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Our moderators, movers, and shakers are constantly dropping serious BBQ knowledge in the Pitmaster Club, our ad free, members only community devoted to all things fire and smoke. Check out the Pitmaster Club with a 30-day FREE trial here!

But our team doesn’t just answer questions and keep the flames of debate burning. We also sit down now and then to go deep into the subjects we love most. Between us, we have written and collaborated on dozens of cookbooks, mostly on barbecue and grilling, but also on things like food science and wood oven cooking. Some of these books are at the top of their class. Don’t take it from us. According to the New York Times, and dozens of other book critics, Meathead’s book Meathead: The Science of Great Barbecue and Grilling was one of the best cookbooks of all time! Our editor Dave Joachim’s The Science of Good Food won an award from the International Association of Culinary Professionals, a World Gourmand Cookbook Award, a Cordon D’or Culinary Academy Award, and was a finalist for a James Beard Award for best food reference book. Our team’s other books are also highly acclaimed and run the gamut from griddle grilling and kamado cooking to tailgating and wine country cooking.

These books make fantastic gifts for the food lover in your life. Click the links to see our short reviews and check prices online.

Meathead: The Science of Great Barbecue and Grilling



With 400 pages and more than 400 of my photographs plus color illustrations, there is new material and new recipes not on this website, and the whole thing is organized so that you can sit down in an easy chair and flow from start to finish.

Turkey Outdoor Made Easy: An Deep Dive E-Book

Create the best turkey of your life and side dishes for Thanksgiving (or basically any time of the year) with our downloadable e-book.

Sous Vide Que Made Easy: How To Deliciously Marry Sous Vide With The Grill And Smoker

By marriage of water and fire, sous vide with the grill and smoker, we can achieve extraordinary results, in some cases, better than with either cooking method on its own. You can get extraordinarily tender, juicy, safe, and flavorful foods. With this exclusive book you will learn all the basics of sous vide que.

Amazing Ribs Made Easy: Everything You Need To Know About Pork Ribs

Discover everything you need to know for preparing America's favorite food, pork ribs, with this comprehensive book. In it you'll find several tasty recipes, a glossary of rib terminology, a guide to prepping ribs including how to remove the membrane and trim them, recommended smokers and grills, and so much more.

Barbecue Chicken Made Easy: Everything You Need To Know About Amazing Chicken On the Grill And Smoker E-Book

With “Barbecue Chicken Made Easy: Everything You Need To Know About Amazing Chicken On the Grill & Smoker” by Meathead and Brigit Binns, you can master the art of perfectly grilled and smoked chicken. Say goodbye forever to charred skin, burnt sauce and undercooked meat. Explore chicken recipes, tips, and so much more.

Exclusively Kamado

Exclusively Kamado features 50 innovative recipes for your ceramic smoker and grill. Enjoy the kamado's amazing ability to enhance the flavor of food with dishes like Hickory-Smoked Beef Tri-Tip, Chimichurri Spiced Ribs, Salt Block Grilled Bass, Grilled Stuffed Artichokes, and Brie in Puff Pastry.

Barbecue: Fire and Smoke

Barbecue: Fire and Smoke explains in detail how to create true barbecue using indirect heat and smoke along with plenty of reliable recipes. Learn which cuts of meat are best suited for barbecue and how to flavor, smoke and grill them. There's even a chapter on building your own large insulated offset smoker.

The Ultimate Guide to Grilling

Rick Browne has traveled across America and tasted everything it has to offer. In The Ultimate Guide to Grilling, Rick shares recipes for all kinds of barbecue concoctions like Coca Cola Chicken, BBQ’d Apple Pie, and Rodney’s Tequila Porterhouse. This book is indispensable for all kinds of barbecue fanatics.

1,001 Best Grilling Recipes

The definitive book on grilling everything from appetizers and side dishes to lamb, beef, hamburgers, sausages, fish & shellfish, wild game, chicken, game birds, turkey, pork, and desserts. Author Rick Browne is among the country's best-known grilling authorities, and this book is the only grilling book you'll need.

The New Wine Country Cookbook

The New Wine Country Cookbook. Move over Napa, here is the only up-to-date, stunningly photographed gift book available on California’s hottest, fastest-growing wine country, the Central Coast, with 120 wine-friendly and wine-inclusive recipes.

The Cook & The Butcher

Here are 100 delicious recipes using popular cuts of meat, plus loads of tips from America's favorite butchers. Each chapter begins with quick-cooking cuts and easy methods like stir-frying, then progresses to grilling, pan-frying, roasting, and braising. The perfect book for meat lovers and aspiring butchers.

Kissed by Fire

This book is a must-have for anyone with a wood-burning oven. It helps you develop an instinct for the primal force of fire itself. You’ll also learn to cook by sight and sound. Find tips on tools and enjoy dishes as varied as Wood-Oven-Baked Eggs, Ultimate Thyme-Roasted Chicken, and Wood-Grilled Cowboy Steaks.

The Flippin’ Awesome Backyard Griddle Cookbook

Grill up a mess of delicious eats in your own backyard. With the tips, techniques and recipes in this book, you can cook authentic diner and burger joint recipes in no time, including Diner-Style Omelets, Buttermilk Pancakes, Smashed Burgers, Asian Seared Salmon, and Grilled Pineapple with Ice Cream.

A Man, A Can, A Grill

David Joachim is back with 50 no sweat recipes you can fire up fast. Feast on hearty, healthy fare like Beer-Flamed Fajitas, Badass BBQ Chicken, Jah Mon Jerk Pork, Fungus Amungus Burgers, and more. Step-by-step instructions and full-color photographs make cooking foolproof for even the most culinarily challenged dudes.

Mastering the Grill: The Owner’s Manual for Outdoor Cooking

This New York Times bestselling grill guide helps you understand the science of grilling so you can transform it into an art. Find hundreds of tips and techniques, mouthwatering photos, and 350 surefire recipes, including everything from rubs and marinades to appetizers, entrees, side dishes, and desserts.

Williams Sonoma Grill School

From bestselling authors and grill experts David Joachim and Andrew Schloss comes Williams-Sonoma Grill School: 150+ Recipes & Essential Lessons for Cooking on Fire. This all-inclusive guide to grilling features 30 easy-to-master lessons, dozens of failproof techniques, and over 100 mouthwatering recipes.

The Tailgater’s Cookbook

This cookbook provides 75 must-have recipes to make at the game or take along for tailgating. Feast on beer boiled shrimp, Memphis style ribs, and sophisticated desserts like tiramisu. Also includes tips on planning and essential equipment for cooking up a great party in the parking lot.

Fire it Up – More Than 400 Recipes for Grilling



A big, heavy, beautifully photographed book that feels authoritative. The intro material is short, but high quality.

The Best Barbecue on Earth

With this groundbreaking book, you can experience grilling across 6 continents in 25 countries with 170 recipes. Here's where barbecue goes global: pitmaster Rick Browne travels all over the world to bring you the best outdoor-cooking recipes on earth, all adapted for American grills and kitchens.

The Science of Good Food by David Joachim and Andrew Schloss



The authors explain what ingredients are made of, how they behave when cooked, and how various methods work. A very thorough A to Z encyclopedia of food science.

Published On: 5/16/2019 Last Modified: 11/18/2021

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Finally, A Great Portable Pellet Smoker

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Fireboard: The Ultimate Top Of The Line BBQ Thermometer

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With the ability to monitor up to six temperatures simultaneously with either Bluetooth or Wifi on your mobile phone, tablet, or computer, Fireboard is the best digital thermometer we’ve tested.
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Thermapen One Instant Read Thermometer

ThermoWorks’ Thermapen ONE provides an accurate reading in one second or less. The ONE also includes features that are common on high-end instruments: automatic backlight, rotating display, and water resistant seals. Don’t accept cheap substitutes.
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The Good-One Is A Superb Grill And A Superb Smoker All In One

The Good-One Open Range is dramatically different from a traditional offset smoker. By placing the heat source behind and under the smokebox instead of off to the side, Open Range produces even temperature from left to right, something almost impossible to achieve with a standard barrel shaped offset.

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