John Mueller Meat Co.

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

Hours: Tue–Sun 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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Wow! Brisket(lean and moist) was special! Sliced pork was also divine. Only wish I had shown up earlier to taste the beef rib...
Omar Lemus @ John Mueller Meat Co., 2014-04-24 15:10:25
The best peppery bark of any brisket I've ever had.
Peter Einhorn @ John Mueller Meat Co., 2014-04-07 09:04:49
Went yesterday sold out at two ill ht some next time
doug_wallace @ John Mueller Meat Co., 2014-04-05 12:38:10
Had brisket ribs and sausage. All very good with peppery taste. The best sides ever.
Roman @ John Mueller Meat Co., 2014-03-14 12:24:37
A great day in Austin... 65 degrees and BBQ @ John Mueller's!! Brisket, Pork Ribs and a Link with pintos and killer cheesy squash (extra cheesy today!) - fantastic as usual.
John Warren @ John Mueller Meat Co., 2014-02-21 13:36:52
Went here twice this week, Sunday and today, both times the brisket was dry. Flavor was good but there was no moisture at all. The little bit was not edible. Beef rib was very good.
Bob Conti @ John Mueller Meat Co., 2014-01-15 14:45:52
Another great trip to JMMC! Today had brisket, beef sausage, baked squash, and cole slaw. The bark, smoke ring, and tenderness were superb. Great smokiness and that perfect peppery rub... Beef sausage here is one if my favorites. Great snap and texture. Nice spice blend and beef flavor. The baked squash was really good. Big chunks of squash in a nice cheese sauce. I can't get enough of the chipotle cole slaw! 'Nuf Said!
John Warren @ John Mueller Meat Co., 2013-11-15 13:44:51
Showed up on line at 11:45. When it was my turn to order the only thing left was Briquet and pork shoulder. Really enjoyed the crust on the pork shoulder. Brisket was tender and juicy.
Craig Crossan @ John Mueller Meat Co., 2013-09-22 13:40:41
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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.)

Comments

  • NCAAFBALLROX

    When should I bring my camper?

  • Anonymous

    Hang in there John Smok em out Go Ducks

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    john brought an ice chest full of bbq by the cafe sunday…..SO GLAD HE IS BACK!!!