Miller’s Smokehouse

208 N. Penelope
Belton, TX 76513

Phone: 254-939-5500
Hours: Open Tue-€“Thur 10:30-€“6:30, Fri & Sat 10:30-€“9
Website: www.wildmillers.com

Opened 2008
Pitmaster Dirk Miller and Robert Reid
Method Post and live oak; indirect-heat pit
Pro Tip Take home sausage from the butcher case.

TMBBQ Rating: 4.25

Texas Monthly BBQ Top 50

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March 28, 2012

Dirk Miller knows his way around meat. He’s a deer processor, taxidermist, sausage maker and a master at the barbecue pit. Hidden a couple blocks down a side street in Belton you’ll find his small but expanding storefront. On the way there it’s hard to ignore the billboards and prominent location of nearby Schoepf’s right on Central Avenue, but the few extra blocks are painless. It started with a single smoker and a tiny dining…

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Awesome Q as always!
John Brotherton @ Miller’s Smokehouse, 2014-12-06 21:36:02
I enjoyed one of the best nuggets of brisket at this little hidden gem. This is what brisket was intended to taste and look like
Andrew Sanderson @ Miller’s Smokehouse, 2014-10-20 17:53:27
Nice place
Stephen McHaney @ Miller’s Smokehouse, 2014-10-01 04:14:34
Some of best ribs, brisket and sausage that I have ever had. A must when in the area.
scott7 @ Miller’s Smokehouse, 2014-05-23 13:26:00
Great ribs and sides.
SusieQ @ Miller’s Smokehouse, 2014-05-17 14:50:48
Some of the best I've had anywhere. The jalapeño cheese sausage is terrific, and the brisket was buttery smoky perfection. Awesome place near the top of my all time list.
Scott Jarvis @ Miller’s Smokehouse, 2014-04-08 14:10:59
White meat is the name of the game here. Best chicken in the business and the pulled pork is the real deal as well.
Brad Golub @ Miller’s Smokehouse, 2014-03-20 14:12:55
Got some brisket to go as "road food". Nice smoky flavor but little spice or salt. Flavored seem to develop a little better as the meat cools slightly. Also bought summer sausage. Stay tuned for the report on it.
Marcy Newman @ Miller’s Smokehouse, 2014-01-22 16:14:40
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May 14, 2013

If Miller’s were in Austin, it might have started in a food truck. Instead, Dirk Miller began cooking in the front room of his meat-processing and taxidermy business, which opened in 2006. First came sausage wraps and pulled pork in 2008; he started “throwing briskets” on the smoker a year later. Good move, as his brisket is now one of the best in the state, with great flavor, nice bark, and juicy, melty, beautifully rendered fatty slices. In 2011 Miller took the plunge and converted the building into a full-time restaurant (the meat-processing operation was moved to another building). He built out a roadhouse-style dining area in the back to supplement the cramped front room with yellow booths (taken from a former Subway) and started cooking. The result? Miller’s serves up around five hundred pounds of its own pork-and-beef sausage each week: regular, jalapeño-cheese, and a pre-smoked hot link (they also have dried “snack sticks” and a brisket summer sausage). All of them are excellent: a crumbly yet firm well-seasoned filling in a tight, nicely smoked casing. No sauce is needed for the brisket, naturally, but it’s the perfect tangy-sweet accompaniment to the hot link on a piece of white bread. Potato salad is made elsewhere, but the beans are prepared in-house—and deliciously peppery and simple, with no added flavoring or hunks of meat.

For the first couple of years, Miller’s maintained a casual, “until we run out” sort of air. But now that business has picked up, Miller and his right-hand man smoke in shifts (with one starting at three in the morning and one at eight), meaning you can show up here for supper and be sure you’re getting meat that hasn’t been sitting for very long. Pork ribs only get a turn on Friday and Saturday, which is also when the cornbread makes an appearance. Dirk’s wife, Lisa, makes both that and the pies, including coconut-pecan, which sells out every day, and County Fair, with chocolate and peanut butter chips and walnuts. Miller’s doesn’t have a billboard on Interstate 35, but it’s very close to the highway, making it an ideal place to stop on a Dallas-Austin jaunt.

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