Dan Gentile is a staff writer on Thrillist's national food and drink team. He lives in Austin, TX, the barbecue capital of the known universe. Follow him to the moistest brisket at @Dannosphere.
[We want to thank our illustrious crew of contributors, which included some of the biggest names in barbecue: Wayne Mueller, Louie Mueller Barbecue (Taylor, TX); Sam Jones, Skylight Inn (Ayden, NC); Kent Black, Black's Barbecue (Lockhart, TX); Daniel Vaughn, TX Monthly BBQ editor; Doug Worgul, Oklahoma Joe's Bar-B-Que (Kansas City, KS); Ash Fulk, Hill Country Barbecue Market (New York, NY); Doug Pickering, D.W.P. The Grill MD (Dallas, TX); Brad Orrison and Hobson Cherry, The Shed (Ocean Springs, MS); Kevin Bludso, Bludso's BBQ (Los Angeles, CA); Tuffy Stone, Q Barbeque (Richmond, VA); Rick Monk, Lexington Barbecue (Lexington, NC); Adam Perry Lang, Chef and Author of Serious Barbecue (Los Angeles, CA); Mike Mills, 17th Street Barbecue (Murphysboro, IL); Ken Hess, Big Bob Gibson's (Decatur, AL).]