4 New Grilling Cookbooks to Kick Off Your Backyard BBQs

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With Memorial Day behind us, it is officially open season for flip flops, hammock-naps, and oh yes!, backyard grilling. If you’re looking for some new inspiration for your grill this summer, we have four new books that will surely do the trick: Bobby Flay’s Grilling Addiction, a giant grilling treatise from Bon Appétit called simply The Grilling Book, a journey through real Texas barbecue in The Prophets of Smoked Meat, and finally, 100 Grilling Recipes You Can’t Live Without. Let’s take a look!

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Bobby Flay’s Barbecue Addiction

  • Who wrote it: Bobby Flay
  • Who published it: Clarkson Potter
  • Number of recipes: About 150
  • Recipes for right now: Pisco Sour Sangria, Grilled Shaved Asparagus Pizza, Brown Sugar-Rum Grilled Sweet Potatoes, Smoked Ginger Chicken, Slow-Smoked Pork Shoulder, Oaxaca Burgers, Grilled Lobster Tails
  • Other highlights: Covers everything from quick-grilled burgers and kebabs to authentic slow-smoked pulled pork, plus a wide variety of barbecue-worthy sides and cocktails. Lots of inspiration pulled from world cuisines.
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The Grilling Book

  • Who wrote it: Bon Appétit, edited by Adam Rapoport
  • Who published it: Andrews McMeel
  • Number of recipes: Over 300
  • Recipes for right now: Tandoori-Style Chicken Thighs, Garlic Mojo Hot Dogs, Caveman Porterhouse, Tacos al Pastor, Fennel-Crusted Tuna, Rosemary-Skewered Scallops, Grilled Polenta Squares, Sausage and Fig Pizza
  • Other highlights: If you are looking for that one grilling book to rule them all, this is it. The emphasis is more on grilling (quick-cooking) than barbecuing (slow-cooking), but there are a few smoked and slow-cooked recipes in here. Lots and lots of tips also help you up your grilling game. One drawback: nowhere are all the recipes listed, and since there are over 300 of them here, that can make it hard to quickly find a recipe for dinner.

The Prophets of Smoked Meat

  • Who wrote it: Daniel Vaughn
  • Who published it: HarperCollins, an Anthony Bourdain Book
  • Number of recipes: n/a
  • Recipes for right now: n/a
  • Other highlights: This is barbecue — authentic, slow-cooked, smoke-infused barbecue. You won’t find any recipes in here, per se, but you will most certainly find a treasure trove of information and inspiration for your own slow-cooked adventures. Vaughn travels across Texas to interview veteren pit masters and learn their secrets — and then to share them with us. Beautiful photographs.

100 Grilling Recipes You Can’t Live Without: A Lifelong Companion

  • Who wrote it: Cheryl and Bill Jamison
  • Who published it: Harvard Common Press
  • Number of recipes: 100
  • Recipes for right now: Margarita Shrimp, Fired Onion Flatbread, Rosemary and Mint Lamb Burgers, Texas Fajitas, Chipotle Chicken Tacos, South Seas Baby Backs, Chicken under a Brick, Basil-Scented Salmon, Glistening Eggplant, Gooey Good S’mores, Pina Colada Pineapple Spears
  • Other highlights: Simple and straightforward, this book is a great place to start if you’re new to grilling and want a solid collection of recipes and advice without all the splashy fireworks of these other books. These recipe will serve you well from a simple family dinner all the way to a big neighborhood blow-out.

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