Part 5 of 5
This is the 5th (and final) installment of my 5 part "Texas BBQ Road Trip 2010". Texas Monthly Magazine listed the top 50 BBQ Joints in Texas and I had the honor/dishonor of attending 5 of the 50 establishments during Memorial Weekend.
Taylor, Tx is boring. It is your normal small town with nothing to do outside of raising cattle and picking cotton. If you want to drive a little down south you can go watch some minor league baseball in Round Rock. If your up for a longer drive you can take back your sanity (or lose it even more) in Austin, Tx. Luckily for the residents of Taylor, Tx there is Louie Mueller BBQ to help them cope from dying of boredom. Louie Mueller's isn't just some great BBQ joint that wins awards (like the James Beard Award) and serves an incredible brisket. Louis Mueller's is the best BBQ I have ever put in my mouth.
After watching this video on the Texas Monthly Website, I will relay the secrets of their bbq.
+Rub is exclusively pepper and salt (w/ a 90/10 ratio of pepper to salt).
+Uses a smaller cut of Brisket (6-7 lbs).
+Never turns the brisket 90 or 180 degrees).
+Smokes it using only post oak.
The flavor is so simple yet very peppery (due to the rub being 90% pepper). If I could make a brisket like this I would have no problem going on the Atkins diet.
There is not much for me to say but "perfection". If you are in the Austin area, it is worth the 30 minute drive to Taylor, Tx to try Louie Mueller BBQ. Despite this praise and this awesome score I'm about lay down, I do have criticism. The ribs are tough and they don't serve sweet tea.
Louis Mueller BBQ will be receiving a (record) score of 6 out of 5 stars.
p.s. Here is a short video of Louie Mueller BBQ from Food-Network's "Diner, Drive-Ins and Dives"