After almost a decade of hopping around East Austin in various food trucks (and sharing a space with a high-end convenience store), La Barbecue has found a permanent home. The new digs are covered in artwork that ranges from the sentimental, like the painting of LeAnn’s mother, Trish (she helped run Louie Mueller Barbecue, in Taylor, with LeAnn’s father, the late Bobby Mueller), to the eclectic, like a T. rex snacking on anthropomorphic sausages. If, like that dinosaur, you crave sausage, you’ll want to try the original, jalapeño, and chipotle versions. They go great with the spicy dill pickles, and it’s hard to beat the flavor combination of a La Barbecue brisket burnt end and a forkful of the sweet-pepper-and-cucumber kimchi. As for pure comfort food, don’t miss the classic shells and cheese or the Japanese-inspired sausage-and-brisket chili.
Method: Post oak; offset smoker
Pitmaster: Ali Clem, 40; LeAnn Mueller, 49
Pro-tip: If you’re in the mood for smoked craft hot dogs, try Mueller’s and Clem’s Red Rocket Wiener Wagon pop-up.