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Sky Full of Bacon 03: The Last Brisket Show

Go deep into the smoke-stained barbecue country of central Texas as I talk to two legendary pitmasters in a town that almost has more great BBQ joints than people— Taylor, Texas.


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Taylor, Texas is a small town still just far enough from Austin to feel like the middle of nowhere, rather than a suburb of somewhere. But when it comes to barbecue, Taylor is a big somewhere in its own right— home to three of Texas’ most famous barbecue temples as well as an annual BBQ festival. I visit two of these barbecue meccas and find them incredibly evocative of Texas’ past. A former basketball court turned meat emporium, Louie Mueller’s is the most smoke-stained place I’ve ever seen in my life. While Taylor Cafe, once a rowdy and potentially dangerous cowboy bar, is calmer today, but full of memories as related by 84-year-old owner Vencil Mares. It runs 13 minutes.

Louie Mueller Barbeque
206 W. Second
Taylor, TX
512-352-6206
website

Taylor Cafe
101 N. Main
Taylor, TX
512-352-2828

My LTHForum post on visiting Taylor (and other BBQ meccas)
Hill Country BBQ tour by Bill Daley in the Chicago Tribune

Vencil Mares’ recipe for slow-cooked beans
The best guidebook to Texas barbecue joints is this cookbook by Robb Walsh, which is actually more history than cookbook; here’s a new book that will be out in a few days and looks promising.

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6 Responses to “Sky Full of Bacon 03: The Last Brisket Show”

  1. Michael Morowitz Says:

    Great stuff, yet again, Mike. Really well edited. The payoff at the end where you finally see the food was great.

  2. PIGMON Says:

    Thanks for emotionally putting me right back in some of my favorite culinary establishments anywhere. The vibe of these culinary treasures in Taylor is priceless.

    If I recall correctly, I sprayed and slightly injured my lady sitting across the table with Mueller’s glorious sausage juice right in the ol’ eyeball. I didn’t have to take her to the hospital that time, thank goodness. I really need to be more careful when I eat at such incredible places.

    Beautiful pace of shooting; really captures the feeling of both these great BBQ museums.

  3. MikeLM Says:

    Very well done. We hit all three of the famous BBQ’s in Lockhart, TX a few years ago; wish we’d known of Taylor!

    Look for you at the Tailgate Party.

    Mike Meier

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  5. Jonathan Koertge Says:

    Chiming in late but fantastic work, Mike Gorgeous shots, great music and full-sentence interviews! Truly a pleasure to watch.

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