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Great Cookbooks for Smokers and Grills

Recommended Books (alphabetical)

bullet365 Great Barbecue and Grilling Recipes more info / order it
Authors: Lonnie Gandara and Peggy Fallon
Description: Unusual grilled appetizers, main course meats and poultry, vegetable 
accompaniments, and even "grilled" salads.  

Examples: Ginger Beef Bites, Chicken Sate with Peanut Sauce
bulletBarbecue America more info / order it
Authors: Rick Browneand and Jack Bettridge
Description: An introduction to the phenomenon of barbecue.  The recipes are fantastic, easy to follow, and produce world-class barbecue dinners. 
Examples:  Barbecue Memphis style, Texas style or Kansas City style; how to cook bbq brisket like Texas pitmasters
bulletBobby Flay's Boy Meets Grill more info / order it
Author: Bobby Flay
Description: Flay gets busy in his own backyard cooking up a fresh batch of 125 bold new no-nonsense and easy-to-follow recipes for grilling mouthwatering meat, fish, and poultry dishes, along with fantastic one-of-a-kind beverages and surefire desserts.
Examples: dry-rubbed rib-eye steak with mesa barbecue sauce,  Grilled pork loin sandwiches with spicy mango ketchup, Red snapper grilled in corn husks with roasted jalapeno-lime butter, Jerry's tequila punch.
bulletBorn to Grill: An American Celebration
Author: by Cheryl Alters Jamison and Bill Jamison
Description: You can tell from this book or any of the Jamisons' others that this couple likes to cook outdoors. In every recipe, they like to "fire up the grill." Their recipes are somewhat creative and have the sound of those from folks who like to eat (Banana-Glazed Butterflied Pork Chops, Garlic and Guac Burger, Bourbon Turkey Breast Filets, Cinnamon Chicken With Crunchy Cashew Relish).
     There also are bits on grilling principles, wood chips and chunks, and gas and charcoal grills. While this may not be the best first grill book (no chicken breast 101 here), it's a nice one to add to any collection.
bulletJohn Willingham's World Champion Bar-B-Q more info / order it
Author: John Willingham
Describes the hows and whys of the slow-cooking method and includes information on equipment, temperature, ingredients, and cook-off contests.
Examples: Grilled Pork Loin Roast, Herbed Shrimp with Basil, Honey Mustard-Glazed Ribs, Hot Sauce-Marinated Chicken.
bulletLicense to Grill more info / order it
Authors: Chris Schlesinger and John Willoughby
Description: Heavy on the lighter fare with more vegetables, more seafood, more pasta, and more surprisingly grillable fruits.  
Examples: Grilled Eggplant with Sweet Chile Sauce to Almond-Crusted Grilled Salmon, Vermicelli with Grilled Shrimp and Spinach, and even Grilled Oranges with Hoisin Glaze.
bulletPaul Kirk's Championship Barbecue Sauces more info / order it
Author: Paul Kirk's 
Covers the classic American sauces - with tomatoes, mustard, sugar, or vinegar at their base - and offers up a
vwealth of fresh and creative brews flavored with such things as raspberries, pineapple, ginger, chile peppers, and more. 
Examples: Spice mixtures, rubs, marinades, bastes, and sauces.
bulletSmoke and Spice more info / order it
Author: Cheryl Alters Jamison and Bill Jamison
Description: A must have cookbook if you love smoking low and slow (180-220° F). Devoted to smoke-cooked barbecue.  300-plus recipes. Smoke and Spice won a James Beard award!
Highly Recommended!
Examples: Kansas City Sloppy Ribs, Bourbon Glazed Ribs, Cajun Ragin' Rub, Red Eye Butt, Going Whole Hog, Martini Lamb, Worth-The-Wait Turkey, A Honey Of A Lobster Tail, Apple City Baby Back Ribs
bulletThe Barbecue! Bible more info / order it
Author: Steven Raichlen
The definitive cookbook on global grilling, offering tips and techniques for all kinds of live fire cooking-from rotisserie to fire roasting gathered while on a three-year, 25-country pilgrimage.
Examples: Shrimp Mousse on Sugarcane, Grilled Snails, Korean Sesame-Grilled Beef, Peruvian Beef Kebabs, Argentinian Veal and Chicken Kebabs, North Carolina-Style Pulled Pork, Sesame Spinach.
bulletThe Best Recipe Grilling & Barbecue more info / order it
Author: by the editors of Cook's Illustrated magazine
Description: Combine Consumer Reports with a cookbook and you'll get this big book from the folks at Cook's Illustrated, a magazine known for its painstaking attention to every possible food preparation detail."We lit more than 5,000 fires to find the absolute best way to grill," the cover says of its 400 "exhaustively" tested recipes, from grilled bruschetta and pizza to charcoal-grilled squid. But before the recipes come somewhat exhaustive descriptions, such as 3½ pages on grilling burgers and five pages talking chicken.
Examples: from grilled bruschetta and pizza to charcoal-grilled squid 
bulletThe Gas Grill Gourmet more info / order it
Author: A. Cort Sinnes 
For outdoor cooks who prefer the ease of gas-burning grills
Examples: Tandoori Chicken, Turkey Tonnato, Jamaican Jerked Pork Tenderloin.
bulletThe Great Ribs Book more info / order it
Author: Hugh Carpenter
dozens of delicious recipes for ribs--spareribs, baby back, country-style--inspired by cuisines all over the world: , and more. 
Examples: Szechuan Fire Ribs, Moroccan Glazed Ribs, Southwest Barbecued Ribs
bulletThe Thrill of the Grill more info / order it
Authors: Chris Schlesinger, John Willoughby and Vincent Lee
This lively book makes grilling exotic with hot, spicy, taste thrills. 
Examples: Duck Steak with Cumin, Molasses and Ancho Chili Glaze, Jerk Chicken with Banana Guavava ketchup, Rosemary-Grilled Rabbit with Cumberland Sauce.
bulletWeber's Art of the Grill more info / order it
Author: Jamie Purviance
offers over a hundred grilling recipes tailored to contemporary 
Examples: lifestylesClassic steaks and burgers to Cedar-Planked Salmon, fiery Diablo Shrimp, elegant Smoked Chicken Risotto, and succulent Rack of Lamb with Tomato Pesto. 
bulletWeber's Big Book of Grilling more info / order it
Author: Jamie Purviance and Sandra S. McRae 
Description: After taking barbecuing to new heights a few years ago with "Weber's Art of the Grill" (see above), the grill-maker has gone more down-home.  It's latest recipe epic, a hefty, softbound book, has a recipe for every day of the year. The "Big Book" is more fun, from its slightly silly tone ("In the beginning, there was fire, and it was good") to old black-and-white photos of guys standing around grills in sport shirts.
Examples: Simple Salmon Marinade,  Tía Maria Skirt Steak, Tequila Shrimp

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