Wyatt McSpadden’s new barbecue book features city slickers, old school pitmasters alike

If you haven’t seen Texas barbecue through Wyatt McSpadden’s eyes, then you haven’t seen Texas barbecue.

Aaron Franklin is one of the newcomers to the Texas barbecue scene featured in Wyatt McSpadden’s new book. Contributed by Wyatt McSpadden.

McSpadden is the Austin-based photographer and longtime Texas Monthly contributor who has been chronicling the state’s barbecue culture for more than 20 years. In 2009, he published “Texas BBQ,” which earned him the title of “official barbecue photographer of Texas” from the magazine’s barbecue editor, Daniel Vaughn, and in the years’ since, he has continued to visit every barbecue joint he can with a camera in hand.

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Wyatt McSpadden, author of a new book called “Texas BBQ: From Small Town to Downtown,” has spent more than 20 years traveling around Texas to visit barbecue joints. Contributed by Wyatt McSpadden.

The result is a new book, “Texas BBQ: From Small Town to Downtown,” which features the many urban barbecue restaurants that have opened in the past decade, including Dallas’s Pecan Lodge and Cattleack Barbecue and Whup’s Boomerang Bar-B-Que in Marlin. Vaughn and Austin’s Aaron Franklin provide reflections on barbecue to accompany the images.

His book signing on Friday at 7 p.m. at BookPeople, presented by Edible Austin, will have Blacks BBQ and Saint Arnold’s Beer on hand.


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