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 (amazingribs.com) 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.
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
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.
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.