John Mueller Meat Co.

2500 E. 6th, entrance on Pedernales
Austin, TX 78702

Hours: Daily 10:30 till meat runs out (usually early afternoon)
Website: johnmuellermeatco.com
Twitter: @jsm_meat

Opened 2013
Pitmaster John Mueller
Method Oak; indirect-heat pit
Pro Tip John may yell at you. Don't take it personally.

TMBBQ Rating: 4.5

Texas Monthly BBQ Top 50

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May 14, 2013

If there’s a dark prince of Texas barbecue, it’s probably John Mueller, the famously irascible, hugely talented, at times erratic master of meat who left his family’s legendary joint—Louie Mueller Barbecue, in Taylor—and set out on his own in 2001 with John Mueller’s B-B-Q, on Austin’s East Side. By 2003, that joint had acquired both a fanatical following and a spot on our top fifty list. The briskets were the best in town, and John…

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Cold Austin day and a 2 hr wait at Fanklins but not wait at Muellers and just as good if not better.
Bubba Schmidt @ John Mueller Meat Co., 2014-12-02 17:50:31
Brisket was tender and delicious! Crispy, peppery bark. Sauce was watery but good
Nathaniel Cox @ John Mueller Meat Co., 2014-11-08 21:10:31
No beef ribs. :(
John Matteo @ John Mueller Meat Co., 2014-10-05 16:13:26
Ribs are the bomb today
Todd David @ John Mueller Meat Co., 2014-09-28 16:30:35
Was unbelievable. Now the brisket was another story, it was chewy and bland. This place was always my favorite go to joint. The first place I went to eat upon arriving in Austin. The last 4 times over a six month period have been disappointing, seems like his heart is not into it.
Bob Conti @ John Mueller Meat Co., 2014-09-11 23:41:28
Stopped Sunday Sept 7 at 11am. Out of beef ribs. I had the brisket, pork ribs, and sliced pork. Pork ribs were fantastic as was the sliced pork. The flavor and tenderness of the pork p
Bob Conti @ John Mueller Meat Co., 2014-09-11 23:37:04
Loved that there was no wait unlike that other place on East 6th. Fatty brisket was as advertised. Pepper on crust was perfect. Jalapeño sausage was okay. Loved the cheesy squash - my new favorite side. No beef ribs today sadly. Drank the BBQ sauce too; very good stuff.
Rahul Yaratha @ John Mueller Meat Co., 2014-08-29 16:44:19
A nice outdoor space with a shack and a smoker, I loved the atmosphere. John comes across as gruff, but is hilarious. Brisket - the brisket was outstanding. Flaky soft and incredible smoky flavor with just the right crust of pepper and spices. Excellent. Beef rib - this this was ginormous. Thick meat with a heavy pepper crust. The rub adds great flavor, but was a bit too overpowering for me. Peeled it off and wowzers….a tremendously flavorful and moist rib awaited me. Pork ribs - to John’s credit he gave me these for free because it was the end of the rack. Great flavor, but not much meat to go along with the thick layer of fat. Definitely not a highlight for me. Sides - the cheesy squash was unique. Not great, but unique and worth a try Brisket was great, one of the best lean cuts I’ve had while the moist was overpowered with fat, as expected. Still good. Beef rib was huge and good. Overall I say B +
Scott Jarvis @ John Mueller Meat Co., 2014-07-01 21:56:39
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Review

February 5, 2013

You may remember last October when John Mueller was shut out of his well-regarded JMueller BBQ trailer on South First Street in Austin. He wasn’t happy about it, to say the least, but stayed quiet, plotting his return. That return will occur in just two weeks, and for smoked meat lovers everywhere, let’s hope it’s a triumphant one.

Saturday, February 23rd will be the opening day of John Mueller Meat Co., and the trailer will be set up in the parking lot of Kellee’s at 2500 E. 6th Street. This will put John a stone’s throw from Franklin Barbecue and spitting distance from Live Oak Barbecue in East Austin.

The new trailer will be open Tuesday through Saturday with the same menu that I applauded at John’s old location. Just like his previous set-up you can eat at one of the picnic tables in front of John’s trailer, or you can take your barbecue inside and buy a beer at Kellee’s.

If you’re too impatient to wait two weeks, you can get a preview in Houston where John will be smoking brisket, ribs, and sausage for Q for a Cause from twelve to four at Cottonwood Bar at 3422 N. Shepherd on this Saturday, February 9th.

Finally, for all the folks with unfulfilled hope that the Aaron Franklin versus John Mueller barbecue rivalry would blossom, they can now shift their focus to a genuine intra-city family feud. John’s sister LeAnn Mueller (who ousted him from the trailer on South First Street) and (I’m guessing former) friend John Lewis now head up the pits at La Barbecue in John Mueller’s old barbecue trailer. Sparks are gonna fly.

(This review originally appeared on Full Custom Gospel BBQ.)

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