Welcome to the other (the good) side of BBQ!
Few thoughts (personally I like books that have both good reading and
good recipes) -
- +1 on Myron and Chris Lilly's books, they're two that I've enjoyed and used more than most others.
- Peace, Love, and Barbeque by Mike Mills
- Smoke & Spice: Cooking With Wood, the Real Way to Barbeque by Cheryl Alters Jamison and Bill Jamison
- Serious Barbecue by Adam Perry Lang has some good background info (i.e., basic flavor profiles in rubs/spices, sauces, etc.) and recipes
- Legends of Texas BBQ by Rob Walsh
Here's a book thread in the roadmap section of the forum (i.e., hall of fame threads). http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/showthread.php?t=78441
If you're new to the forums, it's definitely worth spending some time reading through MANY excellent threads in the roadmap section (http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/showthread.php?t=7818
). I read through the various brisket threads last weekend and learned a thing or 10!