Ray Shepard & David Messersmith during their first visit to Snow's BBQ in Lexington. (Photo ©Chris Wilkins/Texas BBQ Posse)

Among the wonders of the world, it probably doesn't rank with Machu Picchu or the Great Pyramid of Giza.

But in the world of Texas barbecue, nothing compares to a trip to Snow's on a Saturday, the only day the joint is open. It's a rite of passage for lovers of smoked meat.

Soon after Posse co-founder Chris Wilkins posted a Facebook photo from our recent visit to Lexington, a commenter wrote: "Can't wait to get out there for the first time!!! Soon... very soon!!! The breakfast of champions for sure!"

And when he does get there, he'll probably pose in front of the famous sign -- "We traveled the distance..." -- and have his picture taken to commemorate his visit.

So, I asked Snow's owner Kerry Bexley, how many people have posed in front of that sign over the years?

"There's no way of telling," he answered.

How about a guess?

Bexley thought for a moment. He then estimated 25 a day, translating into more than 1,200 over the course of a year. Multiply that by the eight years Snow's has been open and you get about 10,000.

Based on our many trips to Lexington, though, I think Bexley might be underestimating. The number could easily be doubled.

Whatever the exact total, it's impressive.

And after we ate Saturday morning, the two members -- Ray Shepard and David Messersmith -- of our group making their first pilgrimages added to the number.

The Posse on their first BBQ journey in 2009. L-R: Mike Gibson. Gary Barber, Jesse Hart, David Guzman, Gary Jacobson & Chris Wilkins.


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