For Austin chowhounds who are ever vigilant for new bbq options, John Mueller's Bar-B-Q is now open on Manor Road, near Chicon Street quite close to Hoover's. I've linked to the article about Central Texas barbecue dynasties from this week's Chronicle which has a piece on the Mueller family. Of course time is the measure for these places, but this may turn out to be a primary option for in-town cue. Here's my first-visit report
1- The Meat - I had brisket and beef short ribs, both nicely peppery crusted, obviously slow cooked, nice thick red smoke line on the brisket. If I could change one thing about it, it could have used a little more salt in the rub, both to make the pepper and smoke flavor pop out a little more. The slow cooking causes the brisket to have a crumbly quality, distinct from Kreuz' faster cooking process which produces a firmer slice. Fine work overall. Yes it was reminiscent of Mueller's in Taylor. They were temporarily out of sausage when I got there, so obviously more research is required.
2 - Everything else - Potato salad - spuds, mustard and pickles, nicely mushy. You have to ask for bread, which is a first in my Texas cue experience. Dr. Pepper in a can, nothing wrong with that. They have two sauces, I opted for the thinner vinegary one, which was hot enough but could have used a touch more tang. Couldn't tell you about the thicker sweeter one. The room is pretty basic, picnic tables, rolls of paper towels, hot sauce and sport peppers among the condiments. I went late lunchtime and there were twenty or so customers, looks like the capacity is 60-80. There was a short line, friendly service from the pit crew. Kudos and well wishes came from nearly everyone as they left the joint. I'll go back soon.
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