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which book for Xmas?

JC in GB

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I am looking for a smoking\BBQ book for a Xmas gift. This is for an advanced smoker so no beginner guides. 😆

I would love to hear your suggested reads.

Thanks.

JC :emoji_cat: :emoji_cat:
 

agaffer

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I am looking for a smoking\BBQ book for a Xmas gift. This is for an advanced smoker so no beginner guides. 😆

I would love to hear your suggested reads.

Thanks.

JC :emoji_cat: :emoji_cat:
Absolutely has to be Adam Perry Lang's "Serious Barbecue" When a serious chef opens a new restaurant, Lang is the guy they call to develop the meat side of their menu. Mezzo in Los Angeles hired him to develop their menu. I know one of the new big places in Vegas did also but, can't remember off hand which one it is.
 

jcam222

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I have found I pick very little up out of the bbq books that I’ve grabbed. Much of the info seems to be rehash of everyone else’s stuff. Another thing to consider would be a book outside bbq with concepts that can apply. Salt, fat, acid, heat by Samin Nosrat is on my list to purchase.
 

tallbm

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Aaron Franklin's book because its a great and entertaining read. Only has like 12 recipes in the whole thing but talks technique, building smokers, crafting bbq, and all his entertaining stories of how he figured it all out just like we all do.
Totally surprising and amazingly enjoyable read... plus he covers how to make amazing brisket :)
 

zwiller

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Mixon gets my vote. Another contender is Gillespie's Secrets to WSM and I don't even have a WSM. If the person is advanced enough I might suggest branchning out and try Marianski to get into sausage etc.
 

JC in GB

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Absolutely has to be Adam Perry Lang's "Serious Barbecue" When a serious chef opens a new restaurant, Lang is the guy they call to develop the meat side of their menu. Mezzo in Los Angeles hired him to develop their menu. I know one of the new big places in Vegas did also but, can't remember off hand which one it is.
I have found I pick very little up out of the bbq books that I’ve grabbed. Much of the info seems to be rehash of everyone else’s stuff. Another thing to consider would be a book outside bbq with concepts that can apply. Salt, fat, acid, heat by Samin Nosrat is on my list to purchase.
Aaron Franklin's book because its a great and entertaining read. Only has like 12 recipes in the whole thing but talks technique, building smokers, crafting bbq, and all his entertaining stories of how he figured it all out just like we all do.
Totally surprising and amazingly enjoyable read... plus he covers how to make amazing brisket :)
Mixon gets my vote. Another contender is Gillespie's Secrets to WSM and I don't even have a WSM. If the person is advanced enough I might suggest branchning out and try Marianski to get into sausage etc.
Some great choices. Aaron Franklin's book is what I am leaning toward but I am going to check out the other books a bit more in depth.

Thanks for your help.

JC :emoji_cat:
 

lowcountrygamecock

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I'd vote for one of the older ones. Mike Mills Peace, Love, and BBQ.
I think I have all the popular books people recommend on here including adam Perry Lang’s serious bbq and Aaron franklins book and love both of them. I don’t have peace, love and bbq though but it’s on my Christmas list.
 

cowolter

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I have a collection of cookbook and this is my fav :
Smoking Meat: The Essential Guide to Real Barbecue I use it just about every time I smoke. It has a ton of info on smoking with all types of smokers and tons of delicious sides too.
Paul Kirk's book on rubs and sauces called, "Paul Kirk's Championship Barbecue Sauces."
 
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