Suggested BBQ Readings

Here are some of my favorite BBQ books, including their ISBN numbers-- which should help you in ordering them online or finding them through libraries or inter-library loans.

Real Barbeque, by Greg Johnson and Vince Staten, Harper and Row, New York, 1988.*
ISBN 0-06-096267-4  

Jack Daniel's Old Time Barbeque Cookbook, by Vince Staten, Sulgrave Press, Lexington, KY, 1991 

The Kansas City Barbeque Society Cookbook, Third Printing 1998, Favorite Recipes Press, Nashville, TN. 1-800-358-0560.  ISBN 0-9649176-1-0

The Passion of Barbeque, Presented by the Kansas City Barbeque Society, Westport Publishers, 1988
ISBN 0-933701-28-4

Barbeque America, A Pilgrimage in Search of America's Best Barbecue, by Rick Browne and Jack Bettridge, Time-Life Books, 1999
ISBN 0-73700-2069-5

The Ultimate Barbeque Sauce Cookbook, by Jim Auchmutey and Susan Puckett, Longstreet Press,
1995, ISBN 1-56352-210-2

MEMPHIS; Barbecue, Barbeque, Bar BQ, B-B-Q, by Carolyn S. Wells, 1991, Pig Out Publications, Inc., Kansas City, MO
 ISBN 0-0925175-16-1 and 0-925175-17-X 

Finger Lickin', Rib Stickin', Great Tastin' Hot and Spicy Barbecue, by Jane Butel, Workman Publishing, New York, NY, 1982
ISBN  0-89480-208-9

Ribs, by Christopher O'Hara, Lyons Press (, 2000, ISBN 1-5857-4171-X

I do have a few more and will occasionally be adding some more books to this list. The next best thing to cooking and eating real barbeque, in my book, is reading about it!

I have not checked to see if they are all still in print. *Some of the older ones may not be. Chances are that might be a good start.  Several of these books in the above list I saw on markdown at Books-A-Million not that long ago, so you may be able to still find them somewhere.  There are some good "real barbeque" books out there on current shelves in all the popular outlets such as Books-a-Million, Borders, Hastings, Barnes & Noble, etc. Just make sure you are getting books on smoking, not grilling, if you are seeking more knowledge about real BBQ.  NOTE:  You don't "BBQ" a steak, you grill it, or you pan-fry it.  There is a place for grilling and even I enjoy a good KC Strip steak once in awhile, but there is a difference, as you should know by now after reading these and similar pages. <g> Good luck!


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BBQ Newsgroups on Usenet

I have found BBQ and grilling recipes off and on in these related Usenet groups 

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