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Interview: John Mueller of John Mueller Meat Co.

Owner/Pitmaster: John Mueller Meat Co.; Opened 2013 Age: 46 Smoker: Wood-fired Offset Smoker Wood: Oak Mercurial is often the word chosen to describe John Mueller. Verbal attacks on customers and employees are a regular occurrence, but they keep coming back for his famous barbecue. There’s a famous name involved too. John’s father was the legendary Bobby Mueller who stoked the fires at the heralded Louie Mueller Barbecue in Taylor, Texas for decades before his death in 2008. John’s brother is Wayne…

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Nutter Buster BBQ

Lindsey Nutter and Brian “Buster” Rauschuber operate Nutter Buster BBQ from a trailer in a small dirt patch of a food truck park near 290 and MoPac in Austin. They sat in relative obscurity in Manchaca south of Austin for a year and a half, but a few months ago they scooted their way up Brodie Lane into Austin. You’ll only find them open three days a week, but then they both have day jobs. The entire…

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Keep The Kreuz Fires Burning

A new Kreuz Market doesn’t come along very often. They opened their doors in Lockhart as a meat market in 1900. In 1924 they moved to a new building, currently occupied by Smitty’s Market. They moved once again in 1999, thanks to a well publicized family tiff, to their generously sized brick building just across the tracks on the north side of Lockhart. There’s no record that I could find of how the pits were…

BBQ News: 01/23 – 01/29

- I wish this story would die, but for now brisket prices just keep going up. – Some barbecue restaurants in Lubbock are responding to the cost of brisket by raising their own prices, and one even added pulled pork to the menu. – Lots of new Texas sauces on the HEB shelves: Some of the best BBQ (sauce) in the world is being represented @HEB. @tmbbq pic.twitter.com/8s1YdXS724 — Jimmy Ho (@TheSmokingHo) January 25, 2015  …

Interview: Shane Wilkinson and Lynn Owens of Bartley’s BBQ

Business: Bartley’s BBQ; Opened 1968 Owner: Lynn Owens Pitmaster: Shane Wilkinson, 36 Smoker: Wood-Fired Rotisserie Pit Wood: Hickory Bartley’s BBQ has changed hands a number of times since it opened in 1968, and it was forced to change locations in the nineties. Shane Wilkinson is the pitmaster, and son-in-law of owner Lynn Owens, and he jokes that this once-temporary location in a strip mall has served them just fine. Lynn Owens is just getting back into the barbecue business after…

John Raven, PhB (1938 – 2015)

John Raven of Johnson City, Texas was a writer, a pioneer in the barbecue and chili competition circuit, and a part-time daredevil. He passed away January 15th at the age of seventy-six. Raven was outspoken about his contributions to barbecue, and valued flair over humility whenever possible. “I know more about barbecue than anyone,” is what he wrote in the first letter to the editor I received at Texas Monthly. He was asking to be…

Riverport For Sale

Joseph’s Riverport Barbecue For Sale

Stephen Joseph aims to sell out of his barbecue every day, but earlier this week he announced that he’s looking to sell more than brisket. Joseph’s Riverport Barbecue in Jefferson, Texas is officially for sale. Joseph has weathered a devastating fire and an economic downturn to keep the doors open for over twenty years. In 2013 it was named one of Texas Monthly’s fifty best barbecue joints in the state, but the challenges continue to mount…

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