Home  |  Punch  |  Vanguard   |  The Nation  |  Thisday  |  Daily Sun  |  Guardian  |  The Authority  |  Daily Times  |  Daily Trust  |  Daily Independent  |  The Herald  |   Tribune  |  Leadership  |  National Mirror  |  BusinessDay  |  New Telegraph  |  Peoples Daily  |  Blueprint  |  Nigerian Pilot  |  Sahara Reporters  |  Premium Times  |  The Cable  |  PM News  |  Nairametrics  |  APO Africa Newsroom  |  Tori  |  Linda Ikeji  |  Bella Naija  |  Pulse  |  Goal  |  Ftbpro  |  Techcabal  |  Techpoint  |  Techcrunch  |  BBC  |  CNN  |  World  |  Sports  |  Technology  |  Entertainment  |  Business  |  Politics  |  Features  |  Columns  |  All Headlines  |  More Channels...

Smoking Out Texas Is Full-time Job For First U.S. Barbecue Critic

Published by Business Insider on Wed, 10 Dec 2014


By Jon HerskovitzBUFFALO GAP, Texas, (Reuters) - In Texas, with its long traditions when it comes to cooking meat, it seemed inevitable that an arbiter of barbecue like Daniel Vaughn would emerge. The question is why did it take so long'Vaughn is the first full-time barbecue editor at a major publication in the United States. He was named to his post at Texas Monthly in March 2013, taking up a job that has sent him traveling across the state sampling barbecue, with pit stops at the doctor to check his cholesterol."I have got to get my greens wherever I can but they always seem to come loaded with sausage slices," said Vaughn, 36, during a six-stop tour to the Abilene area where the calorie count ran to heart-clogging numbers.Vaughn only takes a few bites at each stop but the total food up for sampling that day was jaw dropping: six orders of brisket, a half dozen sausages, 10 pork ribs, two orders of smoked chicken, a rib eye steak, a prime rib steak, fried catfish, a bowl of chili, a chopped beef sandwich, more than a dozen side orders and four desserts.Oh, and green beans with sausage bits.Barbecue had its origins as a humble food, but these days Texas barbecue joints range from sleek gourmet restaurants in major cities to hole in the wall joints on dust-strewn prairies. One of the most praised, Franklin Barbecue in Austin, is in an unpretentious building serving meat on butcher paper.At first glance, Vaughn seems an unlikely candidate for what many consider one of the most-coveted jobs in Texas. First of all, he is from Ohio, a state not known for its barbecue. Second, he is a trained architect.But Vaughn was also one of the premier barbecue bloggers before taking up his current job, and the author of a book called "The Prophets of Smoked Meat: A Journey Through Texas Barbecue". He uses the handle "BBQSnob" for his Twitter feed."Barbecue is such a loaded word in Texas with so many people bringing their own meaning to it. It is so ingrained in the culture and always a subject to argue about," he said.Debate rages on whether Texas tradition calls for direct heat with flames or coals, or low and slow cooking with indirect heat and smoke. Questions abound on what cuts of meat are appropriate, if sauce should be banned, and if Texas ethics are violated by using a knife and fork when eating sliced brisket.Vaughn takes about six whirlwind, regional trips a year, and also finds time out to stop by as many barbecue joints as possible, nearing 1,000 restaurants in his career.On this trip, he is checking out a new place in Abilene with positive word of mouth called Stillwater Barbeque. Then he heads for one of the most famed steak restaurants in Texas - Perini Ranch in the tiny town of Buffalo Gap, population 463 before the dinner hour and up about 20 percent when the ranch is serving."When I saw him walking up, I was a bit nervous. He can make or break a business," said Matt Proctor, the pit master and owner of Stillwater.Along with those two main stops, Vaughn tries out three other barbecue joints and a place ranked in the magazine's top 50, occasionally sampling a takeout plate off the trunk of his car to save time.At Perini Ranch, awarded an American Classic by the influential James Beard Foundation, Vaughn and owner Tom Perini share thoughts on mesquite, brisket and chuck wagon cooking."My definition of barbecue has only expanded. The more that I explore the subject, the more the subject grows," Vaughn said.(Reporting by Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Jill Serjeant)Join the conversation about this story
Click here to read full news..

Nigerian Jobs Headlines Today
[Sat-23-Oct-2021]

Renmoney Job Recruitment (8 Positions)

Verification Officer at Lendha

Digital Strategist at Ad-vise Digital Media

Credit and Collection Officer at Lendha

Country Director at Binance

Junior Product Designer at Renmoney

IT Sales Executive at Tranter IT Infrastructure Services Limited (TITIS)

HNJ Exclusive Job GOODY Bag - October Week Three UPDATE!

Associate Product Designer at Renmoney

Click to view all Nigerian Jobs headlines today

World Headlines Today
[Mon-25-Oct-2021]

$33.5-Million Estate In Montecito Draws On The Heritage Of Coastal California - Forbes

$5,000 Bonuses For Police Who Move To Florida' DeSantis Wants Reward For Officers Who Oppose Vaccine Mandates - Forbes

10 Steps For Changing The Legal Name Of A California LLC - Forbes

10 things before the opening bell - Business Insider

10 Things in Politics: January 6 survivors struggle to move on - Business Insider

10 things in tech you need to know today - Business Insider

14 Important Steps To Help You Review (And Reduce) Unnecessary Business Expenses - Forbes

15 Essential Elements Every Nonprofit Blog Should Incorporate - Forbes

15-year-old details harrowing days as captive to ruthless gang - CNN

Click to view all World headlines today

Entertainment Headlines Today
[Mon-25-Oct-2021]

#BBNaijaShineYaEye Finalists are The Sassy Six on the Cover of ThisDay Styles Latest Edition - Bellanaija

"Get your facts right before you accuse someone" Paul O, owner of company that managed Maria Chike, warns Cubana Chief Priest - Linda Ikeji

"How Are People Supposed to Survive'" - TBoss Cries Out Over Increase in Price of Cooking Gas - Tori

"How are people supposed to survive'"- TBoss laments increase in price of cooking gas - Linda Ikeji

"Nobody should blame Maria" Actress Charity Nnaji blames Cubana Chief Priest's "brother-in-law" for creating the environment that allowed the sidechic disrespect the wife - Linda Ikeji

"Now I know the meaning of for better and for worse"- Janemena writes as she shares video from the night her husband proposed to her - Linda Ikeji

"She stole my sister's husband" Cubana Chief Priest calls out BBNaija's Maria as he warns women to hide their husband's from her - Linda Ikeji

10 lessons I learnt in 10 years as lingerie entrepreneur, by Brief Essentials CEO - New Telegraph

10-year-old Favour Hopes to Positively Change Childrens Attitudes on Life with Her Book The King Must Not Die - Bellanaija

Click to view all Entertainment headlines today

Sports Headlines Today
[Mon-25-Oct-2021]

10 Realistic Predictions for 2022 NBA Trade Deadline - Bleacher Report

2020/2021 CAF Champions League: Rivers United fall to Sudan's Al Hilal - Vanguard

2021 MLB Free Agents: Latest Rumors, Predictions Before World Series - Bleacher Report

2022 National Sports Festival: 'How Delta State Will Host The Best Games In History' 'Okowa - Complete Sports

3 Takeaways from 49ers' Week 7 Loss - Bleacher Report

3 Takeaways from Bears' Week 7 Loss - Bleacher Report

3 Takeaways from Chiefs' Week 7 Loss - Bleacher Report

3 Takeaways from Eagles' Week 7 Loss - Bleacher Report

3 Takeaways from Giants' Week 7 Win - Bleacher Report

Click to view all Sports headlines today

News Archive
Nigerian Dailies: Punch  |  Vanguard   |  The Nation  |  Thisday  |  Daily Sun  |  Guardian  |  The Authority  |  Daily Times  |  Daily Trust  |  Daily Independent  |   The Herald  |  Tribune  |  Leadership  |  National Mirror  |  BusinessDay  |  New Telegraph  |  Peoples Daily  |  Blueprint  |  Nigerian Pilot  |  Sahara Reporters  |  Premium Times  |  The Cable  |  Osun Defender  |  PM News  |  APO Africa Newsroom

Categories Today: World  |  Sports  |  Technology  |  Entertainment  |  Business  |  Politics  |  Columns  |  All Headlines Today

Entertainment (Local): Linda Ikeji  |  Bella Naija  |  Tori  |  Pulse  |  The NET  |  DailyPost  |  Information Nigeria  |  Gistlover  |  Lailas Blog  |  Miss Petite  |  Olufamous  |  Stella Dimoko Korkus Blog  |  Ynaija  |  All Entertainment News Today

Entertainment (World): TMZ  |  Daily Mail  |  Huffington Post

Sports: Goal  |  African Football  |  Bleacher Report  |  FTBpro  |  Kickoff  |  All Sports Headlines Today

Business & Finance: Nairametrics  |  Nigerian Tenders  |  Business Insider  |  Forbes  |  Entrepreneur  |  The Economist  |  BusinessTech  |  Financial Watch  |  BusinessDay  |  All Business News Headlines Today

Technology (Local): Techpoint  |  TechMoran  |  TechCity  |  Innovation Village  |  IT News Africa  |  Technology Times  |  Technext  |  Techcabal  |  All Technology News Headlines Today

Technology (World): Techcrunch  |  Techmeme  |  Slashdot  |  Wired  |  Hackers News  |  Engadget  |  Pocket Lint  |  The Verge

International Networks:   |  CNN  |  BBC  |  Al Jazeera  |  Associated Press  |  Yahoo

Forum:   |  Nairaland  |  Naij



Other Links: Home   |  Nigerian Jobs   |  Desktop Version

External Links