The 4th of July is the biggest grilling day of the year. Not only is it acceptable to play with fire on this glorious holiday, it’s fully encouraged and celebrated. And to make sure the only thing burning at your holiday party is Chinese gunpowder, we’re hooking up two lucky people with a library of great barbecue books. We’ve partnered with the authors of some of the best grilling books around to make sure your outdoor grilling skills are top-notch come this 4th of July.
BBQ Makes Everything Better – Since cavemen discovered that fire makes good food great, grilling has been one of the most popular methods of cooking. From slow-cooked, aromatic meats to charred, juicy burgers and tender vegetables, everything tastes better hot off the grill. And it’s not just gourmet chefs who can create scrumptious meals of the perfect marriage of meat and fire; home cooks everywhere have enjoyed the simple pleasures of outdoor cooking for decades, and this book is chalked full of easy-to-follow mouthwatering recipes.
Planet Barbecue! – A live-fire tour of 60 countries, and 309 of the world’s most authentic, explosively flavorful recipes ever, Planet Barbecue covers it all: blazing grills, exotic seasonings, expert grill masters, renowned restaurants, cool fuels, tools, and techniques from around the world. Steven Raichlen goes deep into the source to discover the traditional way to grill or smoke, proving a universal truth: Everything–beef, chicken, fish, shellfish, vegetables, kebabs, wings, ribs, even desserts–tastes better hot off the grill.
Startin’ The Fire – The complete guide to starting your own competition bbq team, from your initial idea to cooking in your first full contest. This book covers everything from preliminary considerations, planning and equipment, to set-up and running your own team.
Peace, Love, and Barbecue – An extraordinary behind-the-scenes journey into the world of barbecue with Grand World Champion pitmaster Mike Mills as your guide. Join Mike and his barbecue buddies as they spin a few tales, spill their secrets, and reluctantly part with their prizewinning recipes.
25 Essential Techniques For Planking – Got wood? You should. Cooking on a plank is the simplest way to infuse your food with the subtle taste and aroma of smoke. Best part is, you don’t need a fancy rig, special equipment, or complicated directions to start planking. All you really need is a board and this book. With the 25 essential techniques you’ll find in these pages, you’ll be planking like a pro in no time — outdoors and in.
25 Essential Techniques For Grilling Fish – There’s something fishy goin on — on the grill. That’s a good thing, when we’re talking grilled seafood. It’s easy to cook up great fish and shellfish on the grill, once you’ve mastered the essentials. Lucky for you, you’ve found those essentials, right here in this book. With this handy guide by your side, you won’t be fishing for compliments — they’ll swim right up to you. Go fish, anyone?
500 Barbecue Dishes – This collection is crammed with 500 sizzling recipes from world-famous chef Paul Kirk. He covers everything you need to master your own barbecue feast, including tips for selecting ingredients for the grill, essential barbecue techniques, secrets on preparing mouthwatering marinades, and details on making scrumptious accompaniments.
To get in on this sweet literary action, simply leave a comment below or on our BBQ Addicts Facebook fan page letting us know what you’ll be cooking up this coming weekend. Entries will be accepted through the weekend, and then 2 winners will be chosen via Random.org. Please note that you won’t actually have these books in time for this year’s holiday weekend, so you’ll have plenty of time to study up for next year’s party.