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