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Feb 21, 2012 03:46 PM

Is there a best cookbook for learning how to smoke meat?

We love barbecued meats, the ribs, the briskets, poultry and on and on. So I finally bought a smoker, an 18" propane fired Smoke Vault, and socked in a collection of wood chunks to flavor the meat with. Yesterday on my first try I used Meathead's ( recipes to do a rack of baby backs and a whole chicken, and they were good. But I am looking for a book that will guide novices like me through the process and provide a variety of recipes. I see several on Amazon but wonder if our BBQing chowsers could recommend their favorite books on the subject. I confess I do like books that are well illustrated and recipes that are not complicated.

Thanks for the help.

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  1. The book "Smoke and Spice: Cooking with Smoke, the real way to Barbecue" by Cheryl and Bill Jamison

    This book is very highly thought of at Chowhound and at Amazon.

    1. Yes smoke and spice is a great book. Best place to start to get barbecues big classics down.
      Other books with more varied, non-traditional recipes including barbecuing, smoke roasting and grilling include the books by raichlen, schlessinger, etc. weber's big book of grilling by purviance is also a steal

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      1. re: malabargold

        Thanks guys,

        Then Smoke and Spice it will be. I do have a couple of grill books, but the technique is so different.

        1. re: junescook

          My two go-to books are Smoke & Spice, and Serious BBQ (by Adam Perry Lang). Serious BBQ is both a grilling and smoking book, and the recipes are more labour intensive, but I've made delicious meal after meal from that book.

      2. I think Adam Perry Langs "Serious Barbeque" is pretty impressive with lots of pictures and info I wish I'd found this book when I was first getting started but there's still enough for novice and experienced cooks.

        1. Smokin' with Myron Mixon is a solid Que book. Smoke & Spice was the first BBQ book I bought and I still use it from time to time but Myron's book is the one I grab when I get back into Que season. Sound basics and techniques and some of the best rub, injection and sauce recipes you will find.