It’s a messy job, eating all of that greasy meat, trying to decide which of the hundreds of Lone Star barbecue joints deserve to be ranked among the best in Texas and thus, the world. Last March that Herculean task fell to Daniel Vaughn when Texas Monthly magazine named him their first-ever barbecue editor. Arguably the most coveted and least appreciated job in the state, short of the editor of this issue or the Governor’s Mansion, Vaughn has his work cut out for him despite his outstanding credentials as a food and travel writer, and author of The Prophets of Smoked Meat, a culinary guide to Texas barbecue.
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