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bksmoke 05-01-2013 03:01 PM

Best smoke book
hi all and thanks for welcoming into the fraternity

questions. of all the smoking books out there claiming to be the best, what would be the general consensus amongst the brethren to purchase? i want to avoid having to buy several...

many thanks

ps. i noticed lots of different forum threads and simply chose the top one. if this is not the right place to post these kinds of questions, please advise. ty
pps. do i have to check back here for responses or will i get an email notification should someone respond?

GARNAAL 05-01-2013 03:05 PM

here some free ones to start with..

aawa 05-01-2013 03:09 PM

I just recently purchased these two books off amazon.

They both provide great recipes and good background stories of it all. I am not sure what everybody else thinks about it, but I thought they were interesting reads and gave some good quality recipes to start your bbq journey with.

VeRTiGo91 05-01-2013 03:12 PM

I got these exact two books for Christmas from my in-laws. Definitely great reading. I've been looking more at Big Bob Gibson's book, but both are chock full of recipes and ideas!

SmokinJohn 05-01-2013 03:13 PM


I was looking at some Kindle version of books on smoking, and I read the intro to Myron Mixon's book. Is he arrogant? Yup. Does he talk smack? Yup. Can he back it up? YUP YUP YUP.

If I were going to buy a book, it would be his. Seems to me that if you want Donald Trump's money, you should learn from Donald.

That being said, there's enough wisdom in these forums to make you a great smoker (for free). Lurk. Ask questions. Build a UDS. Find a CL Score. Make some ABTs. Burn a Fatty. Have fun.

Trumpstylz 05-01-2013 03:14 PM


Originally Posted by bksmoke (Post 2466882)
pps. do i have to check back here for responses or will i get an email notification should someone respond?

You have to check back.

My local library has every bbq book you could imagine (and pretty much every other book in existence) and my absolute favorites are Serious Barbecue by Adam Perry Lang and Big Bob Gibson's BBQ book by Chris Lilly.

The Dr BBQ and Myron Mixon books weren't bad either, but the first two are my absolute favorite.

Sadly, my local library does not have wicked good bbq, but I've heard its great. Also, I haven't gotten around to Paul Kirk's book or Peace Love and BBQ, but those are on my list.

There is a single copy of Serious Barbecue on Amazon for $28 at the moment- someone here should jump on it. Won't last long.

Trumpstylz 05-01-2013 04:56 PM

I don't need it b/c the library has it, but if someone on here doesn't get it soon then I might snag it for myself.

Thermal Mass 05-01-2013 05:16 PM

x2 on Wicked Good, I also recommend this one:

Legends of Texas Barbecue Cookbook: Recipes and Recollections from the Pit Bosses

Oh and "Welocme" aboard ! :-D

K-JUN 05-01-2013 05:22 PM


Originally Posted by bksmoke (Post 2466882)
pps. do i have to check back here for responses or will i get an email notification should someone respond?

I think if you subscribe to the thread you can choose email notification.

DriverWild 05-01-2013 05:49 PM

I think it depends on your level of expertise and if your looking for recipes, techniques, bbq history, dining locations, comp's or backyard? If you're looking for a book to help in comp's keep your money. None of them are going to come close to a class, mentor or experience. Most will give you the basics but not enough to come close to winning. That's just reality, no one is going to give you what you need to win for $19.95. If you're just starting out and want to learn the basics there are a ton of great references online (esp here). If you really want a book then pick one that will best fit your style whether it's hot/fast, low/slow or regional tastes. JMHO...

1MoreFord 05-01-2013 08:20 PM

Quick!! Grab the $28 used Serious BBQ here.
That's a bargain these days.

Peace, Love, & BBQ is one of my favs.

Wampus 05-01-2013 09:37 PM

Are you looking for recipes and a how-to sort of book to get started with I assume?

APL's "Serious BBQ" is a great read and also has many recipes. He really does a great job laying out the basics and an interesting read.

Steve Raichlen's "How To Grill" got me started with grilling and smoking a long time ago. He lays it out real nicely too. Makes it easy to follow.

Raichlene's "BBQ USA" has a CHITLOAD of recipes. Fantastic one that.

I also have "Wicked Good BBQ". Also fantastic for recipes. Very well put together book.

ALSO....Paul Kirk's "Championship BBQ" is hard to beat.

Mad About Que 05-01-2013 10:25 PM

if you're looking for recipes try seriously. or the search on places like this. as for books, I like the history of stuff. smokestack lightening is a good read. but I have two goto books on my shelf here. Myrons new one (which he signed - "don't burn that sh*t up", and Mike Mills 'Peace, Love and BBQ'. great books. myrons is basically a verbal version of the class at his house, but with different recipes than what he hands out.

westy 05-02-2013 02:47 AM

I would go with Big Bob Gibsons BBQ Book and APLs Serious Barbecue.

markdtn 05-02-2013 06:59 AM

As a backyard cook, I really like the Big Bob Gibson book. I have not made anything yet from there that wasn't good. The herb chicken qtrs are a family favorite. I have Myrons book and I want to go to his class, but what I made seemed off a little. I have heard not to trust the proportions in there. I want to go to his class and find out. I have Wicked Good and Mike Mills book and enjoyed reading them too. Have not made enough from either to have an opinion yet.

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