N o one ever said grilling had to be fancy, but my god, there's a hell of a lot more nuance involved than slapping a hunk of meat over an open flame and waiting until it's done. For all of the scientific complexities that go into barbecuing, smoking, and charring meats and vegetables, backyard grill culture is a notoriously lazy one. Don't be one of those inattentive grill cooks who doesn't even have an opinion about propane vs. charcoal -- get yourself learned with these essential grilling and BBQ cookbooks, each an imperative foundation in the chargrilled canon. Collect them all to achieve flame-taming mastery.
Ten Speed Press/Workman Publishing
AmazingRibs/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Workman Publishing Company/Ten Speed Press
Cooks Illustrated/Rodale Inc
Bon Appetit/APL Publishing