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Louie Mueller Barbecue

Photograph by Wyatt McSpadden

Louie Mueller Barbecue has been described as a “cathedral of smoke,” and indeed, many of the trappings of organized religion are present here: the sacramental offerings, the priesthood in their ecclesiastical red apron-robes, the flock of devoted congregants, even the disciples (Austin barbecue star Aaron Franklin credits a bite of brisket on a trip to Louie Mueller in 2002 with his own conversion to the fatty faith). At most other joints, this level of veneration might feel off-putting, but Louie Mueller earns every bit of it. Not only has it been in business for 64 years (54 at the present location, which was formerly a gymnasium), but it also consistently delivers some of the best barbecue the state has to offer.

City: Taylor


Method: Post oak; indirect-heat pit

Pitmaster: Wayne Mueller (since 2008)

Pro-tip: The legendary beef rib weighs as much as a Volkswagen, but don't be deterred. You must try one.


Address: 206 W. 2nd, Taylor, TX, 76547

Hours: Mon-€“Fri 11-€“6, Sat 10-€“6

Phone: 512-352-6206

Website: louiemuellerbarbecue.com

Year Opened: 1949

Last updated: May 3, 2013