Learning to Grill
There’s no question that grilling can produce some of the most delicious dishes you’ll ever taste. What some might be unaware of is that they can also be the healthiest. Grilling or BBQ offers a lot of health benefits, more so than other cooking methods (even if you aren’t cooking organic). Not only is your meat full of flavor and juiciness, you also get to cook with less fat. Aside from the health benefits and the amazing taste, a grill means a cooler cooking environment and a cleaner kitchen. Yes, a grill can get very hot. But being outdoors with all that fresh air, maybe a slight breeze, is a great deal better than slaving over a hot stove indoors. And the fact is, when you do some outdoor cooking, you usually only have to clean your grill instead of scrubbing pots and pans as well as wiping your countertop and stovetop. And some grills even have a “self-cleaning” mode. How about that? But the best thing about a grill is that it is very versatile. It’s not a one-trick pony – for grilling burgers, brats, and steaks whenever you wish. You can literally cook just about anything on your grill. Meats, seafood, veggies, fruits, pizzas, pies, cakes, bread, etc. You just need to know how.
Whether you’re a backyard dabbler or a serious griller, you obviously want to create BBQ perfection with your grill. You also probably want to know how you can do more with your grill than just what you’ve seen on TV (or anywhere else). For some of the experienced ones, you’re probably wondering how you can up your grill game even more. Well, if you want expert grilling tips, tricks, and techniques, the best way to get them is from a professional. Someone who has tested and perfected the art of BBQ. Obviously, the easiest method of learning from these experts is from watching them or going to their classes. But if you can’t, then get the next best thing – buy books. Cookbooks, that is. A lot of outdoor chefs share their know-how, from firing up a grill to cooking the perfect steak, and their favorite recipes through these books.
But there are thousands out there! How do you know which one you should choose? Frankly, it can be hard because everyone has different needs/requirements. But we decided to take on the task of finding the best cookbooks that explore the world of BBQ and give both novice and seasoned grillers something to chew on. With our selection, you’ll get a lot of information on grilling basics, from coal arrangement to do’s and don’ts. You’ll improve your skills in prepping food (i.e. how to butterfly porkchops) and using your grill (i.e. direct and indirect cooking). You’ll even get a deeper understanding of the science of the barbecue – how heat, fire, meat, smoke, etc. all come together to create cooked perfection. Best of all, you’ll also learn how to cook like the masters of the grill.
Top 10 BBQ and Grilling Cookbooks
Meathead: The Science of Great Barbecue and Grilling
Franklin Barbecue: A Meat-Smoking Manifesto
Weber’s Way to Grill: The Step-by-Step Guide to Expert Grilling
Weber’s New Real Grilling: The Ultimate Cookbook for Every Backyard Griller
Myron Mixon’s BBQ Rules: The Old-School Guide to Smoking Meat
The Kamado Smoker and Grill Cookbook
The Official John Wayne Way to Grill: Great Stories & Manly Meals Shared By Duke’s Family
Big Green Egg Cookbook: Celebrating the Ultimate Cooking Experience
Smoking Meat: The Essential Guide to Real Barbecue
When it comes to grilling and BBQ, there’s always something new to learn – tips, tricks, and techniques you might never have considered. These 10 amazing cookbooks from various experts will not only give you recipes to add to your collection but enhance your skills as an outdoor chef. So, get reading and happy grilling!