We're hosting SOME of the most revered pitmasters in Texas!
Louie Mueller Barbecue
When there is a list of top barbecue in the country, Louie Mueller Barbecue in Taylor is usually on it. Louie, himself, managed the town’s first Safeway store back in 1936, from there, he went on to open his own store and then, in 1949, his barbecue joint. The store relocated to its current location at 206 W. Second St. in 1959. Bobby took over the family business and when Louie retired in 1974.
The place was featured in Chris Elley’s highly acclaimed documentary, "Barbecue: A Texas Love Story," in 2004 and the next year in the Emmy-winning documentary, "the Masters of Texas Barbecue" by Russell Yarnell. Many awards and accolades later, Louie Mueller was named the "Official Best Barbecue in Texas — 2008".
Vencil Mares served as a medic in World War II. When he returned to Central Texas after the war, he went to work for Southside Market in Elgin making $25 a week. It was there, working in the smoke pit, that he learned the secrets of the barbecue trade, including how to make his much acclaimed sausage. Eventually, he saved up enough to buy an old railroad hotel north of the tracks in Taylor and opened Taylor Café in 1949. Taylor Café’s hundred-year-old building is as distinctive as Vencil’s ketchup-based barbecue sauce, complete with jukebox, mismatched bar stools, and an antique cash register. Taylor Café has been housed in the same building since it opened and the quality of its menu have never waivered.
Brotherton's black iron Barbecue
John Brotherton is working to put Pflugerville on the barbecue map with his catering and pop-up Brotherton Barbecue. John has worked in the Hall of Flame BBQ in Pflugerville and Curly’s in Round Rock and brings flavor to the table. You won’t want to miss it.
The Original Blacks Barbecue
The “Original Black’s Barbecue” opened in 1932. Now four generations of the Edgar Black family later, the Original Black’s in Lockhart is the oldest BBQ joint in Texas, always owned by the same family! Named a “Top 50 in Texas BBQ Joint” by the Texas Monthly magazine, the Original Black’s BBQ continues to serve generations of Texans.
Pappa Charlie’s Barbecue
Wesley Jurena credits his dad – Charlie – for getting him hooked on barbecue. He cooked his first brisket in 1983, when he was 18. After what he says were “25 years of burning meat in the backyard,” he moved on to the competition circuit where he competed for five years before setting up shop out of a 20-foot trailer. Receiving acclaim from some of the top barbecue voices in state, Pappa Charlie’s opened its brick and mortar restaurant in October 2015
Southside Market & BARBEQUE
Elgin & Bastrop
First established in 1882, Southside Market & Barbeque is the oldest BBQ joint in Texas! Started in Elgin, Texas by William J. Moon selling fresh meats door to door from the back of a wagon. With no refrigeration to store his overstocked meats, Mr. Moon began smoking them, over Texas post oak wood, to sell as barbeque. Using his beef trimmings to make sausage, Southside quickly became known for their Original Elgin Hot Guts! When Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Bracewell bought the business in 1968, they continued the tradition of serving top quality meats while also working to make Southside more of a family friendly, all-inclusive market and dining option for the Elgin community. Now owned and operated by third generation Pitmaster Bryan Bracewell, Southside has grown to two restaurants with butcher shops as well as a USDA inspected processing facility where the company produces and distributes Southside branded sausage and barbeque products across Texas and many other states in the USA.
MICKLETHWAIT CRAFT MEATS
Serving Central Texas style barbecue in East Austin since December 2012, Micklethwait’s house-made specialties include house-made sausage, brisket, sliced pork shoulder, house-made bread and pickles, and unique desserts and sides such as homemade moon pies and jalapeño cheese grits. They won the Austin Chronicle’s Beef Rib Smackdown in January 2014 and have been featured on The Jimmy Kimmel Show, The Cooking Channel’s Eat Street, The Discovery Channel’s Barbecue Paradise, The Wall Street Journal, Esquire, Texas Monthly, and more!
Born and raised in the Fort Worth area
4th generation pitmaster
Over 20 years in the barbecue business
Owner and operator of Joe Riscky’s Barbeque
Reverend James Davis, Jr. opened Davis Grocery & BBQ in 1994, after having a vision that compelled him to do the Lord’s work through the power of smoked meat. He grew up in the area and helped his father cook BBQ in the old-fashioned way; digging a hole in the ground and placing the meat on burning coals. Reverend Davis still works at the restaurant and store, serving as the pit boss.