You have to admit that when it comes to grilling, barbecue, and smoking meat, there are pros and there are also novices. If you belong to the latter group, there is hope. You can rise from a novice to a pro in barbecues with any of the books we have on our best bbq books list. The authors of these books have years of grilling experience accompanied by several awards and accolades. This review article is about the best bbq books your money can buy. Also, watch out for our top pick.
The Best BBQ Book
Aaron Franklin’s Barbecue Meat-Smoking Manifesto is a cookbook that is highly recommended when it comes to bbq books. A Meat-Smoking Manifesto is exactly what the book is, as it holds nothing back in the revolutionary way in which Aaron Franklin presents barbecue-making. He started his own revolution in the world of barbecue when he opened his barbecue joint in Austin, Texas. His joint went on to become one of the famous barbecue restaurants in the whole of the United States of America. Not only is this book considered one of the best bbq books in 2019, but it is also the best bbq cookbook ever for many buyers. One thing that makes his story so impressive is the fact that he became successful in a place that is already known for excellent barbecue-making. So, if you are interested in finding out what Aaron Franklin’s secret is, you have to get this book. In his book, he weaves his personal journey with hardcore writing on traditional smoking. Little wonder he calls it a meat-smoking manifesto. If you are serious about taking your barbecue and meat-smoking skills to the next level, this Franklin bbq cookbook has to be on your bookshelf.
Craig “Meathead” Goldwyn’s Science Of Great Barbecue And Grilling will teach you all you need to know about the science of making great barbecue. And yes, making a great barbecue is a science. And since it is not taught in science class (unfortunately), Meathead has made it available in this grilling cookbook. Considered as one of the best grilling cookbooks, Craig “Meathead” Goldwyn has combined humor, years of research, practical science, and his usual wittiness to provide this handbook about barbecue-making. In this hardcover book, Craig exposes some of the most common myths about backyard cooking. He also includes what he considers the best methods when it comes to grilling and barbecue. No wonder he is nick-named “Meathead”. And oh, he the a lot of recipes you can try at home. This book is an excellent package for anyone looking to begin their grilling and barbecue journey. It can be used by both experienced chefs and newbie cooks. Get this book and start impressing your friends with grilling knowledge and finger-licking barbecue. This book belongs on your bookshelf.
Stephen Raichlen’s Barbecue Sauces Marinades Bastes Butters Glazes may have a long title, but this book is also packed with sauces and toppings. You may be the best at grilling and smoking, but if you do not have the sauces, toppings, marinades, and rubs to go with your barbecue, that’s a job not completed. For you to have the utmost finger-licking and tongue-biting barbecue experience (and yes, a good barbecue can make you bite your tongue and even more), you need to know what to put on it or rub it with. You also need to know how to make it. Stephen Raichlen is called America’s “master griller” for a reason. This book is an encyclopedia of chile fired rubs, buttery bastes, lemony marinades, pack-a-wallop sauces, slathers, chutneys, sambals, plus mops, name them; this book has them. It also has all the latest flavor trends across the world. Try his combinations and bite your way from Jamaica, through to Mexico, Italy, India, France, and Thailand. Plus, Stephen has included two hundred recipes you can try at home. This includes a full sampler of dinner recipes that will make use of the sauces. All these come with full-colored photographs – so what are you waiting for?
Myron Mixon’s Recipes Made Simple, From The Winningest Man In Barbecue is the next book on our list. Myron Mixon has won countless awards when it comes to competitive barbecue-making. And he has brought his experience, skill, and secret to bear in this smoking meat book. Meat-smoking and barbecue have been part of Myron Mixon ever since he learned the skill from his father. Now, you have the chance to learn that skill too. Mixon took his knowledge further by expanding Jack’s Old South, his parent’s sauce business. While on that journey, he collected enough accolades to become the leader of the winningest team in competitive barbecue. Believe or not, there is a special trick to making the best barbecue. You also require a special skill to make this trick possible. Myron Mixon holds nothing back in this book when he teaches not only the trick, but the skill needed to take your barbecue making skill to another level. If you are tired of the old way you are used to making barbecue, this book is for you.
Steven Rinella’s MeatEater Fish Game Cookbook And Techniques is every hunter and angler’s cooking guide. Steven Rinella has taken his knowledge and experience over the years from hosting podcast services and television series, to this must-have book for every meat eater. If you have watched any of his television MeatEater series, you may have wished he could share all of his recipes. This book is an answered prayer of every MeatEater lover. In this book, he teaches several techniques and strategies for butchering and preparing game. He also lends his knowledge on the best way to prepare main meals and appetizers using small game like rabbits and squirrels. There is also a lot of information about how to prepare upland birds like Thanksgiving wild turkey and grilled grouse. The book is not about meat alone. Steven Rinella offers best practices advice about how to clean and cooking several varieties of freshwater fishes such as catfish, eels, and salmon. He also provides some recipes for saltwater fishes.do you want more? There is also information on how to prepare meals from crabs, crams, crayfish, mussels, bullfrogs, and even alligators.
Steven Raichlen makes another entry onto our list with his cookbook, Project Smoke. From Steven’s first entry, you know that he knows his way around the smoker. He also has in-depth knowledge about how to make the best barbecue. But Project Smoke is Steven’s first book, which focuses entirely on smoking meat. A great thing about this book is Steve’s unique global approach when it comes to smoking meat. In this book, he will take you through cold smoking and hardcore barbecue. This book I considered the best smoking meat book by many of its readers. You do not want to be left out. You can consider this cookbook as your all-in-one lesson when it comes to the art and alchemy of smoking meat. If you think you know every technique available in smoking meat, this book will school you. You will find techniques you did not even know existed. This book is your comprehensive guide to smoke-braising, cold smoking, stovetop smoking, tea smoking, name them. Give your meat-smoking skills something to brag about. This book is for your bookshelf!
The Barbecue Bible is next on our list. You can’t get enough of Steven Raichlen. This book has chalked up the best recipe collection for the grill. Is it safe to call it the best bbq recipe book? Grab a copy and find out. This book comes with a massive five hundred and thirty pages of comprehensive barbecue gymnastics. If you have watched any of Steven Raichlen’s television shows, you know that barbecue is his life. In this award winning-book cookbook, Steven holds nothing back as he shares with his readers five hundred of the best barbecue recipes you can find. Yes, five hundred. But that is not all; he also shares some tips and answers a lot of frequently asked questions about barbecue and grilling. This cookbook will transform you from a novice to a barbecue pro within a few pages. Raichlen’s recipes are gathered from a global collection, and they come with hundreds of full-color photographs for your viewing pleasure. Aside from the techniques and recipes, the cookbook will teach about some basic and advanced preparations you need to make before embarking on your barbecue project. Even if you are not religious, you ought to grab a copy of this bible!
Bob Devon’s hardcover cookbook, Complete Wood Pellet Barbeque Cookbook, will teach you everything you need to know about wood pellet barbeque. If you are a barbecue lover, you know how mouthwatering and scrumptious food prepared on a wood pellet grill can be. This guide contains all the information you need to become a professional and versatile outdoor cooker. In his book, Bob Devon explains in simple terms how you can use a wood pellet grill as a smoker, oven, grill, barbecue, broiler, and basically anything that requires outdoor cooking. No wonder Bob Devon is nick-named the barbecue master extraordinaire. He goes on to share some tasty recipes you can try with a touch of barbecue rubs, sauces, and marinades to transform your barbecue game from a child’s play to a pro. His techniques can also transform any simple food into a finger-licking treat. His recipes cover hot dogs, sausages, burgers, pork, chicken, pizza, vegetables, turkey, name them. Are you excited yet? Well, go grab a copy then!
Myron Mixon is back with another one – BBQ&A And Everything To Know About Barbecue. There are times when you wonder if it is possible to make a good barbecue without using a grill, a pit, or a smoker. Myron Mixon says, yes you can! So do not worry if you do not have a grill or a smoker at home. Be worried if you do not have Myron Mixon’s BBQ&A about everything barbecue. This book will answer all the questions swirling in your mind about barbecue-making. Plus, it will also teach you how to use a rub or marinade. It also answers questions concerning a brisket, whether or not to trim it, and how? Myron Mixon has written several books about barbecue and grilling. He has also appeared on several television shows and workshops, sharing his knowledge. In this book, he has combined everything he knows into tackling every question you can think of concerning barbecue. If you love his previous book on this list, you will love this one too.
Steven Raichlen rounds up our list with The Brisket Chronicles. The grill master is back! This time his book, The Brisket Chronicles, is here to help you take your brisket to the next level. This book offers you more than sixty delicious recipes for your outdoor and indoor grilled food. It will teach you how to braise meat, cure it, smoke it, boil it, and even bake it. Allow your imagination to be challenged by the endless possibilities in this book. If you know Steven Raichlen’s global collection of recipes, you know this book will have some international flavor to it. There is the Jamaican Jerk brisket you can try. There is also the pleasure of the Korean grilled brisket to enjoy. Other recipes include Jakes double brisket cheeseburgers, Passover brisket with dried fruits, and the Old School Pastrami and Kung Pao Pastrami. Are your taste buds tingling already? Get a copy of this book.
Our Top Pick
For our top pick, let us go back to an Aaron Franklin book. Franklin Barbecue: A Meat-Smoking Manifesto is our top pick for the best bbq books. To give a quick recap, this book is an in-depth study of what works and what not to try when it comes to low-and-slow cooking. It will equip you with all the techniques and information you need to make your tasty barbecue at home.