Dallas Morning News staffer Tom Fox works the line at Franklin BBQ. (Photo ©Chris Wilkins/Texas BBQ Posse)

We had several firsts for the Posse on our recent Best of Texas BBQ Tour. This was the first tour spanning three days and also our first trip taken to rank the top joints in the state. The results will be published in The Dallas Morning News and online on March 10.

Another first was to have the Morning News assign a staff photographer to travel with us, documenting the 700-mile journey to the best BBQ joints in Texas. The Posse is made up mainly of photographers and writers, but we'd never had someone fully dedicated to shooting the trip. There's a big difference between shooting with your iPhone or happy snapper, as opposed to using full pro gear.

Over 100 folks waited in the line at Franklin Barbecue on a recent Saturday at 11am. (Photo by Tom Fox/DMN)

Award-winning photojournalist Tom Fox was the lucky staffer assigned to shoot the trip. Tom is a member of the DMN photo team that won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography for coverage of Hurricane Katrina.

Tom is a tremendous shooter, but also a BBQ connoisseur. Besides shooting, he was also one of the six judges who scored brisket, ribs and sausage at each of our ten tour stops.

In addition to still photography, Tom also shot video clips and 360-degree panoramas of our top seven BBQ joints, which you're going to have to see to believe. Stay tuned, our story and multimedia package on the Best of Texas BBQ Tour will debut soon.

Tom shoots our meat spread at Louie Mueller BBQ in Taylor. (Photo ©Chris Wilkins/Texas BBQ Posse)


Our brunch of brisket, ribs and sausage at Louie Mueller BBQ. (Photo by Tom Fox/DMN)

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