Daniel Vaughn: The BBQ Snob

Categories: People 2012

Daniel_Vaughn_03.jpg
In this week's Dallas Observer we profile 30 of the metro area's most interesting characters, with new portraits of each from local photographer Mark Graham. See the entire Dallas Observer People Issue here.

If you tend to the fires from which smoked brisket is rendered, be mindful: The BBQ Snob is watching. The self-proclaimed Prophet of Smoked Meat eyes your every move, silently judging as you lay that brisket down on a cutting board, watching the corners of that massive hunk of jet-black beef. Do they spring back as it lands, or do they settle and exhale, the relaxed sigh of well-cooked meat?

As you liberate each slice with a serrated blade, he watches the effort it takes. Easy knife work is an indicator of tender meat; too much labor and he knows the brisket is tough. It's all a precursor to that moment when Daniel Vaughn, architect by weekday and protein prognosticator by long, long weekend, takes his first bite.

Too often, tough, dry, flavorless meats draw wrath and disappointment. But when the stars align -- when a pitmaster knows and respects his brisket -- a gossamer webbing of inter-muscular fat and smoky, tender meat melt away, leaving only a glimpse into the heavens in their wake. This is what Vaughn has spent years of his life looking for. And the disciples on his blog, Full Custom Gospel BBQ, are growing.

Vaughn is 34 and easy to joke with over beers -- a guy you'd love to have at your family cookout, as long as he's not watching you work the grill. He hails from small-town Ohio, winding up in Dallas by way of New Orleans after a woman caught his eye, and then his heart. She dragged him to Texas, where he found barbecue -- his second love and new religion.

What started as a simple journal keeping track of his exploits became useful to other people as the site's archives grew. Reviews collected by the hundreds, culminating in stories in D Magazine and Texas Monthly. But it was the blessing of a celebrity carnivore that cemented Vaughn as a prophet worth following. When Anthony Bourdain himself anoints you the BBQ Yoda, readers really take notice. The acknowledgment culminated in a yet-to-be-aired appearance on No Reservations and even a deal for a book, a grease-stained tome that compiles nearly five years of smoky reverence. And luckily, Vaughn is still hungry.

See the entire Dallas Observer People Issue here.


Advertisement

My Voice Nation Help
15 comments
ChrisYu
ChrisYu

are there any good root canal bloggers out there? before i plunk down $$$...;)

Jay c. nelson d.d.s.
Jay c. nelson d.d.s.

I hope everyone reading this post and Kergo's comments will cut him some slack.  I admire anyone who has a passion at his level.  Give both credit for their passion, knowledge, and effort. They both, in their own way are ambassadors for our loved B-B-Q.  As I do know Daniel I can say he is a low-key guy that doesn't try to overwhelm or one-up anyone.  Just a very nice decent young man that loves the subject of B-B-Q but doesn't push his ideas upon anyone.  He is a valued member of our family.  Jay C. Nelson D.D.S. D

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

Oh dude, get over yourself....sheesh, let it go!  It was over freakin' days ago.  I admitted I was wrong, and that the site is a viable tool.  That's ALL you get. Talk about not reading content; read the above post(s)!?

just sayin'
just sayin'

Because he is a jackass. As soon as anyone read what he wrote in his first comment it was obvious that he had never even looked at daniel's website.

Bmarvel
Bmarvel

Then why the eruption of bile and hot air? 

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

Actually, I have referenced it many times now in the past few days; the site is a very useful tool, and I admire his passion for all things BBQ.   

Jay c. nelson d.d.s.
Jay c. nelson d.d.s.

I am Daniel's wife's uncle.  I know and admire Daniel a lot.  He works very hard at the subject of B-B-Q whicxh he loves just as Kergo.  Likely your mutual love of subject makes it likely than you both have much in common.  I was taken aback by  the harshness of Kergo's original posting.  Surely anyone who promotes B-B-Q benefits all enthusiasts.  I hope everyone gives Daniel credit for how hard he tries.  I also hope Kergo, likely a very good man will see their mutual interest.  Jay C. Nelson D.D.S.

Kergo 1
Kergo 1

Ohio/Middle America angst is the worst!  Driving through rusty towns to get to my beloved New England, is uhhhmmmm, angsty?!  The only thing worse than Ohio angst, is I-95, eastern seaboard, cruddy attitude, sitting in traffic angst. I dread it.  I once sat on the GW bridge in New York  for 4 hours, with some of the crudest, vile creatures god has ever created. I thought it COULDN'T get any worse, until a guy driving on only rims, ran into my car........and wouldn't stop.  Ever call NYPD for a traffic call?  The person at the police station, laughed and hung up on me. New York Angst!

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

Not being drawn offsides here.......thank you. His website is good. It can be used as a tool.  ps-People don't like my posts?  Okay. I think that's my role here-isn't it?  

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

I went to his blog, and read it-it's okay.  It's a labor of love....I get this.  But why is he in/on the DO?  We have foodtrucks to review!

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

It's sh+tturds like you that follow blindly, and aimlessly through this world. All I'm saying is, until you've loaded a pit, and under certain certain circumstances, reloaded a pit after it crashes.....I DON'T WANT TO HEAR IT!  You are akin to the tubby girl that thinks the celebrity fitness guy should tell you how to live/eat/work/think.  People render ENDLESS, and copious amounts of this precious life to "experts"-I say, just live it. Some of us don't need (I would venture to say the whole lot of us) Barney's BBQ Basic Tips.  Just reference Steven Raichlen's great book, The Barbecue Bible, and you'll be good!  It's that simple.  See, I feel bad for pungent, churning turds such as you, that rely on websites to know how to throw a T-bone, burger of brisket on the grill.  ps-BBQ is simple; based upon the basic premise of a primal need.......let's not make it rocket science.  ____________ "Just Sayin's" Holiday Family Grilling Guide, and Fun Manual: -read web reviews, then cook a f+cking, aimless mess. -"stomp out" someone's laptop with a drunken karate kick. -reread "BBQ Man's" guide to tender grilling -cook another eff'ing mess, and feed to Fido.  -be a follower.....seeking truth "sucks".  -go to Dickey's.

just sayin'
just sayin'

Godamn, you are an idiot. Check out his site before you say some dumb shit like the Dickey's comment. This guy knows bbq. I have yet to find a review that I didnt agree with. And I somehow doubt that a physical fight with you would be anything to worry about. All one would have to do is stomp out your laptop and self important blog addict like you would be neutered. And probably in tears.

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

Who?  Ohio?  REALLY!  Never heard of the guy, and don't care (no offense Baron of Beef, or whatever they call you)!.  Stand behind me after I've been smoking meats for 30 + years in cookers, pits, kilns, campfires, etc.- and criticize my technique.........we may fight.  Sure, you can coach Barney and His Grill, or Drunk Randy in Lakewood, but, PLEASE stay the hell way from my pit. The sacred pit.   ps-Probably thinks Dickey's is good. 

Now Trending

From the Vault

 

Loading...