If you go to Texas to document food, you'd better get your hands on as much barbecued brisket as possible. That was our guiding principle at least. We scoped out two versions of barbecue in and around Austin: Franklin Barbecue, which is manned by barbecue whiz kids who currently smoke and serve naturally raised meats out of three trailers in a parking lot, and the deeply historical Louie Mueller, just outside of Austin in Taylor, Texas, where they've been doing stuff the same way at this location since 1959. Here's a look at Texas beef, dry rub, and lots of smoke.
3421 N. I-35, Austin
Louie Mueller Barbecue
206 W. Second Street, Taylor
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