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Central Texas BBQ Tour

cazzycazzy Posts: 7,950
edited January 2014 in EggHead Forum
While we intended to visit more places today, we kept it to two.  That was more than enough BBQ, so tonight we'll do something opposite of BBQ (Suggestions are welcome). 

Our first stop was John Mueller Meat Co. We got there at 10:30am and were the first in line.

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Point Brisket (7 out of 10), flat brisket (5 out of 10), pork ribs (8 out of 10), beef rib (8.5 out of 10), Sausage (5 out of 10), and Cheesy Squash (8 out of 10)
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So I was snapping this pic of his wood and John zipped past and photobombed the shot.  John stops and looks at me and asks "Do I come in your backyard and take pictures?"  I respond and say "nope".  He then asked "You know I have a reputation to be a d#@* right?"  I said "That's what I heard but I don't want to believe it sir!"  He emphatically responded "well you better f&^*ing believe it."  He paused for a second, then said "i'm just messing with you, go right ahead".    =))
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John was back there, but he wasn't too approachable, so we didn't really talk much after that.   I thanked him for a great meal and he said he appreciated us coming out.
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I thanked the staff and snapped a pic of some beef ribs John just dropped off.
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All in all, it was a great visit and I'll definitely return to John's backyard.  I think it's probably better to come after noon or 1pm as it will be more popping with folk music and hipsters.  


Our next stop was to La Barbecue.  We arrived at around 11:05am and there was about a 25 minute wait.  John Lewis is the pitmaster here and for those of you that don't know, he was Franklin BBQ's Pit Boss and the trailer and B&M before they parted ways in 2012.  Folk music was going and the free Lone Star was flowing into all the hipsters.  
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I get up to the window and John Lewis is cutting, which I love!  There is nothing better than a pitmaster serving his own product, as I believe they take more pride in what they serve you.  "Can I have please 3 slices of point, and 1 slice of flat?"  John says "Oh, you know how to order" (that was his point but probably not verbatim to deserve a quote) and smirked at me.  I asked him about some of his activity at another BBQ site while I ordered the rest of my grub.  

Point Brisket (9 out of 10), Flat brisket (10 out of 10), Beef Rib (10 out of 10), Sausage (8 out of 10), Pork Ribs (5 out of 10), Turkey (8 out of 10) and baked beans (8 out of 10)
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Best freaking flat i've had in my life!
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After we were done, John was at his pit and I told him that the point and beef ribs were exactly what I expected, but I was most impressed with how much he nailed his flat.  He smiled and thanked me.  We got to talking about his rub and he asked me "would you like some rub to take home?"  I said "HELL YEAH, I would LOVE some rub!!"  He came back and hooked me up with a generous portion of rub.  He then showed me some briskets ( I was so in awe, I didn't take a pic even though I had my camera in my damn hand) in his pit for tomorrow, and we chatted BBQ for about 30 freaking minutes.  What an amazing experience and I learned a ton of information after a wonderful meal.  Definitely lived up to his reputation as being an awesome dude!

Some sausage he pulled off as we were talking.
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Right before I left, he was relaxed and I saw a perfect photo opportunity, so of course I asked to snap a pic of him.   :)
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More pics to come tomorrow after we visit Franklin BBQ.

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  • Little StevenLittle Steven Posts: 27,320
    I thought that was what Salado was about. I'm gonna cook some Indian stuff if Mickey will lend me his le Creuset.

    Steve 

    Caledon, ON

     

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  • MickeyMickey Posts: 16,420
    I thought that was what Salado was about. I'm gonna cook some Indian stuff if Mickey will lend me his le Creuset.

    Would that be Cherokee or Apache?
    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini, just added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

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  • MickeyMickey Posts: 16,420
    Caz that last pic is the best I have seen of yours. Outstanding portrait Sir.
    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini, just added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

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  • Thanks for sharing, very enjoyable read.
    Large BGE Middletown, MD
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  • jls9595jls9595 Posts: 1,317
    awesome post, can't wait to see more tomorrow.
    In Manchester, TN
    Vol For Life!
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  • Chris_WangChris_Wang Posts: 1,253
    Can't wait to see more. Great post.

    Ball Ground, GA

    ATL Sports Homer

     

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  • GQuizGQuiz Posts: 684
    Dude, you have to put out a magazine. Incredible pics. La Barbecue is on the definite must visit list. East 6th, right?

    XL BGE; Schertz TX by way of Stow OH. #egghead4life
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  • R2Egg2QR2Egg2Q Posts: 1,652
    Great post and pics! I know the saying of "never trust a skinny chef" but I would definitely trust John Lewis if he can cook like that!
    XL, Large, Small, Mini Eggs
    Bay Area, CA
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  • Cazzy, what's with the Vikes avatar?  Are you from MN?
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  • EggcelsiorEggcelsior Posts: 11,298
    Nice. I'll need to hit up those spots when I head to Georgetown/Salado. Hopefully, if I get to Muellers after 1 he'll be kicking hipster ass so I don't have to. Seems like a cool guy.
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  • DMWDMW Posts: 6,822
    Ok, between this weather and the BBQ joints in Texas, maybe a move to Texas is what I need...
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  • cazzycazzy Posts: 7,950
    Had to take the kids to see the Texas State Capitol, right?

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  • cazzycazzy Posts: 7,950
    edited January 2014
    During my visit to La Barbecue, I was pretty damn bummed that one of the owners wasn't there.  LeAnn Mueller not only runs a great BBQ joint, but she is a pretty kick ass professional photographer (see her work here) too.  

    Move forward 9 hours and we decided we wanted pizza.  I used some Google Fu and found this spot called Bufalina that looked good.  I honestly said in my head, I think @CarolinaQ "might" hit this place up if he were here.  lol

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    Place was packed, had an hour & a half wait, so we just took two pies to go.  As I'm waiting, the bartender starting chatting with me.  I mentioned that I was from San Antonio and was in town for a BBQ tour.  After telling him I went to John Mueller Meat Co. and La Barbecue, he cracked a cheesy smile.  He pointed outside and said "That's La Barbecue right there".  I asked, "is that LeAnn Mueller?"  He said "yep, you have to go outside and talk to her".  What are the damn odds of that happening?  LOL   I talked to her a lil, and then told her how wonderful the experience was!  She was very nice and thankful that I approached her.

    I must say, this is probably one of the best birthday weekends i've had in a long damn time!   :D
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  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 8,382
    edited January 2014
    cazzy said:
    I think @CarolinaQ "might" hit this place up if he were here.  lol

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    If they do their pies on a WFO, yeah, I"d go. :)

    Nice OP, man, but I gotta say all your name dropping was lost on me. Never heard of any of 'em - restaurants or people. But then, the last time I spent any time in Texas, it was a LONG time ago and I was at Lackland. :) 

    Food looked good though.  
    :D
    Michael 
    Central Connecticut 

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  • calikingcaliking Posts: 6,974
    Sounds like you're living the dream! Thanks for sharing. Waiting for tomorrow's installment.

    #1 LBGE December 2012 • #2 SBGE February  2013 • #3 Mini May 2013
    A happy BGE family in Houston, TX.
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  • TUTTLE871TUTTLE871 Posts: 1,316
    That's a solid BBQ tour, I think my central BBQ tour will be @cazzy for wings and then @travisstrick for brisket and the final stop will be @mickey for home.

    That will be perfect

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  • Need to try salt lick and for chain BBQ i believe Rudy's does an incredible job. I used to cover texas with my old territory. I really miss working out there. One of the main reasons was the food
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  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 6,461
    @cazzy-most eggcellent post and pics.  You did a great job of highlighting each stop!  Can't wait for the remainder of the journey write-up. 
    Congrats on your successful completion of another lap of the sun.  Gonna be tough to top this one.
    Louisville
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  • GQuizGQuiz Posts: 684
    @cazzy Did you buy lottery tickets yesterday?

    XL BGE; Schertz TX by way of Stow OH. #egghead4life
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  • TerrebanditTerrebandit Posts: 1,317
    You headed to Lockhart too?
    Dave - Austin, TX
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  • cazzycazzy Posts: 7,950
    9:35am and yes, it is this ridiculous!
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    I am first in line! :D
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  • FoghornFoghorn Posts: 2,518

    Dude, if I weren't working I would PM you my order and start heading your way.

    "I'm with Cazzy - you know, the famous chicken wing guy at the front of the line"

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  • @cazzy I hope your rating system goes to 11!
    If the world is something you accept rather than interpret, then you're susceptible to the influence of charismatic idiots.

    Currently in Albuquerque, where I'm kicking ass every day, even without a basket.  
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  • boatbumboatbum Posts: 1,273
    Good reporting.   I am enjoying reading about the tour.
    Cookin in Texas
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  • MickeyMickey Posts: 16,420
    Caz will you even talk to us low folk in Salado?
    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini, just added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

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  • cazzycazzy Posts: 7,950
    Oh my nom nom!!!
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  • henapplehenapple Posts: 14,429
    We'll be having Capt Crunch ...
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
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  • cazzy said:
    Oh my nom nom!!!
    Pics or it didn't happen!
    If the world is something you accept rather than interpret, then you're susceptible to the influence of charismatic idiots.

    Currently in Albuquerque, where I'm kicking ass every day, even without a basket.  
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  • cazzycazzy Posts: 7,950
    cazzy said:
    Oh my nom nom!!!
    Pics or it didn't happen!
    Come on, yall know me better than that!   :D
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  • henapplehenapple Posts: 14,429
    Omg...The flood of awesome pictures that will follow is gonna blow up the forum....

    :))
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
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