We like to think we give you some great and useful information here at the BBQ Barbecues blog, after all we spend quite a lot of time coming up with content we think you’ll love. However, we’re not going to deny that there are other sources of detailed barbecue information out there. It’s not just the Internet where you can find these juicy slices of meaty information though, barbecue books are alive and well with literally thousands at your flame tinged fingertips.
The problem with a lot of cookbooks is that people tend to buy them fully intending to use them, only to end up with a shelf stacked with untouched cooking tomes sitting in their kitchen. The four cookbooks we’ve picked below are the best of the bunch and really deserved to be picked up every time you’re planning on getting the barbecue out; if only to bring some innovation and uniqueness to the grill and not just serve the usual sausages and burgers. These barbecue books will probably end up with barbecue sauce splattered across their pages as you lie it beside you whilst cooking, but you’ll end up with some of the best barbecued food you’ve ever tasted – and your guests will appreciate that too!
1. The Barbecue! Bible by Steven Raichlen
There’s a reason why this book calls itself The Barbecue! Bible, it’s a book that anyone interested in creating new barbecue concoctions will probably end up worshipping until the pages are dog-eared. Packed with over 500 recipes author Steven Racihlen begins by providing a comprehensive introduction to the world of grilling; taking you step by step through types of grills, what fuels to use, grill maintenance, an introduction to grilling different types of food and even what sauces to use.
The recipes in this book are compiled from years of travelling the world, taking in the different methods of cooking and foods of cultures around the world. There’s even a section for starters and drinks to have with your barbecue. Open up the book on any page and you’re sure to find something worth trying, so if you’re ever wanting to cook something new on the BBQ then this is the best of the barbecue books for you.
2. Pitt Cue Co. Cookbook: Barbecue Recipes and Slow Cooked Meat from the Acclaimed London Restaurant by Tom Adams, Jamie Berger, Simon Anderson and Richard H. Turner
Pitt Cue Co. is actually a small BBQ restaurant based in London, one that comes with some pretty excellent reviews. It began life as a food van that was intended to bring the delights of the American BBQ to the London street food scene, with delicious pulled pork and a variety of other mouth-watering meats. They soon became popular enough to set up a bricks and motor location, although it’s a small place that only seats 30 people and has a no-reservations policy. So, if you happen to live in or are just visiting London you should expect to queue.
Thankfully the food is apparently worth queuing for, and if you want to take the delights of the place home with you – or can’t be bothered to queue/aren’t planning on being in London anytime soon – then you can at least have a go at cooking their Southern US-style barbecue delights yourself with their very own cookbook. With sections on meats, sauces, rubs, drinks, snacks and more – including recipes for their Pickle Backs and their apparently ‘beautiful’ Pulled Pork Shoulder – this is one cookbook that’s perfect when you fancy something from our transatlantic friends.
3. Bobby Flay’s Barbecue Addiction by Bobby Flay and Stephanie Banyas
Bobby Flay is an American celebrity chef who can be seen on such Food Network shows as Boy Meets Grill and BBQ with Bobby Flay. He’s widely known for his skills on the grill, and this book was released to tie in with his show Bobby Flay’s Barbecue Addiction. It’s a beautifully presented book, with large colourful photographs of what the food should look like once you’ve worked Bobby’s magic on it (fingers crossed it will!). The book also explains how to cook barbecue food on a variety of set-ups, so you’re going to get a little more than just standard grill explanations.
Aside from recipes for smoky barbecued ribs and other tasty meats the book also includes his signature dishes; including Smoked Prime Rib with Red Wine Steak Sauce, Hot Smoked Salmon with Apple and Apple Wood Smoked Turkey Breast with Chile-Cinnamon Rub. There’s also a selection of cocktail recipes that are perfect for a nice refresher through all that meat.
4. Wicked Good Barbecue: Fearless Recipes from Two Damn Yankees Who Have Won the Biggest, Baddest BBQ Competitions in the World by Andy Husbands, Chris Hart, Andrea Pyenson and Steven Raichlen
With a name like that you’re expecting something awesome from the off, and thankfully it more than lives up to its name. The unique angle to this book is that it gives you barbecue recipes for meat that is good enough to have won barbecue competitions; such as ‘The Ribs That Won The Jack Daniel’s World Championship’. In other words, you’re going to be cooking prize winning meat!
These might be classic BBQ favourites, but they’re remade with a new twist to the recipe that is obviously what made them prize winners in the first place. This is definitely a book for those who like a real barbecue and are passionate about making good food, rather than people who just throw a few frozen sausages on there and call it a day.
Of course, you’re going to need the kit to start using these barbecue cookbooks in the firstplace and we can easily sort you out for that.