How to Grill: The Complete Illustrated Book of Barbecue Techniques, A Barbecue Bible! Cookbook

How to Grill: The Complete Illustrated Book of Barbecue Techniques, A Barbecue Bible! Cookbook

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by Steven Raichlen

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Without a doubt the most interesting, comprehensive, and well-thought-out book on grilling ever and it's destined to be in the kitchens and backyards of both professionals and home cooks. Every detail is made clear and easy in a concise and inspirational way. Spark it up! (Mario Batali, Molto Mario (The Food Network), Mario Batali's Simple Italian Food)



Without a doubt the most interesting, comprehensive, and well-thought-out book on grilling ever and it's destined to be in the kitchens and backyards of both professionals and home cooks. Every detail is made clear and easy in a concise and inspirational way. Spark it up! (Mario Batali, Molto Mario (The Food Network), Mario Batali's Simple Italian Food)

The definitive how-to guide for anyone passionate about grilling, from the newest beginner to the most sophisticated chef. (Tom Colicchio, Think like a Chef)

Master the techniques that make barbecue great with this indispensable show-and-tell by Steven Raichlen. Using more than 1,000 full-color, step-by-step photographs, How to Grill covers it all, from how to build an ingenious three-zone fire to the secrets of grilling a porterhouse, prime rib, fish steak, kebab, or chicken breast. Plus the perfect burger. Includes 100 recipes - one to illustrate each technique - with memorably delicious results!

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The giddy joy that comes with picking up this tribute to outdoor cooking is comparable to the adolescent thrill of sneaking a naughty magazine into the garage. Not only does every conceivable meat, fish and fowl get its turn over the coals, there is a whole Barbecued Cabbage stuffed with bacon and onion and even a grilled Creme Brulee. Raichlen focuses on creative techniques, employing everything from butcher's string and bricks wrapped in foil to inserting a half-full can of beer into the cavity of a chicken: when placed on the grill it simultaneously steams the bird and holds it upright, allowing the skin to grow crisp. Indeed, Raichlen's approach is anything but shy. However, to limit the book to a manageable size, Raichlen presents just one or two recipes for each cut of meat or type of seafood. Thus a single lamb is chopped into a new-world-order menu of Rack of Lamb Marrakech, Sichuan-Spiced Loin Lamb Chops and Leg of Lamb Provencal. Throughout, every recipe is made foolproof with step-by-step instructions and, happily, a photo accompanies every one of the steps. While none could be considered a full-fledged centerfold, it is impossible not to gaze upon them and lust. —Publishers Weekly
"Without a doubt the most interesting, comprehensive, and well-thought-out book on grilling ever . . . and it's destined to be in the kitchens and backyards of both professionals and home cooks. Every detail is made clear and easy in a concise and inspirational way. Spark it up!"  —Mario Batali, Molto Mario (The Food Network), Mario Batali's Simple Italian Food

"Steven Raichlen has done it again! . . . lending his endless research and knowledge to the world of grilling. Grab this book to help you make mouthwateringly good food."  —Todd English, The Olives Table
"Detailed directions are clear, the tips on technique are many and useful, and the outcomes are honest and tasty."  —The New York Times
"150 straightforward recipes will appeal to run-of-the-mill grillers as well as those weekend barbecue warriors . . . "  —Los Angeles Times
"Mr. Raichlen's recipes are interesting enough to make even an accomplished cook sit up and take notice."  —The Wall Street Journal
"Steven Raichlen might as well be called the guru of grilling, so well versed is he in every aspect . . . "  —Family Circle
"This summer, there will be only one new addition to my cookbook shelves: Steven Raichlen's 480-page How to Grill."  —Fine Cooking
"With more than 1,000 full-color photos to show you every step . . . this book can turn anyone into a grill master."  —Good Housekeeping 

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SERVES 4 / YOU'LL NEED: 4 bricks, each wrapped in aluminum foil; oak chunks for building the fire, or 2 cups wood chips (preferably oak), soaked for 1 hour in cold water to cover, then drained

2 large, whole, boneless, skinless chicken breasts (12 to 16 ounces each) or 4 half breasts (each half 6 to 8 ounces)

1 teaspoon coarse salt

1 teaspoon cracked black peppercorns

1/2 to 1 teaspoon hot red pepper flakes

1 tablespoon chopped garlic

1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary

Juice of 1 lemon

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1. If using whole breasts, cut each in half. Trim any sinews or excess fat off the chicken breasts and discard. Rinse the breasts under cold running water, then drain and blot dry with paper towels. Sprinkle the breasts on both sides with the salt, cracked black pepper, and hot red pepper flakes. Sprinkle the breasts with the garlic and rosemary, patting them on with your fingers. Arrange the breasts in a non-reactive baking dish. Pour the lemon juice and oil over them and let marinate in the refrigerator, covered, for 30 minutes to 1 hour, turning several times.

2. Set up the grill for direct grilling and preheat to high. In the best of all worlds, you'd build your fire with oak chunks. Alternatively, use gas or charcoal, plus soaked wood chips for smoke. If using a gas grill, place all the wood chips in the smoker box or in a smoker pouch and preheat until you see smoke.

3. When ready to cook, brush and oil the grill grate. If using a charcoal grill, toss the wood chips on the coals. Arrange the chicken breasts on the hot grate, all facing the same direction, at a 45 degree angle to the bars of the grate. Place a brick on top of each. Grill the breasts until cooked, 4 to 6 minutes per side, rotating the breasts 90 degrees after 2 minutes on each side to create an

Meet the Author

Steven Raichlen is the author of How to Grill, The Barbecue! Bible®, and live-fire cookbooks that have won James Beard and IACP awards. Raichlen has written for The New York Times, Food & Wine, and Bon Appétit, and he teaches sold-out Barbecue University classes, currently at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs. His TV shows include the PBS series Steven Raichlen’s Project Smoke (currently going into its second season); Primal Grill; and Barbecue University.


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Joangel09 More than 1 year ago
This book was given as a Father's Day gift. As beginner and as a person who really doesn't like to cook this book was an inspiration. It shows all of the steps in preparing and grilling just about any food any person might want to grill for one person, a family or a large group.
HudsonFoo More than 1 year ago
My dad taught me the grilling basics, but I was interested in more advanced techniques like smoking and multi-zone fire pits. After reading the instructions in this book (and memorizing them, lol) I learned to gage the heat of the fire and the internal temp of the meat. Yesterday, I cooked a 12 pound pork shoulder for just over six hours on a charcoal grill and I have to admit... I made the best pulled pork I've ever had. The instructions in this book are extremely clear and easily understood. The writer regularly references topics from previous pages for those that like to skim or need a quick refresher. Every topic (that I know of) is covered. This book is the next best thing to having a grill master stand next to you. Don't forget that every grill is different. Where the book called for twelve coals added every hour, I had to add nearly 24 to keep the temperature up. Just a big grill I guess. Enjoy the book, it's excellent!
CookinKaren More than 1 year ago
I have watched cooking shows for years and have always had questions. I have to say that this book answers all of them. I have made about seven of the recipes and all of them were great and easy to follow in the book. I was never a great bbqer, but now I feel very confident. I highly recomend this book. Thank You Steven. Cookin Karen
Reds-reads More than 1 year ago
I thought I made good ribs,chicken and burgers, but after reading Steve's book, boy was I wrong! I wasn't marinating correctly and meats were tough, ribs not moist. I read the book over several days and fgured out how to properly do it and VOILA tasty moist food at long last! Pics are very helpful in step/step prep. My favorite BBQ book by far.Worth every(low priced) dollar.
DallasCajunMan More than 1 year ago
I have this book handy every Friday when I am planning what I want to grill over the weekend. It provides inspiration on what to prepare. The instructions are clear and concise. The photos are extremely helpful. And the variety of options is nice. I have used it so much the binding is starting to break. Just one note. I use a Weber Performer charcoal grill and find the recipes easy to use.
FoX210 More than 1 year ago
The great thing about this book is even if you are an experienced griller, it still gives you ideas on different receipies and techniques. I bought it to answer a few questions about grilling fish and I've learned a whole lot more. It has inspired me to try all sorts of new things instead of making the same dish the same way each time now I mix it up so that it keeps it interesting for the family eating the meals.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a begining griller, this book is just perfect for me. I love the Saffron-Grilled chicken and the Spatchcocked chicken recipes. And learning how to grill vegys was a bonus.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I recently purchased this cookbook, anticipating warm weather and cooking outdoors. Although I have several cookbooks in my collection for grilling, I must say that this is the most comprehensive and easy to use cookbook that I have found. It is filled with recipes, tips and great advice from starting a grill to gas fired grills and cooking equipment. I like it because it really explains the technique of perfect grilling. There are tons of recipes which include grilling all the basics ¿ steaks, burgers, chicken, satays, wings, quail and turkey, pork every kind of fish you can imagine, shellfish from shrimp to clams. There is a section just on grilling vegetables - asparagus corn eggplant mushrooms, potatoes, pizza and quesadillas. Desserts such as grilled pineapples and pears, and S¿Mores are also included. I especially love the chapter on rubs, sauces, herbed butters, relishes and salsas. There are 498 pages of easy- to-read recipes and more than a 1000 photos so you can see how the recipe is made, step by step. So I do recommend this book very highly if you are interested in perfecting your grilling techniques or just looking for some new, delicious recipes for grilling with ease.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The best grilling book out there. great for beginners as well as for the experienced grill meisters.
Guest More than 1 year ago
He has truly turned backyard grilling into an art. With excellent techniques and some great recipes, this book is an ideal gift for the barbeque master in your house. The beer can chicken is excellent.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Detailed, practical guide to grilling! Everything I need to know to prepare food for the grill. Includes cuts of meat, recipes, tips, illustrations, etc. It is one of the most informative cook books I've ever used.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Colorful, plentiful illustrations -- step-by-step techniques (everything I could imagine needing to know) . . . plus recipes. Makes a great gift for anyone, especially a man. Nicely designed to appeal to all. Well done!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is quite simply the best grilling book available. You won't believe the compliments you'll receive after cooking some of the dishes in this book. The recipes are very interesting and extremely unique. Never would I have imagined grilling pizza until reading this book. It is superb. I've been grilling for 30 years and since receiving this book I have found a renewed passion. In summary: A great book for neophyte and veteran grillers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The day I came home with this book, my husband claimed it as his. Each recipe has step-by-step instructions with pictures, from starting the fire to garnishing. A great book for the amateur grill jockey or the accomplished grill master.
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I am eleven and i can cook italian and barbaque especially alfredo and bacon with burgers and steak.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Solid book, something for the person who's a total novice or someone who knows his/her way around the grill.
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We have this book in paper version and bought it to take it with us more easily because the book is rather large and heavy. The book will only open on my Nook. The Nook app for iPad will not allow the book to be viewed on the iPad.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have quite a small collection of grill books, but I needed help with smoker receipes. Good book for that in addition to authors expertise in all aspects of grilling.
Ln24564 More than 1 year ago
I bought this book because of the seasonings. I have a hard time finding simple ways to season stuff..anything from vegetables to meat, and this book uses seasonings that I have at home, nothing fancy that I have to go track down.
MI77 More than 1 year ago
Great from beginner to an experienced cook over fire. Very easy to follow. Great recipes and tips! Answers questions other books don't like should I or shouldn't I add unlit coals to a fire when cooking past 1 hour for beer can chicken, turkeys, pork shoulders, and differences of types of charcoal, etc. If you're beginning cooking over charcoal, a MUST READ with recipes. If you've cooked over it before, expands other options on food.
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