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John Mueller Meat Company

(Now Closed)
BBQ Joint$$$$
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  • Austin Chronicle
    Austin ChronicleJune 5, 2013
    Unctuous rib meat barely clings to the smoke-stained bone before it melts in your mouth. John Mueller, the Yoda of beef ribs, dispenses fantastic barbecue in a relaxed, comfy trailer set-up. Read more
  • Dylan D.
    Dylan DrummondMarch 27, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The brisket is simply incredible--be sure to ask for burnt ends. Don't miss the cheese 'n squash side as well. Hands down, my favorite BBQ joint in Austin!
  • Marc
    MarcApril 21, 2015
    Thrillist Top BBQ List: JM delivers the goods w/brisket, sausage, and turkey, but it's the beef ribs that you'd better not miss, w/their fatty juiciness enhanced by a black pepper-loaded crust.
  • Siyun F.
    Siyun FanOctober 7, 2013
    Brisket brisket brisket!! Ribs too! Dry on the outside; Moist and juicy inside. Perfect! It's picked top 10 brisket by Thrillist!
  • Thrillist
    ThrillistJune 11, 2013
    John Mueller has re-emerged in a trailer behind East-side dive Kellee's to smoke the same meats that have made him on of the most skilled pitmasters in Texas. Read more
  • Leah J.
    Leah JohnsonAugust 16, 2013
    Wow. The beef ribs. So delicious! Definitely get brisket & beef ribs. Summer squash side was good too - like Mac 'n cheese but with squash instead of pasta.
  • Roaming Gnome
    Roaming GnomeMarch 11, 2014
    John Mueller is a legend. But his brisket is the famous bit. If you don't want to do the line at Franklin's this is where you need to stuff your gob instead.
  • The Tastes that Make the City
    The beef ribs is the best barbecue in Austin, which is why it’s on our list of The Tastes That Make the City: Austin. Read more
  • Cole H.
    Cole HFebruary 28, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Moist brisket, sausage, and potato salad are all solid bets. Oh, and don't forget to get a beef rib on the side!
  • Sandy M.
    Sandy MansfieldOctober 13, 2013
    In line today for 1 hour, got the LAST beef rib. It was worth the wait. The brisket was fantastic, too. God, it's good to live in Texas!
  • Brett G.
    Brett GrobarzMay 2, 2013
    Not the best BBQ in town, but no lines and good atmosphere make this a solid choice for anyone who doesn't want to sacrifice their entire day for lunch!
  • Sam W.
    Sam WAugust 7, 2014
    The brisket and ribs are awesome. The sauce needs some work. Get there early to beat the crowds.
  • Drew T.
    Drew TysonMarch 12, 2015
    Fantastic traditionally Texan smoked meats in an outdoor setting.
  • Allison L.
    Allison LApril 12, 2015
    Cheesy squash and Sriracha cole slaw are really good choice of sides
  • Allison L.
    Allison LApril 12, 2015
    I could do without the pork ribs. They where a little on the dry side, go with the beef instead.
  • Ashby F.
    Ashby FrankFebruary 12, 2016
    I've eaten BBQ all across the country, and I don't know how it could get any better than here. Get here early.
  • Desmond F.
    Desmond F.June 19, 2015
    The beef ribs are nothing short of heavenly. Also try the jalapeño cheese sausage!
  • Christian R.
    Christian RodriguezJanuary 13, 2016
    Call ahead - they're not open or serving half the time they're supposed to be. Like at 11:45a on a Wednesday, for example.
  • Mike T.
    Mike ToddOctober 4, 2013
    Meat church tent revival with a preacher who don't mess around. Save your soul with the meat miracle that is the beef rib.
  • Ashley C.
    Ashley ChoiAugust 7, 2014
    the best brisket in Texas hands down!!!! the owner is the best, handed out cold drinks in line even!
  • Allison L.
    Allison LApril 12, 2015
    Beef ribs and brisket are 2 must haves!
  • Allison L.
    Allison LApril 12, 2015
    Pork shoulder is really tender and juicy
  • Michelle P.
    Michelle PMay 24, 2013
    Get there early and get ya some brisket..can't go wrong!
  • Samuel Y.
    Samuel YuMay 17, 2013
    Overall, 90% as good as Franklin, with 10% the wait time.
  • Mark S.
    Mark SchramJanuary 23, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Beef rib, beef rib, beef rib. & Everything else as well.
  • carrie k.
    carrie kissellMarch 12, 2015
    (cash only) but pork ribs. definitely do the pork ribs.
  • Vonia
    VoniaMay 6, 2014
    Brisket! Ribs! Mueller himself is usually there, quite friendly.
  • Mike T.
    Mike ToddAugust 28, 2013
    Do NOT leave without laying hands on at least one beef rib--a true meat miracle
  • Will K.
    Will KivinskiJanuary 12, 2014
    Get the brisket and a free beer! =] The beef ribs were sold out! Boo!
  • Barry H.
    Barry HottMay 23, 2015
    Bourdain knows what's up: BEEF RIB
  • Nina Z.
    Nina ZhangSeptember 22, 2014
    Byob. No line when it opens. Not as good as la barbecue or franklin though.
  • Ian G.
    Ian GreenleighMay 12, 2013
    Try 1/2 burnt ends and 1/2 regular- they can be very salty and overwhelming.
  • Chase E.
    Chase EdgeJune 9, 2013
    Mr. Mueller is the man. Just hooked me up with a Lone Star.
  • Rissa P.
    Rissa PenaApril 29, 2014
    Tha!!;) great service and great live local music!!
  • Rachie A.
    Rachie AMay 4, 2014
    Get there early! The line gets long!
  • Jae S.
    Jae Salinas 🍜March 7, 2014
    Real deal. Don't fuck around, go early, get everything.
  • Michelle A.
    Michelle AndersonJune 17, 2015
    The pickles are way too sour but everything else is delicious.
  • Jocelyn M.
    Jocelyn MuitJanuary 3, 2016
    Order the brisket! It's amazing!
  • Jacob P.
    Jacob PenaApril 23, 2014
    Brisket slammed harder than the principal did Forest Gump's mom!
  • Jessica W.
    Jessica WongMarch 4, 2014
    If your a fan of pepper on everything then your kind of BBQ but I'm not.
  • Jordan S.
    Jordan StoneOctober 17, 2013
    Brisket, beef ribs and baked squash. A three pronged attack that hunger stands not chance against.
  • Pedro A V.
    Pedro A VillalobosMarch 23, 2014
    The ribs and BBQ sauce are amazing!
  • Jeff M.
    Jeff MeekerSeptember 27, 2014
    Show up early to get a beef rib
  • Nick S.
    Nick SchenckDecember 26, 2013
    If you only order one item, get beef ribs.
  • Katie K.
    Katie KagaFebruary 28, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Brisket! Brisket! Brisket!
  • Johann S.
    Johann StrohJuly 6, 2013
    The beef ribs are amazing
  • Gerrit S.
    Gerrit StrohJune 29, 2014
    Simply the best bbq on earth.
  • Angela C.
    Angela ClarkeMarch 20, 2014
    Go early before they sell out of ribs
  • Edith P.
    Edith PetrovicsFebruary 17, 2014
  • Jeff L.
    Jeff LeeFebruary 17, 2016
    Best BBQ I've ever had.
  • Jessica W.
    Jessica WongFebruary 26, 2014
    Not that great! Everything has so much pepper!!!
  • Saleem A.
    Saleem Abu-HalaJanuary 15, 2014
    Sick brisket and pork ribs.
  • Charles B.
    Charles BrentFebruary 23, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Order the beef rib!
  • Trevor
    TrevorJanuary 16, 2014
    Try the John Mueller!
  • aaron h.
    aaron haleyMarch 21, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the BBQ!
  • Lexy H.
    Lexy HasleyJanuary 27, 2015
    All the meat
  • aaron h.
    aaron haleyMarch 21, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Don't hassle John!!
  • Whitney M.
    Whitney MischAugust 29, 2013
    Avoid the beef sausage. Gross.
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