Louie Mueller Barbecue
Louie Mueller Barbecue is a barbecue restaurant in Taylor, Texas. Called "the epitome of Texas barbecue" by The New York Times, the restaurant focuses on beef brisket, beef ribs, hand made beef sausages, pork ribs, and other smoked meats. Louie Mueller has been in operation since 1946 and became its own entity in 1949. Its current location, inhabited since 1959, was formerly a gymnasium in downtown Taylor. The establishment is named for its original owner, and uses native post oak wood as fuel in its pits. In 2013, a fire destroyed the original brick pit at the restaurant's location, though other pits were unscathed.
Louie Mueller is one of the most famous barbecue eateries in the world. It was named one of the 50 Best Barbecue Joints in the World by Texas Monthly. In 2006, it was awarded a James Beard Foundation Award in the "America's Classics" category, the first Texas barbecue restaurant to be recognized by the James Beard Foundation.
- "Stalking 4-Star Barbecue In the Lone Star State", The New York Times, July 24, 2002
- "Second Fire at Louie Mueller Barbecue Destroys Original Brick Pit", Austin Chronicle, February 25, 2013
- "Barbecue's New Battle Breaks Out in Austin", The New York Times, June 18, 2011
- "Louie Mueller Barbecue", Texas Monthly
- "JBF America's Classics", jamesbeard.org
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