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Book Review: 25 Techniques for Grilling and Smoking

Updated on March 13, 2011

Are you looking for ideas to get the most out of your grill this summer? If so, there are two books that you must add to your cookbook collection. They are 25 Essentials: Techniques for Grilling and 25 Essentials: Techniques for Smoking, both written by Ardie A. Davis.

25 Essentials: Techniques for Grilling

No matter how long you've been cooking on the grill, you're sure to love the terrific tips and suggestions in this book. It's easy enough for beginning grillers to follow but detailed enough for even skilled backyard cooks to learn some new techniques.

The book provides information about preparing to grill, actually cooking food on the grill, and what kinds of sauces and add-ons are perfect to add to your handiwork once you've finished grilling as well. It also contains tips for selecting the right grilling tools, information about gas and charcoal grills, how to build and manager a perfect fire for grilling, and much more.

Recipe Selection - In this book, you'll find an excellent array of interesting and taste tempting recipes that are sure to become hits with your friends and family members. Choices include:

• Barbecue Glazed Pork Chops and Steak
• Grilled Flank Steak in Cumin Citrus Marinade
• Grilled Salmon Filets with Lemon Dill Butter
• Herb Grilled Potatoes

25 Essentials: Techniques for Smoking


Whether you're an experienced smoker or if you're just getting started with this cooking technique, you're sure to find tips you can put to work right away when you read this book. The book starts out describing the essentials of this outdoor cooking technique.

It begins with a discussion about the different types of woods used for smoking and how you can decide which one to use. There's also information about the different kinds of smokers, accessories, and cooking tools available, as well as details about how to get your fire going perfectly and how to properly clean your smoker.

Recipe Selection -- The book has a terrific selection of recipes that you'll want to try right away. Some of the best and most mouth watering dishes included in the book are:

• Apple Smoked Chicken Thighs
• Smoke Baked Barbecue Chili Pie
• Smoked Stuffed Chili Poppers
• This Bird's For You Beer Can Chicken

About the Author

There's no better resource for grilling and smoking tips than author Ardie A. Davis. Davis has competed in many barbecue competitions in and around the Kansas City area, which is the region he calls home. He was named a "Kansas City Legend" by the city's daily newspaper in 2003. A true barbecuing expert, Davis is also known as Remus Powers, founder of "Greasehouse University" where grilling enthusiasts can earn degrees that include doctor of barbecue philosophy (Ph.B.), master of barbecue (M.B), and Barbecue Science (B.S.).

The Perfect Outdoor Cooking Books

If you're ready to take your outdoor cooking to the next level – or if you're looking for a gift for your favorite outdoor cooking guru, these books are a perfect choice!

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