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Apr 13, 2020

In this episode, I’m talking with Texas Monthly BBQ Editor Daniel Vaughn.

As many of you know, Daniel contributes BBQ restaurant reviews and cultural history articles that go way beyond what you might call typical food blogging. I’ve followed his writing since purchasing his 2013 book The Prophets of Smoked Meat: A Journey Through Texas Barbecue.

Daniel’s book covers all of the varied styles of BBQ cooked across the great state of Texas in a way that showcases the various ways BBQ is prepared but, more importantly, shares the stories and history behind how those styles developed.

In this regard, it has a style that’s very similar to the North Carolina BBQ book written by John Shelton Reed and his wife Dale Volberg Reed, called Holy Smoke: The Big Book of North Carolina Barbecue.

As I listened to the recording of my interview with Daniel Vaughn, I realized just how much ground we covered a relatively short amount of time.

Here are just a few things you won’t want to miss from my talk with Daniel Vaughn: 

  • Daniel’s friendship with Anthony Bourdain during and after the publishing of Prophets of Smoked Meat

  • BBQ restaurants that deserve more press than they get

  • The impact Daniel's Texas Monthly BBQ reviews have on BBQ restaurants

  • Why Daniel fears one particular style of Texas BBQ may be at risk of becoming a thing of the past

  • How to know the best time to hit that BBQ spot you’ve been dying to try

  • What it was like working with Sam Jones on his book about whole hog BBQ

I counted, and during our talk, Daniel and I reference about 24 different BBQ restaurants. Most of these are within Texas, but Oklahoma and North Carolina factor into our talk as well.

I think you’re going to enjoy this interview with Daniel. If you do, please take the time to tag him @bbqsnob on social media and let him know. I am sure he’ll appreciate it.


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