Be the Master of Your Charcoal Grill with Juicy, Smoky Recipes from a Champion Pitmaster
Barbecue champion Bill Gillespie is a master of smoke and flame—and he’s back with his third book to help you become king of your Weber kettle grill.
Inspired by memories of grilling with his father, Gillespie poured his heart into this comprehensive guide that opens up a world of barbecue possibilities. He starts from the ground up, giving beginners to advanced grillers all the information they need, including the best ways to start the coals, how to get the perfect char, how to time things for exact doneness and ultimately how to get incredible flavor the easy way. Inside, you’ll find delicious recipes for The Perfect Burger Every Time, Skirt Steak Cooked Directly on Hot Coals, Beer Can Chicken and many more.
Whether you aspire to be a pitmaster or simply want to host incredible backyard barbecues, Gillespie has all the tips, tricks and insight to help you up your grilling game. From grill setup to final bites, this is your go-to guide for grilling like a champion.
Gillespie (Secrets to Smoking on the Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker) dials it back a bit in this reliable if sometimes uninspired collection of recipes best prepared on charcoal grills. Opening with a rundown of the idiosyncrasies and flavor potential of charcoal grilling, Gillespie offers specifics on briquette configurations and the unique flavors of 10 smoke woods. As for the recipes, Gillespie starts with expected fare, like Beer Can Chicken, burgers, ribs, chicken breasts, and wings, before ratcheting up the skill level in the book's strongest section appropriately called Competition Barbecue which offers instructions on preparing smoked pulled pork, brisket, and chicken thighs. The rest of the dishes are as reliable as they are unremarkable. The book feels padded with recipes for rote dishes like hot dogs and simple grilled cauliflower. New charcoal grill owners and outdoor cooking novices are sure to find a lot to like here; Gillespie clearly knows his stuff, and his recipes feel foolproof. Those interested in expanding their barbecue and grilling repertoire, however, will likely want to look elsewhere.