The Backyard BBQ Bible: 100+ Recipes for Outdoor Grilling

Smith Street. May 2022. 192p. ISBN 9781922417602. $29.95. COOKING
This straightforward barbecue guide lacks the pretention of some grilling books. Smith dispels many a grill master’s equipment lists and does away with trips to fancy grill stores. Grab your tongs and a meat thermometer, says Smith, and you are ready to grill. Home would-be pit bosses can be a serious griller with an expensive kit, a gas-griller, or just a little hibachi on the patio. Smith provides the recipes and tips to enjoy the experience, no matter the setup. The book’s layout is simple and easy to navigate, organized by type of protein so readers can pick recipes to match what’s already in the freezer; chapters on vegetables, sides, and desserts round out the offerings. The photography is mouth-watering but not too stylized—very much achievable by home cooks—and Smith’s recipes are straightforward and interesting and are just as likely to offer an easy weeknight meal as they are a new challenge for the experienced griller.
VERDICT This come-as-you-are barbecue guide is a breath of fresh air in a crowded market of elitist grilling books and is recommended for its ability to deliver crowd-pleasing recipes.
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