Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Curl Up to Next to the Smoker with a Good BBQ Cookbook

By Dru Chai

I love curling up next the grill/smoker to read a good BBQ cookbook. Okay, maybe not literally curl up to the smoker. A lawn chair will do just fine. Here are a few books that I recently checked out for this year's BBQ season.

Southern Living Ultimate Book of BBQ
Excellent, all-around BBQ book that includes 200+ recipes with plenty of photos. The first half of the book provides step-by-step directions on prepping meat like baby back ribs, beef short ribs, pork butt, brisket, and smoked chicken. The second half is all about recipes with a southern twist.
[Dirty Smoke BBQ rating: 4/5 stars]

Secrets to Smoking on the Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker
Good BBQ cookbook with a variety of recipes and vibrant photos, but lacking in detailed techniques and how-to directions for the main meats like brisket, ribs, and pork. Although the book specifically mentions techniques for the WSM, the tips are good for any backyard smoker. Love the unique recipes like pizza-wrapped burger and "chicken bombs."
[Dirty Smoke BBQ rating: 3/5 stars]

Grilled Pizza the Right Way
I'm a big fan of grilled pizza. When done the right way, there's no need for any fancy, expensive pizza ovens. Not only does this book have some great recipes with gorgeous photos, but also dedicated chapters for grilling techniques. Looking forward to trying more grilled pizza recipes from this book.
[Dirty Smoke BBQ rating: 4/5 stars]

Grilling With House of Q
This BBQ cookbook doesn't really distinguish itself from the competition. The recipes are very standard, and there are no detailed step-by-step directions with accompanying photos. I wasn't a fan of the sections in which the author was explaining the backstory behind their BBQ rub and sauces -- it just felt like a blatant attempt to sell more product.
[Dirty Smoke BBQ rating: 2/5 stars]