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9 New Cookbooks for Grilling Season

This new lineup of cookbooks will ensure that it’s your most successful outdoor cooking season yet—and probably your most vegetable-centric.


Cookout season is upon us, not to mention Father’s Day. Don’t just settle for your tried and tested BBQ chicken recipe—it’s time for some new inspiration going into summer 2019. This season’s latest cookbook arrivals prove that leafy greens and vegetable-forward eating doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your favorite summer hobby. They offer methods for recreating regional grilling recipes from around the United States—plus they offer lots of innovative ways to enjoy a burger. And if your still dead set on a good steak, there’s a book that will teach you to make the most perfect version of it. Here are the best grilling cookbooks to check out this summer.


The Ultimate Burger by America’s Test Kitchen

What’s summer without a tasty burger over fire? This book of burger recipes shows us that any vision you have for the perfect burger is achievable. You’ll find recipes that include a variety of healthier alternatives, such as poultry, fish, and vegan and vegetarian options. Choose from bibimbap burgers, veggie burgers with sweet and tangy slaw, and—my personal favorite—the Thai burger. Plus, there’s an entire chapter dedicated to sides, including everything from crispy fries to alcohol-infused milkshakes.


Whole Hog BBQ by Sam Jones and Daniel Vaughn

The definitive guide to one of the most iconic barbecue traditions—Carolina-style chopped pork—from the third generation pitmaster of Sam Jones BBQ and the legendary Skylight Inn, featuring more than 20 family recipes for large-batch barbecue, sides, and desserts. In Whole Hog BBQ, Sam Jones and Daniel Vaughn recount the history of the Skylight Inn, which opened in 1947, and share step-by-step instructions for cooking a whole hog at home—from constructing a pit from concrete blocks to instructions for building a burn barrel—along with two dozen classic family recipes including cornbread, coleslaw, spare ribs, smoked turkey, country-style steak, the signature burger, and biscuit pudding.


Smokehouse Handbook by Jake Levin

If you’re looking for a complete guide to smoked dishes, look no further. Professional butcher and restaurateur Jake Levin carefully guides readers through the process of creating your own personal multipurpose smokehouse by offering step-by-step instructions for building a smoker, explaining the difference between certain styles and techniques (such as cold-smoking vs. hot-smoking), providing tips for preparing different classic cuts, and so much more. This is a definitive guide for novices and experts alike—for anyone who wants to make the most out of their grill.


The Brisket Chronicles by Steven Raichlen

Grill master Steven Raichlen shares more than 60 foolproof, delicious recipes for preparing the tastiest, most versatile, and most cherished cut of meat in the world—outside on the grill, as well as in the kitchen. In dozens of unbeatable tips, Raichlen shows you just how to handle, prep, and store your meat for maximum tenderness and flavor. Plus plenty more recipes that are pure comfort food, perfect for using up leftovers: Brisket Hash, Brisket Baked Beans, Bacon-Grilled Brisket Bites—or even Kettle Corn with Burnt Ends. And side dishes that are the perfect brisket accents, including slaws, salads, and sauces.


Thank You for Smoking by Paula Disbrowe

In Thank You for Smoking, award-winning author and grilling aficionado Paula Disbrowe proves that you can basically smoke anything. From vegetables to nuts, to cocktails and even everyday items from your pantry, this cookbook offers a comprehensive introduction and inspiring guide to all things smoked.


Franklin Steak by Aaron Franklin

In Franklin Steak, Aaron Franklin and coauthor Jordan Mackay delve into the art and science of cooking steak than anyone has gone before. Want the real story behind grass-fed cattle? Or to talk confidently with your butcher about cuts and marbling? Interested in setting up your own dry-aging fridge at home? Want to know which grill Aaron swears by? Looking for some tricks on building an amazing all-wood fire? Curious about which steak cuts work well in a pan indoors? Franklin Steak has you covered.


Martha Stewart’s Grilling by Editors of Martha Stewart Living

The editors of Martha Stewart Living put together this collection of summer grilling recipes. Whether you’re someone who recently took up grilling as a hobby, or consider yourself a seasoned BBQ expert, this collection of recipes will provide you with the best achievable seasonal meal for any occasion.


Steak and Cake by Elizabeth Karmel

This incredible cookbook shares more than 100 recipes to be prepared, paired, and eaten with pure joy. How about a Cowboy Steak with Whiskey Butter followed by a Whiskey Buttermilk Bundt Cake? Or a Porterhouse for Two with My Mother’s Freshly Grated Coconut Cake? Or mix and match yourself—maybe an Indoor/Outdoor Tomahawk Steak paired with a Classic Key Lime Cheesecake? In Steak and Cake, discover just how luscious and indulgent both steak and cake can be with Elizabeth Karmel, Southern baker extraordinaire and one of America’s leading pitmasters.


Charcoal by Josiah Citrin and Joann Cianciulli

Paragraph: L.A.’s esteemed chef and restaurateur Josiah Citrin teams up with writer Joann Cianciulli to bring you a book filled with charcoal-centric recipes. A perfect option for vegetarians and vegans, this collection of over 100 recipes focuses on the many way to make char-grilled vegetables, which get more attention that in a typical grilling cookbook. The book of sides, mains, and desserts are all shout out to the style of cooking done at Citrin’s new restaurant Charcoal Venice.

By: Nico Picciuto
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