As of August 2015, highly-rated cookbooks for smoking meat are "Real BBQ: The Ultimate Step-by-Step Smoker Cookbook," "Smoking Meat: The Essential Guide to Real Barbecue" and "Southern Living Ultimate Book of BBQ" at Amazon.com. Each averages nearly five stars on the site's five-star rating scale.
"Real BBQ" contains guidelines for smoker set-up, tips and illustrations. The 95 recipes cover meats such as brisket, ribs and pulled pork. Each recipe has a label indicating its difficulty level. "Smoking Meat" covers how to work with charcoal, gas or electric smokers. Recipe categories include Poultry, Pork, Beef, and Fish and Seafood.
Southern Living's cookbook has over 200 highly rated recipes from the magazine. Step-by-step photos accompany instructions.