In addition to our great articles from guest writers (like this guide to smoking with Australian hardwoods), we are often asked for basic BBQ 101 tips from new enthusiasts and people who want to get into smoking.
Starting out on your new barbecue journey can be a bit intimidating and expensive, and although trial, error and practice will be your best bet for learning on the job, it can help to have a basic guide to what you are doing before you light your first fire.
As so many authors have already managed to write great books on the subject, we thought it would be helpful to put together a guide highlighting some of our favourite books on the art of barbecue. We can’t write it any better than these guys already have!
We recommend you try a few different books, and get a feel for the different styles of each pitmaster. After all, there are so many variables and individual techniques, and eventually you will develop your own signature methods.
Click on any of the covers to find out more and purchase any of these books. Best of all, shipping on all the below titles is free, even to Australia!
Low and Slow: Master the Art of Barbecue in 5 Easy Lessons
Smoke & Spice
Dr. BBQ’s Big-Time Barbeque Cookbook
Paul Kirk’s Championship Barbecue: BBQ Your Way to Greatness with 575 Lip-Smackin’ Recipes
Mastering Barbecue: Tons of Recipes, Great Tips, Neat Techniques, and Indispensible Know-How
Recipe & cookbooks
Jess Pryles’ Hardcore Carnivore
Big Bob Gibson’s BBQ Book: Recipes and Secrets from a Legendary Barbecue Joint
Franklin Barbecue: A meat-smoking manifesto
Fire and Smoke: A Pitmaster’s Secrets
Smokin’ with Myron Mixon
Pictorial, regional & historical
The Prophets of Smoked Meat: A Journey Through Texas Barbecue
Holy Smoke: The Big Book of North Carolina Barbecue
Barbecue Road Trips: In Search of America’s Best Sauces, Sides, Smoke and Rubs
Barbecue: The History of an American Institution
Memphis Barbecue: A Succulent History of Smoke, Sauce & Soul
Savage Barbecue: Race, Culture, and the Invention of America’s First Food
Do you have a favourite BBQ book that’s not on this list? Tell us about it on our Facebook group.