John Mueller Meat Co.
John Mueller may be the fieriest pitmaster around. Last year, the grandson of famous Louis Mueller left his barbecue trailer on South First in the hands of his sister, amid scandal (it’s now called La Barbecue and has moved to East Sixth), and in February opened the John Mueller Meat Co. in East Austin. His temper, unpredictability and charm precede him, as do his classic, mouthwatering smoked meats and squash casserole (“It’s a dairy product, not a vegetable,” he told us). He turns out top-of-the-line brisket, ribs and sausage on East Sixth, all while refusing to let customers wait in line ahead of time for a more democratic system. The covered picnic tables and expansive space make a nice place to hang out with the family or grab a lunch with coworkers. Plus, with Mueller’s antics, like when he claimed that he “made the Austin barbecue scene,” you’ll always come away with a story.
2500 E. Sixth St.