Whether you’re looking to build your own library of give a gift, check out this list of books about barbecue, grilling, meat and general cookery, split into easy to follow sections.
There’s nothing quite as treasured as a sauce-flecked cookbook stained with the evidence of kitchen trial and error. Sure, there are hundreds more titles than what I’ve listed here, but these ones are the ones I prefer and most that I own or use, too.
Below each title you will find a link to purchase the book both on Amazon and Book Depository (who for my non-US peeps, have free worldwide shipping!). Plus, because they’re affiliate links, they also help to support the running of this site.
Scroll through to reach the different sections (which are):
- Beginners Guides to BBQ
- BBQ Recipes and Cookbooks
- Barbecue: pictorial, regional & historial
- Meat & Beef books
- General Cooking
Beginners guides to BBQ
Smokin’ with Myron Mixon
The ‘Winningest Man In Barbecue” definitely knows what he is talking about, and that hair commands some serious respect, too. This book has some great simplified tips for those starting out. Amazon. Book Depository.
Low & Slow
BBQ recipes & cookbooks
Big Bob Gibson’s BBQ Book
Penned by world-champion pitmaster and all round nice guy Chris Lilly, this is a recipe book any low and slow enthusiast should own. It also features his signature chicken with Alabama white sauce. Amazon. Book Depository.
You don’t end up with a nickname like meathead for no good reason. Responsible for the most successful grilling and BBQ tips site on the entire internet, Meathead takes a scientific approach and explains the why, not just the how. Amazon. Book Depository.
The Smoking Bacon & Hog Cookbook
If you’re a fan of all things pork, this is the one for you. Written by a guy who has won the American Royal Invitational, this is everything you want to know about hog smoking. Amazon. Book Depository.
Smokin’ in the Boys Room
Barbecue: pictorial, regional & historial
Legends Of Texas Barbecue
The Prophets of Smoked Meat
One man’s journey through the hundreds of BBQ joints across Texas. It’s a role that landed him the title of BBQ Editor at Texas Monthly, the first of his kind anywhere in the world. Amazon. Book Depository.
The One True Barbecue
Meat & Beef Books
Whole Beast Butchery
The Whole Beast
Texas Cowboy Cooking
A collection of recipes from the famous Perini Ranch of Buffalo Gap, in Texas. Most of their steaks are done over mesquite coals, but there’s some great dessert recipes in there too. Amazon.
Smoke & Pickles
One of my favorite chefs, Ed Lee somehow managed to mash up classic Southern ingredients and recipes with traditional Korean flavors (just look at those amazing Asian inspired hot wings and waffles on the cover!). Amazon. Book Depository.
Pickles, Pigs & Whiskey
Chef Sean Brock recently aged a ham by hanging it in the rickhouse of a bourbon distillery. Obviously, there’s a lot we can all learn from this man. He’s also very into reviving heirloom and traditional Southern ingredients. Amazon. Book Depository.
The Food Lab
This is a seriously chunky book. Lopez-Alt has a super scientific approach to cooking, and questions everything from when to best salt your meat to what is the precise timing of a perfectly boiled egg. Amazon. Book Depository.