The Barbecue Bible
500 Recipes, 1 Book

With over 500 recipes, The Barbecue Bible is a monster of a book. The author, Steven Raichlen, spent three years writing it, visiting more than 25 countries in the process. The result is a marvellous book that anyone with an interest in barbecuing should add to his or her barbecue book library.

When I first opened this book I scanned the pages and thought that it was going to be one of those books that have ‘chefy’ type recipes in them that no one is really going to try for themselves, with lots of ingredients and long complicated instructions. As I delved deeper though, it turned out not to be the case.

The more than 500 recipes covers everything from simple home-made burgers to exotic dishes such as Brazilian Swordfish Kebabs With Coconut Milk and Oaxacan-Style Pork Ribs.

Every recipe in The Barbecue Bible is accompanied with notes that tell you where the recipe originates from, the restaurant that he found it in, or the chef that gave him the recipe.

Throughout the book you’ll find whole pages describing specific types of food or barbecue food related to a specific country. Such as Jerk: The Jamaican Barbecue.

Other pages such as The Most Famous Fish House In Indonesia Sundra Kelapa which is one of the best restaurants in Jakarta, says Steven raichlen.

As expected with a book that proclaims itself to be The Barbecue Bible, it covers every type of food that you’d think of barbecuing, and more! These include barbecue recipes for:

  • Beef
  • Pork
  • Lamb
  • Burgers
  • Sausages
  • Chicken
  • Duck
  • Quail
  • Fish
  • Shellfish
  • Vegetables
  • Rice
  • Beans
  • Pickles
  • Relishes
  • Salsas
  • Slaws
  • Sauces
  • Rubs
  • Deserts
  • Salads
  • Breads
  • Drinks

And there’s more!

At the front of the book there are sections on the differences between grilling and barbecuing. direct and indirect grilling is explained. As is the differences between gas and charcoal barbecues.

The different types of grill are discussed and it gives informative advice of what to look for when buying a grill. How to light charcoal and gas grills, when to use a hood, etc. etc.

I read The Barbecue Bible like a coffee table book; it’s just so interesting. Yes, some of the recipes are complicated and do require a lot of ingredients and effort to make. But there are lots of simpler barbecue recipes and once you try these, you want to have a go at the more complex ones.

This is a soft back book. No photographs but lots of sketches. But I like this. I’ve lots of barbecue recipe books with stunning pictures of lovely looking food. But I find you can disappoint yourself when you compare what you’ve made with the picture in the recipe book. But these are set-up pictures arranged specially for the photograph with the assistance of an art director. Without a photograph to compare with I find I’m never usually disappointed with the results.

The only criticism that I have of this book is that it does not include any barbecue smoking recipes. Now that’s not really a problem in itself, but to call a book The Barbecue Bible, you’d expect some barbecue smoking recipes in it. Bearing in mind that to some, the only real barbecuing method is smoking.

If you want to learn about barbecue smoking or try out some smoking recipes, don’t buy this book.

With that one criticism out of the way, the book is well worth the money. Lots of recipes to suit all tastes and experiences. There’s a good mix of both direct and indirect cooking methods as well.



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