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It is hard to believe that the holiday season is here and families will be unwrapping gifts in just a few short weeks. Pork Barrel BBQ is excited to help make your quest to find the perfect gift for the BBQ lover in your life just a little easier this year. Part 1 of our 2013 Pork Barrel BBQ Holiday Gift Guide takes a look at 10 of our favorite BBQ Cookbooks that would make great gifts for any BBQer. We hope you have a Merry Christmas and much success in finding the perfect gifts for your BBQ lover!

All Fired Up

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We might be a bit biased when it comes to Southern Living Magazines All Fired UP: Smokin’ Hot BBQ Secrets from the South’s Best Pitmasters as you’ll find a number of recipes from Pork Barrel BBQ included in the lineup of great recipes from the South’s top pitmasters. A great feature throughout the book are Troy’s tips which are tips from Pitmaster Troy Black.

Favorite Recipe: Italian Grilled Pork Sandwiches


Wicked Good Barbecue

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Andy Husbands and Chris Hart have written one of the best, if not the best barbecue cookbooks in recent memory in Wicked Good Barbecue. Where many cookbooks apply the brakes, Wicked Good Barbecue puts their foot on the gas – they leave no secrets in their safe in Wicked Good Barbecue. From the recipes that won them the Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue to recipes that elevate barbecue to the next level this is a college course in barbecue disguised as a cookbook.

Favorite Recipe: Whole Hog Porchetta Style


Charred & Scruffed

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Adam Perry Lang isn’t your run of the mill pitmaster, he’s part mad scientist of the grill and part formally trained French chef. In Charred & Scruffed Lang reinvents and creates new grilling techniques like charring, scruffing and clinching to create flavors and textures unlike any you’ll find in traditional barbecue. Master just one of Lang’s recipes and you’ll have the guests at your next backyard barbecue thinking you’re a culinary wizard!

Favorite Recipe: Leg of Lamb


BBQ Makes Everything Better


Aaron Chronister & Jason Day are among the modern legends of bacon and very accomplished in the world of barbecue. At the 2013 American Royal Jason’s barbecue team, Burnt Finger BBQ, took first place in the chicken category. In BBQ Makes Everything Better Chronister and Day, through their recipes, show you how to win the tastebuds of your friends and family in your backyard or on the competition barbecue circuit.

Favorite Recipe: Bacon Explosion 


Famous Dave’s Barbecue Party Cookbook

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Famous Dave Anderson, founder of the Famous Dave’s restaurant chain and perhaps the most recognized face of barbecue, will have you drooling over 150 of his favorite recipes. In Famous Dave’s Barbecue Party Cookbook you’ll have an arsenal of recipes to make any backyard barbecue a huge success.   

Favorite Recipe: Old Fashioned Banana Pudding


Bobby Flay’s Barbecue Addiction

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Bobby Flay shares recipes from his hit Food Network show Barbecue Addiction in his cookbook Bobby Flay’s Barbecue Addiction. Armed with a multitude of smokers and grills Flay takes on hot and fast grilling recipes and low and slow smoking recipes in this well rounded book for BBQ lovers looking to learn more about grilling and smoking of meat, seafood and vegetables.

Favorite Recipe: Grilled Shrimp and Calamari with Smoked Tomato-Black Olive Relish


Where There’s Smoke: Simple Sustainable Delicious Grilling

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Barton Seaver’s love for sustainable foods comes through clearly in Where There’s Smoke: Simple Sustainable Delicious Grilling. Seaver’s recipes focus on fresh, seasonal and organic meats, seafood and produce. In addition to some great recipes Seaver takes the reader through a 101 course on the basics of barbecue.

Favorite Recipe: Grilled Soft Shell Crabs


Big Bob Gibson’s BBQ Book

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Big Bob Gibson’s in Decatur, AL is one of the most legendary barbecue joints in America and has been turning out top notch barbecue for decades. How legendary is it? So legendary that it created a new BBQ Sauce variation known as a White Sauce decades ago that is to this day an Alabama specialty. In the Big Bob Gibson’s BBQ Book world champion pitmaster Chris Lilly opens the doors into some of Big Bob Gibson’s secrets including their world famous White Sauce.

Favorite Recipe: Brined Chicken with White Sauce


Peace Love and Barbecue

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Barbecue legend Mike Mills joins forces with his daughter, Amy Mills, in Peace Love and Barbecue, a compilation of mouthwatering recipes and barbecue stories. Peace Love and Barbecue isn’t your typical cookbook, it is much more a memoir of Mills life in barbecue and the friends he’s met along the way. You’ll still find around 100 recipes from Mill’s and his legendary pitmaster friends. 

Favorite Recipe: Apple City Barbecue Grand World Champion Ribs


Smokin’ with Myron Mixon

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Myron Mixon, the winningest man in barbecue and judge on BBQ Pitmasters, shares more than 75 of his award winning recipes in Smokin’ with Myron Mixon. Mixon preaches his “keep it simple” mantra when it comes to backyard BBQ in the book and provides tips on the basics of barbecue. 

Favorite Recipe: Sausage-Stuffed Pork Chops