The 12 Best Grilling Cookbooks for Backyard Cooks
12 books in list
Meathead: The Science of Great Barbecue and GrillingMeathead Goldwyn
Ranked in the 100 "best cookbooks of all time" by Southern Living, this lavishly illustrated book is a guide to grilling science. It includes 118 recipes that run the gamut of proteins from Last Meal Ribs to Schmancy Smoked Salmon to Rack Of Lamb Lollipops.
Guga: Breaking the Barbecue RulesGustavo Tosta
NEW! YouTube BBQ guru Gustavo "Guga" Tosta shares recipes for his bold dishes (sweet-and-spicy pork belly) as well his collection of sauces, rubs and seasonings for amping up grilled foods.
Bobby Flay's Grill It!: A CookbookBobby Flay
Celebrity chef Bobby Flay shares his insights on charcoal vs. gas, the best tools and ingredients for grilling, and his signature dishes like featuring dishes like Grilled Steak with Balsamic-Rosemary Butter.
Franklin Barbecue: A Meat-Smoking Manifesto [A Cookbook]Aaron Franklin
Texas barbecue fans know that it is special for its smoky and savory flavor, as well as its focus on beef rather than pork. One of the most celebrated pitmasters in America shares his Texas brisket recipe in this comprehensive guide to smoking meat.
Bludso's BBQ Cookbook: A Family Affair in Smoke and SoulKevin Bludso
This James Beard Award nominee heralded as one of 2022's best cookbooks is also about Texas-style barbecue done right and includes grilling guidance and recipes (Buffalo Rib Tips, Blackened Catfish) as well as personal reflections on the author's hometown of Compton, CA.
Rodney Scott's World of BBQ: Every Day Is a Good Day: A CookbookRodney Scott
For an easy and authentic Southern backyard barbecue, look no further than this book of classics from Lowcountry-style expert Rodney Scott! He walks you through the steps of cooking a whole hog, or just making a delicious mac'n'cheese.
Michael Symon's Playing with Fire: BBQ and More from the Grill, Smoker, and Fireplace: A CookbookMichael Symon
Iron Chef and restaurateur Symon goes into detail about different types of woods, meat cuts, marinades, and more. The recipes are inspired by his quest to find the best BBQ that the USA has to offer, but also include offerings from his own restaurant Mabel's in Cleveland.
Weber's Way to Grill: The Step-By-Step Guide to Expert GrillingJamie Purviance
This cookbook branded by the iconic American grill company Weber is highly technical, with detailed instructions and illustrations on grilling methods, seasoning techniques and sauces. A great starter manual for the grillmaster who wants step by step guidance.
How to Grill Everything: Simple Recipes for Great Flame-Cooked Food: A Grilling BBQ CookbookMark Bittman
Calling all vegetarians, flexitarians and even vegans: this one's for you! Food writer and healthy food advocate Mark Bittman offers 1,000 recipes on how to grill nearly any kind of food from vegetables to pizza to hamburgers.
Smoke & Spice, Updated and Expanded 3rd Edition: Cooking with Smoke, the Real Way to BarbecueCheryl Jamison
This James Beard Award-winning cookbook offers more than 400 recipes, including the popular Cherry-Glazed Baby Back Ribs.
The Barbecue! Bible: More Than 500 Great Grilling Recipes from Around the WorldSteven Raichlen
While so many grilling cookbooks focus on American traditions, this 500-recipe collection features traditions from around the world including Jamaican jerk chicken, Tuscan hearth cooking and tandoori flavors of India.
Project Smoke: Seven Steps to Smoked Food Nirvana, Plus 100 Irresistible Recipes from Classic (Slam-Dunk Brisket) to Adventurous (SmoSteven Raichlen
This is the how-to of smoking: cold smoking, hot smoking, smoke-roasting and smoke-braising. (We didn't even know cold smoking was a thing!) The book is ribs and pork heavy, but there's even a smoked dessert called smoked chocolate bread pudding.