BBQ Photographers

BBQ Photographers: R.J. Hinkle

by Daniel Vaughn · June 30, 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.

R.J. Hinkle – Addison, Texas

A native son of the Lone Star State as well as a barbecue habitué, R.J. Hinkle is an advertising, commercial and editorial photographer based in Addison, Texas. For years he has been traveling to joints and smoke pits throughout the state to capture images of the people, the places and the smoky creations of Texas barbecue culture.  R.J. is an alum of Texas Tech University and serves on TTU’s College of Media and Communications’ National Advisory Board. He balances his BBQ addiction with enthusiastic but weak weekend Lance Armstrong impressions (blood tests reveal no EPO, but suspicious levels of a secret rub recipe known only to an elite Oak Cliff BBQ team). He lives in Coppell, Texas with his two fantastic kids and his beautiful, and very understanding, wife. In his spare time he has delusions of having spare time.

Pablo at Smitty's Market, Lockhart, Texas.

Pablo Garcia at Smitty’s Market in Lockhart

Kreuz Market - Lockhart, Texas

Kreuz Market in Lockhart

Tootsie Tomanetz

Tootsie Tomanetz at Snow’s BBQ in Lexington

Michael Aaron Hernanadez, pitmaster Hays Co. BBQ in San Marcos, Texas

Aaron Hernandez at Hays Co. BBQ in San Marcos

LA BBQ Pit Mater John Lewis, Austin, Texas

John Lewis at la Barbecue in Austin

Pitmaster John Fullilove, Smitty's Market Lockhart, Texas

John Fullilove at Smitty’s Market in Lockhart

Jim McLennan of Hashknife on the Chisholm, Peadenville, Texas

Jim McLennan of Hashknife on the Chisholm
in Peadenville

The Texas Triinity at LA BBQ, Austin, Texas

Smoked meat from la Barbecue in Austin

City Meat Market in Giddings, Texas.

Kendrick Robinson of
City Meat Market in Giddings

Lou Mueller Barbecue, Taylor, Texas

Bryan Gooding at Louie Mueller Barbecue in Taylor

Dirk Miller of Miller’s Smokehouse, Belton, Texas

Dirk Miller of Miller’s Smokehouse in Belton

Prause Meat Market La Grange, Texas

The pit at Prause Meat Market in La Grange

You can see more of R.J.’s work at

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