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  • mdmiller36
    Club Member
    • Mar 2018
    • 7
    • Carrollton, Georgia

    outdoor cookbooks

    What are some of y’alls favorite bbq cook books? Also, best pizza making cookbook?
  • Sweaty Paul
    Founding Member
    • Aug 2014
    • 1410
    • Hays, KS
    • Green Mountain Grill - Jim Bowie
      (I've never regretted having too much grate space).

      Weber Genesis Gas grill
      Weber Kettle grills x 2

    Love Meatheads book.


    • EdF
      Club Member
      • Jul 2016
      • 3201
      • Atlantic Highlands, NJ
      • Uuni Pro (new kid in town)
        Karubeque C-60
        Large BGE since 2002 + plate setter + pizza stone + upper grid + stainless paella pan for drippings (the best!)
        TEC Cherokee FR since 2014 (portable infrared grill - does a mighty sear)
        Polyscience Sous Vide Pro since 2012 (wasn't much else available in those days)
        Thermapen Air
        ThermaQ (or its predecessor)
        Thermoworks Hi temp IR
        BBQ Dragon & Chimney of Insanity
        Various other stuff

      Meathead, Kenji Lopez-Alt's The Food Lab (not specifically outdoor oriented), Ken Forkish' The Elements of Pizza. Of course, there are a bunch of others, including Henrik 's Barbecue, Smoke and Fire, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's River Cottage Meat Book (again, not strictly outdoors, but transferable), Corinne Trang's The Asian Grill, ...
      Last edited by EdF; May 14, 2018, 06:13 PM.


      • HorseDoctor
        Charter Member
        • Sep 2014
        • 1147
        • Central Iowa

        I'll add Aaron Franklin's A Meat Smoking Manifesto to the list...


        • EdF
          EdF commented
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          And recipes on this site!
      • SmokeyGator
        Club Member
        • Jul 2016
        • 825
        • Miami, FL
        • Primo XL
          Cyberq controller
          Sierra Nevada IPA

        I have a few cooking books, including Larousse Gastronomique and both volumes of "mastering the Art of French cooking".

        But my BBQ specific books include Meathead's book (which was a great help to me), Henrik's book (still reading it) and "barbecue sauces, rubs and marinades" by Steven Raichlen (more of a straight up recipie book, but that is what I wanted).


        • jgreen
          Charter Member
          • Oct 2014
          • 2716
          • Winnipeg Manitoba Canada
          • Cookers:
            Broil King XL
            Broil King Smoke
            Weber Kettle 26
            Grilla Pellet smoker
            Capital 40 natural gas
            Napoleon Pro 22 kettle

            Maverick 733
            Thermapen (ok..4 thermapens)
            Thermo works DOT (or two)
            Fireboard (probably my favourite)
            Thermworks Smoke (or two)

            SnS (original, plus and XL)
            DnG pans, 6 or 7 of these
            and, maybe some other toys as well

          Learn something from all of them. Fun reading when you can’t be cooking.


          • ssandy_561
            Charter Member
            • Apr 2015
            • 1155
            • Central OHIO

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            • ILikePigButts
              Club Member
              • Dec 2017
              • 75
              • Northeast Ohio

              Cooking with Fire by Paula Marcoux is pretty fun and inspiring. Shows you how to cook outdoors, making your own spit, cooking bread in a hearth, even a section on building an outdoor oven.

              Also, Mallmann on Fire is just great.


              • mdmiller36
                Club Member
                • Mar 2018
                • 7
                • Carrollton, Georgia

                Thank you all for the help. I am going to buy a couple of the ones y’all recommended and ask for a couple more for Father’s Day.


                • rodkeary
                  Club Member
                  • Jan 2017
                  • 196
                  • Pacific Northwest
                  • Weber Genesis
                    Bradley Smoker


                  This was my very first BBQ book. I used it frequently before I found this site.


                  • Attjack
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                    • Aug 2017
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                      Blaze BLZ-4-NG 32-Inch 4-Burner Built-In
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                      - With Rotisserie
                      Empava 2 Burner Gas Cooktop
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                    • N227GB
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                      • Feb 2018
                      • 325
                      • Fort Myers, FL
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                      Originally posted by mdmiller36 View Post
                      Also, best pizza making cookbook?
                      Raichlen's Barbecue Bible has an excellent basic pizza dough recipe with a little bit of cornmeal and whole wheat flour in addition to the white flour. I've had the book since it was published 20 years ago, and right now the Amazon Kindle version is 99 cents. In fact, check out the current Deal forum because there are several good ones there right now on Kindle. What's posted there so far this year has more than paid for my membership here.

                      About the pizza recipe; I used to call Raichlen's tomato, basil and cheese recipe First Date Pizza. Between the addition of whole wheat flour, cornmeal, and the chargrilled tomatoes, you could knock it out of the park.


                      • Attjack
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                        I've never tried Raichlen's dough recipe. I can however recommend Ken Forkish's The Elements of Pizza book pictured above.
                    • Omega-Man
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                      • Mar 2017
                      • 172

                      Marcella Hazan
                      In that Order


                      • PopsBBQ
                        Former Member
                        • May 2018
                        • 31
                        • Boise, ID

                        I just received Meatheads book and I am loving it.


                        • Danjohnston949
                          Former Member
                          • Dec 2014
                          • 4419
                          • 1410 9th. St. N, Fargo ND

                          An Enviable Compilation Of Cook Bookss Listed Here‼️ I Believe I Have Them All and Try To Gift As Many AS THE POCKET BOOKS ALLOWS‼️ HOT TIP: Never Pass A Thrift Store, Garage Sale, Or Used Book Store
                          Without Checking Their Cook Book Offerings‼️ I've Bought Beau Coupe No's For $.50 - $1.00 Each‼️ Good Enough For My Friends❓, Neighbor's❓, and Relatives❓❓ My Last New Book Purchase Was
                          Henrik 's Englsh Version of "BARBECUE fire and smoke"
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