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panic1978
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PostPosted: Wed May 04 05 1:44 am    Post subject: Whats the first book I should buy on smoking Reply with quote

I need something thats gonna hit everything....really teach me the basics.
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PostPosted: Wed May 04 05 4:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Paul Kirk's Championship Barbecue Cool Check it out on Amazon.com
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PostPosted: Wed May 04 05 5:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm going to check into that one too, thanks Jersey!
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PostPosted: Wed May 04 05 7:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

One of my favorite BBQ books in my Q library is LEGENDS of TEXAS BBQ. That's a great read with good recipes. Another one I have that is really good is Smoke and Spice... Hope this helps....
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PostPosted: Wed May 04 05 12:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jersey, any good reccommendations for chili books???? ha ha ha... thanks brotha
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PostPosted: Wed May 04 05 6:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No nothing in the chili department.. Haven't ventured into that area yet...
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PostPosted: Sat May 14 05 5:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I dont know of any chili books. Being from southern AZ originally I have cooked a fair share and variety. Happy to get ya started off. What kind do ya like? beef, pork, chicken, turkey, game? red or green? feel free to email me. surfbear945@msn.com.
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PostPosted: Sat May 14 05 6:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The book you may want to look into is:
Smoke and Spice by Cheryl Alters Jamison and Bill Jamison.
I have this book and the first couple of chapters are very good reading and good recipies.
Good luck
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PostPosted: Mon May 30 05 1:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Those are some great books.

A great chili book is Chili Nation by Jane and Michael Stern. Great cover, no pictures inside, but there are great chili recipes from around the nation. It covers the culture of chili nicely.

A BBQ book that I really enjoyed is Steven Raichlen's BBQ USA: 425 Fiery Recipes from All Across America

This is the book that pushed me to try smoking because it touched on the culture of BBQ all across the USA. I'm still a veritable rookie, so I go back to this one all the time. Has some good grilling recipes too.

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PostPosted: Mon May 30 05 9:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have BBQ USA on order from Amazon.com.... I hear that it is a GREAT one....
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PostPosted: Mon May 30 05 11:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My vote is Smoke and Spice by the Jamisons
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PostPosted: Mon May 30 05 4:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have smoke and spice ordered and enroute. BBQ USA is has some good recipes for BBQ and direct grilling both.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 04 05 3:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Smoke and spice is great, just got it and almost sauced and ate the book. Can't wait to put the recipes to practice. thanks for the suggestion!!
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 05 05 4:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We have a binder at work. One of those spiral jobs. I printed off the faq and bound it. Covers everything....but will probably buy a couple of the books above too.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 05 05 11:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got a new book to review in the mail last week. The title is Peace, Love and Barbecue by Mike Mills. Mike Mills is owner of the 17th Street Bar and Grill in Murphysboro, IL and head cook of the Apple City competition BBQ team, winners of numerous contests, including Memphis in May. He was a consultant in setting up the Blue Smoke restaurant in New York City, bringing real barbecue to the city folks.

This book includes recipes, but it's not just a recipe book. It starts with stories about Mike Mill's family, with pictures of his father cooking on an open pit back in the '40s. It includes tips on cooking barbecue, making rubs, making sauces, how to get started, and competition barbecue. In addition, it includes pictures, interviews and recipes from BBQ legends like Don McLemore and Chris Lilly from Big Bob Gibson's, Rick Schmidt from Kreuz Market in Lockhart, TX, Paul Kirk, Ollie Gates from Gates and Sons in Kansas City, etc. It also includes stories on "barbecue shrines" like Arthur Bryant's, Wilber's, Lexington Barbecue, The Salt Lick and many others.

This is the first barbecue book I've seen that covers all the bases and does it well and is a fun, interesting read to boot. This book definitely belongs on any barbecue bookshelf.

Here's a link to the Amazon page.

Peace, Love and Barbecue

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 05 05 11:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree, Smoke and Spice by Cheryl Alters Jamison and Bill Jamison is a good book indeed. I love the personal notes and the quotes from famous pitmaters. I thought it was a real good read and the first book I reach for it Im looking for something new. Up here we refer to this book as the "Bible"
sorry if I offend anyone.

"How to Grill; The complete illustrated book of Barbecue technique"
by Steven Raichlen

This book covers the basics on sauces and rubs etc. I find it is best to opeb your eyes to what else you can do with a grill and smokers. Now I got to say, as much as I love good Q, I am a sucker for great steak and seafood on the grill or should I say off the grill and on my plate...lol this book also covers the sides dishes very well.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 09 05 3:22 am    Post subject: My vote on cookbooks Reply with quote

John Willingham's World Champion BBQ is very good. Good introduction and receipes.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 13 05 10:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just got smoke and spice on Friday. Great book! Easy reading, informative, great recipe's, etc.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 06 05 6:30 am    Post subject: Cook Books Reply with quote

I have BBQ USA and the sequil (rubs, sauces, and marinades). They are OK.....but I have enjoyed Paul Kirks Championship BBQ much more. It is a good book to have. I attended one of his classes a couple of months ago up in Kansas City. I recommend that too. Learned a lot and had a blast.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 11 05 10:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The BBQ Bible and BBQ USA are great books to start out then forget the books and smoke your tail off and check out all the BBQ forums for tips. The backyard Boss is the real BBQ king not the famous chefs of the world. You could learn more from your next door neighbor than from a TV chef.

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