BBQ Photographers

BBQ Photographers: Jody Horton

by Daniel Vaughn · May 19, 2014

Every month we bring you a profile of a photographer who has captured the people, the food and the spaces that make up the world of barbecue.

Jody Horton – Austin, Texas

Originally from Charleston, South Carolina, Jody has called Austin, Texas home for more than ten years.  Prior to refocusing on photography a few years ago he worked as a writer and editor and as a one-man documentary film production company that had no financial future whatsoever.  He studied English (BA) and Ethnology (MA) and would go back to school to study architecture if the human lifespan was longer. His interest in culture led him to travel extensively and to live in Southeast Asia and Costa Rica, but he is glad now to live in the middle of the most badass state in the country.

For his lifelong love of them, and to honor his South Carolina roots, Jody aspires to be the world’s premier oyster photographer, but barbecue has been good to him too. This month, Smoke: New Firewood Cooking written by Tim Byres with photographs by Jody Horton won a James Beard award. 

Horton’s clients also include Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Esquire, Southern Living, Texas Monthly, Garden & Gun, Whole Foods, Jack Daniel’s, Whataburger, Rizzoli, Chronicle Books, and Welcome Books.

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Cat Spring, Texas

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Boogie’s BBQ in Houston, Texas

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Aaron Franklin in Austin, Texas

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Franklin Barbecue Mixed Platter in Austin, Texas

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Gil Vrazel of Gil’s Bar-B-Que Shack
in Ellinger, Texas

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Tim Byres Preps a Pig

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Tim Byres Stoking Coals

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Brisket at Smoke in Dallas, Texas

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Taylor Cafe in Taylor, Texas

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Taylor Cafe in Taylor, Texas

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Taylor Cafe in Taylor, Texas

To view more of Jody Horton’s work visit or you can check out more barbecue photos and order prints here.

Every month TMBBQ highlights a photographer with a love for barbecue as subject matter. If you’d like your photos to be included in this online gallery please contact



    Kelly Yandell says:

    Wonderful shots. I think it is cool that this is evolving as a bona fide category of photography. I’m glad you are celebrating these Texas artists who are showing us the faces behind this smokey craft. Working those pits is a labor of love, fire and punishing hours. I think the photos bring home the fact that it is hard to put a price on a pound of smoked meat given the hot hours that go into it. This is great photographic work.

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