Dallas’ BBQ Snob, Daniel Vaughn, is Writing a Book for Anthony Bourdain’s New Ecco Line

Our BBQ guy, Daniel Vaughn

Anthony Bourdain’s a smart man for selecting Daniel Vaughn, BBQ Snob and the genius behind “Full Custom Gospel BBQ”, to write one of the three titles for his new line of books published under Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

Our favorite BBQ correspondent (who did his first print story with us) will be writing Prophets of Smoked Meat, a full-color tour of the best Texas barbeque joints he’s visited since he first got hooked on the ‘cue. The book will feature recipes of smoked classics and sides, and shed some light on some of the people whose passion drive the Texas BBQ food scene.

“Tony Bourdain and I are long lost brothers in meat. To have his support in writing a book about Texas Barbecue really just feels like an overdue family reunion,” says Vaughn.

Bourdain recognizes Vaughn as “the Yoda of Barbecue, a man of impeccable smoked meat credentials, known most notoriously as the guy upon whose tireless quest for slow-cooked meat-related wisdom mainstream media shamelessly piggybacks. With this book, we hope, he shall finally get his due as the undisputed, argument ending source of all knowledge.”

The first title under the Ecco line belongs to co-founder of the Kogi BBQ food trucks in Los Angeles, Roy Choi, while the third goes to Mark Miller, a kickboxing champion who struggled with addiction. Daniel Vaughn has the second title. Sidedishers, it looks like our BBQ Snob has made it to the big leagues! Go eat some BBQ to celebrate and do a jiggity-jig-jig.


  • Amy S

    Congratulations to Daniel and the entire Vaughn team.

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  • Scott–DFW

    Congratulations to Daniel for this well-deserved opportunity.

  • tb

    Glad to see anyone succeed. But, honestly, I find many of Daniel Vaughn’s BBQ assessments to be way off. And Bourdain’s “anointment” just confirms that DV’s a guy whose taste is very different from mine. Vaughn gets lots of praise in local food blogs and mags, but, for what it’s worth, at least one person (me) isn’t on his wavelength.

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  • tb -Sorry to disappoint with my reviews. I try my best to assess what I’m given on that particular day, but it can vary widely at any joint from day to day. Let me know which ones you think are way off, and I’ll consider a revisit to confirm.