Top 10 BBQ Books

With the official barbeque season under way all across the country we want to continue to do our part in help you make the best barbeque possible by suggesting our list of the Top 10 BBQ books out there. Understand this list will differ from person to person, region to region, and state to state. It isn’t in any specific order, but these are the ones we like the best and find most helpful.

Wicked Good Barbecue

Wicked Good Barbecue








Award-winning chefs Andy Husbands and Chris Hart reveal their secrets to competition-winning barbecue – from the actual recipe that won the Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational, to the 25-Step Championship Chicken that melts in your mouth and the American Royal First Place Beef Brisket, king of them all, hardest to master and unforgettable to eat when it’s done right. Get it on Amazon –

Weber’s Smoke

Weber Smoke








Basic and advanced smoke cooking methods for traditional smokers as well as standard backyard grills. Over 85 exciting recipes such as Brined and Maple-Smoked Bacon and Cedar-Planked Brie with Cherry Chutney and Toasted Almonds. Smoking woods’ flavor characteristics and food pairing suggestions that complement each distinct type of wood. Weber’s Top Ten Smoking Tips for getting the best possible results on any grill. Get it on Amazon –

Franklin’s Barbeque

Franklin Barbecue









Franklin and coauthor Jordan Mackay unlock the secrets behind truly great barbecue, and share years’ worth of hard-won knowledge. Franklin Barbecue is a definitive resource for the backyard pitmaster, with chapters dedicated to building or customizing your own smoker; finding and curing the right wood; creating and tending perfect fires; sourcing top-quality meat; and of course, cooking mind-blowing, ridiculously delicious barbecue, better than you ever thought possible. Get it on Amazon –

Smoking Meat

Smoking Meat








 Real barbecue taste comes from mastering the art of slow-cooking meat at a low temperature for a long time, using wood smoke to add flavor, and this is the book that shows you how! For the first time in print, Jeff Phillips is sharing the information he has compiled on his incredibly popular website, With step-by-step instructions on how to choose, set up, and modify your own charcoal, gas, or electric smoker, Jeff guides you through your smoking session with the patience that is unique to an experienced pitmaster. Once you’ve chosen your smoker and got the knack of some basic techniques, Jeff encourages you to cut loose and experiment to develop your own smoky sensations. Best of all, you can use your basic backyard grill to give smoking meats a try, then decide whether to invest in a smoker. Get it on Amazon –


Myron Mixon









Mixon shares more than 75 of his award-winning recipes—including one for the most sinful burger you’ll ever eat—and advice that will end any anxiety over cooking times and temps and change your backyard barbecues forever. He also fills you in on how he rose to the top of the competitive barbecue universe and his secrets for succulent success. Complete with mouth-watering photos, Smokin’ with Myron Mixon will fire you up for a tasty time. Get it on Amazon –

Barbecue Bible

Barbecue Bible








 The Barbecue! Bible now includes full-color photographs illustrating food preparation, grilling techniques, ingredients, and of course those irresistible finished dishes. A new section has been added with answers to the most frequently asked grilling questions, plus Steven’s proven tips, quick solutions to common mistakes, and more. Get it on Amazon –

Slow Fire

Slow Fire







Great barbecue is as simple as meat, fire, smoke, and time. This ode to authentic meaty goodness gives barbecue beginners an essential guide to the tools, techniques, and recipes needed to make smoky, mouth-watering, fall-off-the-bone meats. And seasoned smokers will learn a thing or two, too! Ray Lampe, a.k.a. Dr. BBQ, brings decades of expertise as a barbecue master, providing indispensable wisdom alongside 68 of the best recipes he has encountered in his long and wide-ranging career, from tantalizing mains such as Competition-Style Beef Brisket to lip-smacking sides such as Bacon and Blue Cheese Coleslaw. For both stove-top smokers and regular backyard grills, Slow Fire makes it easy to cook irresistible slow-cooked barbecue right at home. Get it on Amazon –

Kansas City Barbecue Society Cookbook

KCBS Cookbook








Featuring more than 200 all-new, mouth-watering recipes (many from award-winning KCBS members and teams), this 25th anniversary edition also includes tips for competitive barbequing, juicy stories that shed light on life inside the barbeque society, and tons of beautiful full-color photographs. Get it on Amazon –

Barbecue Bible Sauces

Barbecue Bible Sauces









 Marinate skewers of beef tips in Tex-Mex Tequila-Jalapeno Wet Rub before putting them on the grill. Or slather pork chops with B.B. Lawnside Spicy Apple Barbecue Sauce. Or coax a chicken breast to perfection with a Coconut Curry Baste. From Steven Raichlen, author of the big, bad, definitive BARBECUE! BIBLE, comes BARBECUE! BIBLE SAUCES, RUBS, AND MARINADES, BASTES, BUTTERS & GLAZES, an in-depth celebration of those cornerstones on which unforgettable live-fire flavors are built. Get it on Amazon –

Big Bob Gibson’s BBQ Book

Big Bob Gibson









Winners of the World Championship BBQ Cook-Off for six years in a row and with hundreds of other contest ribbons as well, nobody does barbecue better than Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q in Decatur, Alabama. Chris Lilly, executive chef of Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q and great-grandson-in-law of Big Bob himself, now passes on the family secrets in this quintessential guide to barbecue. Get it on Amazon –


Any of these wonderful books would be great to add to your collection. If you have any of these books let us know which one you have and what you like about it.


Happy Smokin!



About Pigskin Barbeque 80 Articles
Just a regular guy who loves to barbeque. Married father of two. I developed a love for grilling as a child watching my dad grill. My love for BBQ, using wood and the "low & slow" method came after I purchased my first horizontal smoker in my 20's.

1 Comment

  1. Just as a reference here are the top 10 BBQ books on Amazon based on their best sellers list:

    1. Franklin Barbeque
    2. Smoking Meat
    3. Smokin
    4. Smoke It Like a Pro – The Big Green Egg
    5. Weber’s Way To Grill
    6. Secrets To Smoking on the Weber Smokey Mountain
    7. 12 Bones Smokehouse
    8. The Kamado Smoker and Grill Cookbook
    9. The Big Green Egg Cookbook
    10. Weber’s New Real Grilling

    Check them out on Amazon:

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