Barbeque is a true American original with its root from the South, but its popularity has grown over the years and reach all over the place and regions of America. When we talk about true American food, we have to talk about BBQ and what good “Q” is.

Traditional American barbecue is not what your Mom and Dad do to grill meat and hamburgers in the backyard during the summer time. That is grilling (cooking directly over heat), a great way to cook meat, but it ain’t real barbecue. Barbecue and grilling are often confused because they both involve a grill, heat and cooking meat.

To barbecue means when you place a large cut of meat or ribs in closed pit and let it cook indirectly (away from the fire) with the low heat for a long time over wood or charcoal. In America, barbecue (or BBQ) originated in the late 1800′s during Western cattle drives. The cowboys were fed with less than perfect cuts of meat, often brisket, a tough and stringy piece of meat that required five to seven hours of cooking to tenderize. They built their own pits and creatively came up with their own way to cook meats. Barbecue was created for just this purpose, to turn large tough inexpensive cuts of meat like beef brisket and pork shoulder into tender, amazing BBQ goodness worth fighting and dying for. The ideal temperature in one of these pits usually runs between 225-250 degrees, and this very slow magical process breaks down the connective tissues of the meat and turns tough cuts into the most delicious tender food on earth.

Below are our recommendation for BBQ recipe cookbooks. In most cases, each book contains Top BBQ Secrets Revealed and extra bonus with the costs less than a BBQ dinner for TWO. Pretty good value for a real fun and delicious summer.

Our Top Rated BBQ Recipe Cookbooks:

1. Competition Bbq Secrets – A barbecue instruction manual for the serious competitor and the back yard barbeque cook. Learn how slow smoke ribs, chicken, butts, brisket, and turkey too!
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2. Barbecue Secrets Revealed! – Everything You’ve Ever Wanted To Know About Killer Bbq, Including Closely Guarded Secrets Of Competition-Level Barbecuers!
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3. 1 Top-Secret Bbq Sauce Recipe – Recipe For The Worlds #1 Bbq Sauce Recipe.
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4. The Ultimate Guide to a Delicious Back Yard BBQ – Discover Simple Secret Recipes for Mouth Watering, Fall Off The Bone Ribs, Chicken & BBQ Sauce So Tasty You’ll Be the Envy of the Neighborhood.
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5. Build Your Own Smoker – Homemade smoker plans that are easy to follow and only require basic carpentry skills so anyone can build a smoker.
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