R.I.P. Bobby Mueller

If you have read part one of my Central Texas BBQ experience you know I’m a big fan of Louie Mueller Barbecue. It’s with a sad heart, taste buds and belly that I bring the news that owner and Pit Master, Bobby Mueller passed this weekend. The mantle now passes to his son Wayne as it did to Bobby in 1974. I know that he will honor the the family name.


Queing Up in Central Texas Part 2

Holly Mackerel! What a Summer it has been for those at the House of Been. With grand dreams of launching this blog and starting a new catering company (Traveling Bistro) all has gone well. We might not have been able to blog quite as much as we would have liked but all in all we’re satisfied with these new beginnings. Thanks to all that have supported our new endeavors. Now on to the BBQ!

Kreuz Market, Smitty’s and Black’s Lockart, Tx

Part two of this report takes us to Lockhart, Texas. Considered by many a mecca for Texas Barbeque. I agree with that assessment. A relatively small Texas town supporting at least four (that I can think of) Barbeque establishments is quite a feet. Here is the low down on three of them. Mind you I don’t intend to rank these one over the other. In fact I think they all have something to offer. Kreuz Market, Smitty’s and Black’s, were all visited on this trip to Lockhart.

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On the Texas BBQ Trail

Louie Mueller BBQ

We went to Louie Mueller BBQ and boy was it good! Check out the first in a five part series on Central Texas Barbeque, “Queing Up in Central Texas“.

When talking about the barbeque of central Texas it means two things, tradition and beef. The origin of selling smoked meats out the back alley door of a meat market or butcher shop is evident in a couple of the places we will visit in the series. In the early days the meat market would smoke and sell some of the cheaper or less desirable cuts out the back of the shops to the field and farm workers with nothing more than a few saltine crackers or a couple slices of bread, no sides, no sauce. Later this became the the focus of the business, birthing a strong barbeque tradition. In other parts of the country you say “barbeque” and this means pork cooked slow and low. Oh, how I love these porcine delights but in the heart of Texas beef reigns as king and pork takes a back seat if appearing at all. In this series we will visit the establishments in the barbeque mecca of Lockhart, (Smitty’s, Kreutz’s and Blacks) City Market in Luling, Sam’s in Austin and Louie Mueller BBQ in Taylor.

Link to Article: Queing Up in Central Texas

Link: Louie Mueller BBQ