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May 1, 2011 09:19 AM

Looking for a good book on Smoking

Not sure if this post belongs here or Home Cooking, but it's a general topic. Anyway, I am interested in a good book for a newbie smoker (of the BBQ variety). I'm getting a Weber Smoky Mountain and I'm wondering if you 'hounds have any recommendations. I prefer books to YouTube videos. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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  1. I've had no complaints with 'Smoke & Spice' by Cheryl and Bill Jamison.

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    1. re: Bryan Pepperseed

      I'll second that. It's an excellent book.

      1. re: lawhound05

        Second the second. My most dog-eared cookbook.

        1. re: ricepad

          third the second (!?) - I love that book!

    2. If you have not already be sure to do the WSM required reading at the Virtual Weber Bullet site:

      "Smoke & Spice" was my first BBQ book and it is the best. Once you start getting comfortable with maintaining your temperatures "Paul Kirk's Championship Barbecue" is a great way to start moving up to the next level:


        Best all round I've found, and I've got pretty much all of them. Covers grilling and bbqing extensively and in detail, plus lots and lots of solid recipes.

        Also like Robb Walsh's Legends of Texas BBQ. More Texas style specific, but all Walsh's stuff reads well along with good recipes.

        1. OH !!!!!!!!!!!!!...................... now I get it ;o)))))

          Can't help, but the topic stopped me in my tracks.

          1. Thanks for all the suggestions. I'll be heading out to Borders this week to check out the Jamison book. I'm pretty good at grilling, but figured it was time to try my hand at smoking!

            BTW, thanks CDouglas for the recommendation for the virtualweberbullet website--great resource!

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            1. re: nofunlatte

              To break in your WSM try the BRITU recipe from the Virtual Weber Bullet site. Make sure smoke a few racks and invite some good friends over -the recipe is that good.