Five for Friday: 5 BBQ / Cooking Books to Check Out

There is a need for some variety from me in 2014.  So I’m going to try out something new this year to see how it works.  Every Friday (or maybe every other Friday, or every 3rd Friday) I plan to publish a list of 5 things that may be of interest to the BBQ and outdoor cooking world.  It could be anything — books, rubs, sauces, blog posts… the possibilities are endless!  And it doesn’t have to be new — the posted items could be things that are tried and true in the world of BBQ and outdoor cooking.

So for my inaugural Five for Friday post, let’s start out with 5 BBQ / cooking books from the bookshelf that I think you should check out!

The Great Meat Cookbook

The Great Meat Cookbook

If there was a definitive textbook for cooking meat, this book would definitely be in consideration.  Bruce Aidells (you may recognize the name) has quite the guide here for buying and cooking meat.  In this 632 page (in hardback) book, he presents a deep dive into all things meat-related.  Some of the topics covered include buying local and sustainable product, picking out the appropriate cuts, various cooking methods, and so on.  There is also a charcuterie section focusing on sausages, pâtés, etc. Plus there are more recipes in this book than you can imagine!  The photography in this book is spot-on as well.  The one drawback: this book does not cover poultry or seafood.

Link to purchase: Amazon

Wicked Good Barbecue

Wicked Good Barbecue

This book is not for the faint at heart.  Andy Husbands and Chris Hart present many different recipes that simply blow your mind.  From their award-winning ribs and brisket to Blues Hog foam, you never know what’ll appear next!

Link to purchase: Amazon

Peace, Love, and Barbecue

Peace, Love, and Barbecue

I’ve reviewed this book in the past, and it is still one of my all-time favorite BBQ books out there.  This book, written by Mike Mills and Amy Mills Tunnicliffe, has it all.  From tips and techniques to recipes to stories and entertaining anecdotes, this may quite possibly be the perfect barbecue book.

Link to purchase: Amazon, or you can purchase it directly from 17th Street BBQ and get it autographed!

Great Meat

Great Meat

I just received this book a few days ago, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the read thus far.  Like “The Great Meat Cookbook”, this book gives a great explanation of various cuts of meat along with the most suitable preparation methods.  While a lot of the recipes in this book are meant for the indoor oven, they can be adapted for outdoor cooking.  Plus there is a distinct British flavor in this book with some of the recipes.

Link to purchase: Amazon

Holy Smoke: The Big Book of North Carolina Barbecue

Holy Smoke: The Big Book of North Carolina Barbecue

The final book on today’s list may be the definitive authority of North Carolina BBQ.  While this book does contain detailed recipes for traditional NC BBQ fare, the big draw of this book is in the details.  The book authors trace the origins of NC BBQ and wax poetic on the resulting schism and rivalry between Eastern style and Piedmont styles of BBQ.  The book also gives great detail into how BBQ has embedded itself in NC culture and continues to remain so today.

Link to purchase: Amazon

So there you have it!  Let me know how you liked the format of this post and what you think the next Five for Friday should be.  Also, if anyone wants to send me a copy of the book Charcuterie, that would be awesome!

  • http://twoguns.tumblr.com/ Tommy

    Agree about Holy Smoke. Can’t recommend that book enough.