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Best Barbecue Books You Must Read

While there are many courses and tutorials online, learning from a book is still one of the best ways to greatly improve your skills. Below I have selected top Barbecue books.

1. Smokelore: A Short History of Barbecue in America (2019)

 Best Barbecue Books You Must ReadBarbecue: It’s America in a mouthful. The story of barbecue touches almost every aspect of our history. It involves indigenous culture, the colonial era, slavery, the Civil War, the settling of the West, the coming of immigrants, the Great Migration, the rise of the automobile, the expansion of suburbia, the rejiggering of gender roles. It encompasses every region and demographic group. It is entwined with our politics and tangled up with our race relations.Jim Auchmutey follows the delicious and contentious history of barbecue in America from the ox roast that celebrated the groundbreaking…
Author(s): Jim Auchmutey

2. Smokin’ with Myron Mixon: Recipes Made Simple, from the Winningest Man in Barbecue: A Cookbook (2011)

 Best Barbecue Books You Must Read  In the world of competitive barbecue, nobody’s won more prize money, more trophies, or more adulation than Myron Mixon. And he comes by it honestly: From the time he was old enough to stoke a pit, Mixon learned the art of barbecue at his father’s side. He grew up to expand his parent’s sauce business, Jack’s Old South, and in the process became the leader of the winningest team in competitive barbecue. It’s Mixon’s combination of killer instinct and killer recipes that has led him to three world championships and more than 180 grand championships and made him the breakout star of TLC’s…
Author(s): Myron Mixon, Kelly Alexander

3. Operation BBQ: 200 Smokin’ Recipes from Competition Grand Champions (2019)

 Best Barbecue Books You Must ReadOperation BBQ is a compilation of recipes from championship-winning barbecue teams who volunteer for disaster relief efforts across the United States. These unsung heroes develop BBQ dishes that wow crowds and judges everywhere, and then help feed displaced residents and emergency personnel―putting the “comfort” in “comfort food.” Here, more than 70 teams of grand and world champion pitmasters bring their prized recipes and powerful stories to life in this exceptional cookbook. You don’t have to be a master chef to make these recipes; they have been scaled…
Author(s): Cindi Mitchell, Stan Hays, et al.

4. Barbecue Sauces, Rubs, and Marinades–Bastes, Butters & Glazes, Too (2017)

 Best Barbecue Books You Must ReadBarbecue sauces, rubs, and marinades are every griller’s secret weapon—the flavor boosters that give grilled food its character, personality, depth, and soul. Steven Raichlen, America’s “master griller” (Esquire), has completely updated and revised his bestselling encyclopedia of chile-fired rubs, lemony marinades, buttery bastes, pack-a-wallop sauces, plus mops, slathers, sambals, and chutneys. It’s a cornucopia of all the latest flavor trends, drawing from irresistible Thai, Mexican, Indian, Cajun, Jamaican, Italian,…
Author(s): Steven Raichlen

5. Big Bob Gibson’s BBQ Book: Recipes and Secrets from a Legendary Barbecue Joint: A Cookbook (2009)

 Best Barbecue Books You Must ReadWinners of the World Championship BBQ Cook-Off for six years in a row and with hundreds of other contest ribbons as well, nobody does barbecue better than Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q in Decatur, Alabama. Chris Lilly, executive chef of Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q and great-grandson-in-law of Big Bob himself, now passes on the family secrets in this quintessential guide to barbecue.From dry rubs to glazes and from sauces to slathers, Lilly gives the lowdown on Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q’s award-winning seasonings and combinations. You?ll learn the unique flavors of different woods and…
Author(s): Chris Lilly

6. The Barbecue! Bible (2008)

 Best Barbecue Books You Must ReadNow the biggest and the best recipe collection for the grill is getting better: Announcing the full-color edition of The Barbecue! Bible, the 900,000-copy bestseller and winner of the IACP/Julia Child Cookbook Award. Redesigned inside and out for its 10th anniversary, The Barbecue! Bible now includes full-color photographs illustrating food preparation, grilling techniques, ingredients, and of course those irresistible finished dishes. A new section has been added with answers to the most frequently asked grilling questions, plus Steven’s proven tips, quick solutions…
Author(s): Steven Raichlen

7. Peace, Love, & Barbecue: Recipes, Secrets, Tall Tales, and Outright Lies from the Legends of Barbecue: A Cookbook (2005)

 Best Barbecue Books You Must ReadA one-of-a-kind collection of recipes, photographs, and behind-the-scenes stories from legendary pitmaster Mike Mills.In Peace, Love, & Barbecue – a unique combination of cookbook, memoir, and travelogue – Mike Mills, the unrivalled king of barbecue, shares his passion for America’s favorite cuisine–its intense smoky flavors, its lore and traditions, and its wild cast of characters.Through conversational anecdotes and black-and-white photographs, readers meet a diverse circle of colleagues and friends and join Mills in a behind-the-scenes tour of the barbecue contest…
Author(s): Mike Mills , Amy Mills Tunnicliffe, et al.

8. Everyday Barbecue: At Home with America’s Favorite Pitmaster: A Cookbook (2013)

 Best Barbecue Books You Must Read As the winningest man in barbecue, a New York Times bestselling cookbook author, and a judge on the hit show BBQ Pitmasters on Discovery’s Destination America, Myron Mixon knows more about smoking meat than any man alive. And now he’s on a mission to prove to home cooks everywhere that they can make great barbecue any day of the week—in the comfort of their own backyard or kitchen, no matter their skill level. Across the country at competitions and in his Pride & Joy Bar-B-Que restaurants, Mixon has proven that no other pitmaster’s food can touch his when he’s behind a smoker….
Author(s): Myron Mixon, Kelly Alexander

9. Pitmaster’s Log Book: Barbecue Notes & Perfected Recipes (2018)

 Best Barbecue Books You Must ReadPitmaster’s Log Book is your shortcut to Competition Quality Barbecue Document & capture all the essential variables of each cook. Then, with the easy to use page layout, figure out what you did right and where you can improve. In no time you will achieve a mastery of barbecue. Features: It doesn’t matter what you are cooking onWhatever your level of pitmaster expertise your barbeque can improve dramatically by using the Pitmaster’s Log Book. And it doesn’t matter what you are cooking or, if you have an offset smoker/barbecue pit, vertical smoker, pellet smoker, drum style…
Author(s): Rob Ainbinder, Michael Hall

10. BBQ USA: 425 Fiery Recipes from All Across America (2003)

 Best Barbecue Books You Must ReadSteven Raichlen, a national barbecue treasure and author of The Barbecue! Bible, How to Grill, and other books in the Barbecue! Bible series, embarks on a quest to find the soul of American barbecue, from barbecue-belt classics-Lone Star Brisket, Lexington Pulled Pork, K.C. Pepper Rub, Tennessee Mop Sauce-to the grilling genius of backyards, tailgate parties, competitions, and local restaurants. In 450 recipes covering every state as well as Canada and Puerto Rico, BBQ USA celebrates the best of regional live-fire cooking. Finger-lickin’ or highfalutin; smoked,…
Author(s): Steven Raichlen

11. Sous Vide BBQ: Delicious Recipes and Precision Techniques that Guarantee Smoky, Fall-Off-The-Bone BBQ Every Time (2018)

 Best Barbecue Books You Must ReadPacked with professional tips, helpful photos and step-by-step tutorials, this book shows how to use your sous vide’s precision temperature control to cook moist, flavorful meats every time.Then it goes further.Author Greg Mrvich reveals his proven techniques and secret tricks for juicy, tender meat with a crispy, caramelized bark and perfect, smoky flavor. With options for finishing outside in your smoker or on the grill, the book’s 50 recipes cover everything from backyard classics to gourmet creations, including:…
Author(s): Greg Mrvich

12. Arkansas Cookin’ (1975)

 Best Barbecue Books You Must ReadClassic Arkansas Recipes…
Author(s): Jean Wade

Best Barbecue Books You Must Read

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some barbecue books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

The BBQ Sauces, Rubs, and Marinades Cookbook ; American and International Barbecue Sauces Recipes for Poultry, Meat, Fish, Seafood, and Vegetables

Author(s): Shelton, Tiffany
ID: 2558449, Publisher: , Year: 2020, Size: 26 Mb, Format: epub

The BBQ Sauces, Rubs, and Marinades Cookbook ; American and International Barbecue Sauces Recipes for Poultry, Meat, Fish, Sea

Author(s): Shelton, Tiffany
ID: 2558450, Publisher: , Year: 2020, Size: 32 Mb, Format: pdf

Barbecue cookbook beginner: Grilling and Air Frying indoor grilling for all season, Complete guide for smoking type of meat

Author(s): Jönsson, Jamie
ID: 2664708, Publisher: , Year: 2020, Size: 279 Kb, Format: epub

Please note that this booklist is not absolute. Some books are absolutely best-sellers according to USA Today, others are composed by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant resources you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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