The Big 5 Books ... on Outdoor Cooking

By The Big 5 ... by Booktrawler

By The Big 5 ... by Booktrawler

As summer rolls on, there is no better way cook that in the fresh air, especially with out trust BBQ. Cooking outdoors is not as easy as you think, requiring great control over the heat otherwise you get what I usually turn out, meat that is nuked on the outside and raw inside.  We also need to add variety to the usual menu of burgers, hot dogs and BBQ sauce.

So these books will help you with your technique to master the heat and provide your family and guests with a great eating experience in the great outdoors.

Serial Griller: Grillmaster Secrets for Flame-Cooked Perfection

Matt Moore

$26.99 $24.29

Matt Moore confesses: He is a serial griller. He can't help it--if there's food and flame, he'll grill it.

Texas Bbq, Small Town to Downtown

Wyatt McSpadden

$39.95 $35.96

“If you haven’t seen Texas barbecue through Wyatt McSpadden’s eyes, then you haven’t seen Texas barbecue.” austin360

The Outdoor Kitchen: Live-Fire Cooking from the Grill [a Cookbook]

Eric Werner and Nils Bernstein

$35.00 $31.50

“This is my favorite way to cook. Eric captures the joy of grilling outside over an open fire—how it intimately connects you to nature, to the seasons, and to your ingredients.”—Alice Waters, Chez Panisse

Fire & Wine: 75 Smoke-Infused Recipes from the Grill with Perfect Wine Pairings

Mary Cressler and Sean Martin

$24.95 $22.46

"Outdoor cooking with local ingredients is the obvious focus in Fire & Wine. But there's also a theme of approachability, presented through a few handy introductory guides on seasoning, techniques, equipment, tools and more." --Oregon Wine Press

How to Grill Everything: Simple Recipes for Great Flame-Cooked Food

Mark Bittman

$30.00 $27.00

"Bittman's broad coverage and clear instructions yield a wealth of reliable, practical dishes well within the range of even novice grillers. Although the book contains 1,000 recipes, Bittman doesn't overwhelm... his easy-to-execute recipes and imaginative approach is unassailable. Regardless of one's grilling experience, fans of outdoor cooking will find this volume to be essential." --Publishers Weekly, STARRED review

These are my best, top 5 books on this topic.  They are my personal choice and I hope you find the list a useful starting point.