and How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman

  • SundownSundown Posts: 2,916
    On the Nekkid Whiz site you can download a BUNCH of cookbooks compiled from Egg fests over the years. There's more Egg knowledge in them than any of those $25 books by authors that don't know what an Egg is!
  • Yeah, You can find a Real Man's Chili from Ocala '08 that, while not a prizewinner finished a solid second :D


    Caledon, ON


  • Another great BBQ book is Chris Lilly's book.  It was a great read even if you didn't check out the recipes.
    The Naked Whiz
  • FxLynchFxLynch Posts: 433
    I just got Smoke and Spice in the mail today.  I love the value in buying used books from Amazon.  I got the book in really good condition for $1.49 with $3.99 shipping.  My cookbooks always end up with stains, etc, so it's nice to get a huge discount.

    Looking forward to reading it and the others.

  • Richard FlRichard Fl Posts: 7,937
    edited July 2012
     Here are a few I have gathered to date:

    BBQ Recipes, BBQ Books, Plye's BBQ
    Some one in an earlier thread asked for a list of books about
    BBQ. I have a little time on my hands so I trolled through Amazon and found the
    list below. If Phil or one of the mods could make this a sticky, it would help
    out the new members with building their BBQ library.
    1 Anderson, Warren R. "Mastering the Craft of Smoking
    2 Brown, Alton, "Good Eats"
    3 Browne, R., "The Barbecue America Cookbook"
    4 Davis, A., "The Great BBQ Sauce Book"
    5 Gibson, Big Bob, BBQ Book.
    6 Elie, Lolis Eric & Frank Stewart, "Smokestack
    7 Gibson, Big Bob, BBQ Book.
    8 Griffith, D., "Celebrating Barbecue"
    9 Hale, C. Clark "Smoky", "The Great American Barbeque and
    Grilling Manual"
    10 Jameison, Cheryl Alters & Bill, "Smoke & Spice:
    Cooking With Wood, the Real Way to Barbeque"
    11 Joachim David & Schloss, Andrew, "Mastering the
    12 Kahn, Lisa, Editor, "Char-Broil's Everybody
    13 Karmel, Elizabeth, "Taming the Flame"
    14 Kirk, Paul, "Paul Kirk's Championship BBQ"
    15 Kirk, Paul, "Paul Kirk's Championship Barbecue
    16 Knote, Charlie, "Barbeque and Sausage Making
    17 Kutak, Rytek, "Great Sausage Recipes and Meat
    18 Lampe, Ray, "Dr. BBQ's Big-Time Barbecue Cookbook"
    19 Lampe, Ray, "Dr. BBQ’s Big-Time Barbeque Road
    20 Lampe, Ray, "Dr. BBQ’s “Barbeque All Year Long!”
    21 Lampe, Ray, "Dr BBQ,s The NFL Gameday Cookbook"
    22 Lampe, Ray & Beisch, Leigh, Ribs, Chops, Steaks and
    23 Lang, Adam Perry, "Charred & Scruffed"
    24 Lang, Adam Perry, "Serious Barbecue"
    25 Lilly, Chris, Big Bob Gibson's BBQ Book: "Recipes and
    Secrets from a Legendary Barbecue Joint" by Chris Lilly
    26 McMeel, Andrew, :Big Green Egg Cookbook: Celebrating the
    World's Best Smoker & ... Big Green Egg - Andrews McMeel Publishing (2010)
    27 McPeake, Richard W, "Backyard BBQ: The Art Of
    28 Marianski, Stanley, Adam, & Robert, "Smoking meat and
    Smokehouse Design"
    29 Mills, Mike & Amy Mills Tunnicliffe, "Peace, Love, and
    30 Mixon, Myron, "Smokin'"
    31 Purviance, James, "Weber's Charcoal Grilling"
    32 Purviance, Jamie & McRae, Sandra, "Weber's Big Book of
    33 Purviance, James, "Weber's "Real Grilling"
    34 Putnam, Karen, "Championship BBQ Secrets for Real Smoked
    35 Raichlen, Steven, "BBQ Bible"
    36 Raichlen. Steven, "BBQ USA"
    37 Raichlen, Steven, "How To Grill"
    38 Raichlen, Steven, "Ribs Ribs Outrageous Ribs"
    39 Raichlen, Steven, "Sauces Rubs & Marinades"
    40 Reader, Ted, "Americas Best BBQ 100 Recipes"
    41 Reader, Ted, "Beerlicious: The Art of Grillin' and
    42 Reed, John, Shelton, "Holy Smoke: The Big Book of North
    Carolina Barbecue"
    43 Reinhardt, .Julie, "She-Smoke"
    44 Schlesinger, Christopher, "The Thrill of the Grill:
    Techniques, Recipes, & Down-Home Barbecue"
    45 Shewchuk, Ron, Barbecue Secrets
    46 Stines, Mike, "Mastering Barbecue"
    47 Thompson, F., "Barbecue Nation"
    48 Walsh, Rob, "Legends of Texas BBQ"
    49 Willingham, John, " World Champinship Bar-B-Q"
    50 Wiviott, Gary & Rush, Coleen, "Low & Slow: Master
    the Art of Barbecue in 5 Easy Lessons"
    51 Worgul, Doug, "A Grand
     Recipe Type
     Recipe Source

    Source: BBQ-Brethren, Pyle's BBQ,


    48 Willingham, John, " World Champinship Bar-B-Q"
    49 Wiviott, Gary & Rush, Coleen, "Low & Slow: Master
    the Art of Barbecue in 5 Easy Lessons"
    50 Worgul, Doug, "A Grand Barbeque"
    51 Big Bob Gibson's BBQ
     Recipe Type
     Recipe Source

    Source: BBQ-Brethren, Pyle's BBQ,

  • Anybody read "Serious Barbeque" by Adam Perry Lang? Thinking about buying this one.
  • Doc_EggertonDoc_Eggerton Posts: 4,518

    The most delicious turkey I ever made.  Working on a Canadian Bacon right now.

    XLBGE X 2, LBGE, MBGE and lots of toys

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