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Top 10 Books on Grilling

Read up on all the best techniques, recipes, and ideas for backyard grilling


A great book on grilling gives you loads of recipes with a lot instruction to help you be the best griller you can. These books are the best you can buy and give you recipes, examples and enough instruction to get the beginner going and to make the master better. These books are for general grilling skills both gas and charcoal.

1. The Thrill of the Grill: Techniques, Recipes, & Down-Home Barbecue

Thrill of the Grill
Chris Schlesinger and John Willoughby are masters of grilling, barbecue and meat. This book is their first pairing and is the book that taught the world that backyard grilling was more than burgers and steaks. This is probably the one book you have to have whether you are a serious master of the grill or just starting out. This book almost single-handedly changed the landscape of the cookout.
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2. Grilling: Where there's smoke there's flavor

Grilling: Where There's Smoke There's Flavor
DK Publishing
Eric Treuille is a classically trained French chef taking to grilling, but don't worry, his no nonsense style gets to the heart of the matter and shows you how to dress up a simple cookout and turn it into a full meal. This book has become a classic of grilling in part because in converts the world's greatest cuisines to the modern grill. This book is great if you are interested in being able to grill for months without getting board.
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3. Gastro Grilling

Gastro Grilling
Penguin Canada
Ted Reader is one of the great gurus of the grill and this is his best book yet. Inspired by the original intention of the Gastropub, where fresh ingredients and new methods meet pub favorites, Ted has taken mainstays of the grill and re-imagined them in truly wonderful ways. This book is both beautiful and thorough, providing instructions all virtually every method of grilling. I recommend this book for anyone that is not only serious about grilling, but serious about food. There is more than something for everyone in here.
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4. Weber's Real Grilling

Weber's Real Grilling
Leisure Arts

Chef Jamie Purviance and Tim Turner team up again for this grilling book from Weber. Don't worry, you don't have to have a Weber to use this book though. With over 200 recipes and loads of instruction you'll be grilling everything from burgers to shrimp. The book has good information on grilling techniques and recipes for marinades and rubs so you'll be able set out on your own. The recipes are fancy enough to impress most anyone without being to complicated of artistic.

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5. License to Grill

License to Grill
Harper Collins
Chris Schlesinger and John Willoughby follow up the classic Thrill of the Grill with this book that takes you one step beyond. While a complete grilling book on it's own all the recipes are new and unique. If you love Thrill of the Grill you need this book. These guys know grilling and cooking and this book isn't just a great cookbook, it's a good read. You can really tell how much these guys love cooking outback.
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6. The Barbecue! Bible

The Barbecue Bible
Workman Publishing
Either Steven Raichlen had great timing with this book, or this book changed the way people see outdoor cooking. While titled the Barbecue Bible, this book is almost completely about grilling. Steven Raichlen traveled the world to bring out the grilling traditions of every culture. This book with have you making everything from Japanese Yakitori to the good ol' American Hamburger. A great book, packed with recipes. While Steven Raichlen has followed up this book, it is still his classic.
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7. The Cook's Illustrated Guide To Grilling And Barbecue

Cook's Illustrated Guide to Grilling and Barbecue
Cook's Illustrated
The author's of Cook's Illustrated are nothing if not thorough. This voluminous cookbook must be considered the ultimate "science of cooking" barbecue and grilling book. They attack ever preconceived notion with trial after trial, working their way down to the bare bones of outdoor cooking. This book is universal to outdoor cooking and addresses every method. It might not be the kind of glossy inspiration cookbook, but if you have a question, you will most likely find the answer here.
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8. Ribs, Chops, Steaks, & Wings

Ribs, Chops, Steaks, & Wings by Ray Lampe
Chronicle Books
Ray Lampe, aka Dr BBQ, is a world class barbecue champion, fantastic griller, recipe developer, and really nice guy. In Ribs, Chops, Steaks, & Wings, Ray focuses in on some of the most popular foods to hit the grill. The 44 recipes in this little book use loads of flavor to make the most of dishes perfect for tailgating, cookouts, and meals any day of the week.
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9. Born to Grill: An American Celebration

Born to Grill
Harvard Common Press
Cheryl Alters Jamison and Bill Jamison helped revolutionize true barbecue with their Sublime Smoke. In this book they put forth a great cookbook on grilling. With loads of recipes, practical advice and just enough instruction, this book really stands out as a great grilling book. The recipes cover virtually everything from appetizers to desserts. A great book with great recipes from people who really know food.
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10. Weber's Charcoal Grilling

Weber's Charcoal Grilling
Weber-Stephen Products Company
Chef Jamie Purviance has again teamed up with Weber to produce another great cook book. This one, however, stands out as a grilling book specifically written for the charcoal grill. If you are interested in returning to charcoal, this book is a definite must have. Filled with great recipes (of course) and loads of information about charcoal, charcoal grills and all the special techniques you have to master to be a great charcoal cook.
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