Monday, August 23, 2010

Texas BBQ Round Table

I'd planned to take a trip down to Taylor, Texas for the Taylor International Barbeque Cook Off, which was held over the past weekend, and I started hearing about more and more folks who might also be making the trip. We decided that Louie Mueller Barbecue in Taylor would be the place to host the first Texas BBQ Bloggers Round Table. Arriving at 10:30 helped to skirt most of the line that quickly formed by 11:00. Wayne Mueller efficiently runs the register, and was happy to see some friendly faces. I was happy to see that meat rubbed in loads of cracked black pepper.

Wayne running the register

The EatsBBQ group

We sat down and took stock of the bounty of food and friends before us. Some friends old and some new.

Brisket, beef and pork ribs, smoked ribeye and chipotle sausage.

Of course the BBQ was top notch, but the company was even better. To cap things off, Scott brought some of his special recipe ice cream made with Dr. Pepper BBQ sauce. Everyone agreed it was 'interesting', but we were all happy to try it. Some even offered some tasting notes and ways to improve it. I'm sure Steve is working on the refined recipe as I write.

Fulmer offering ice cream opinions

Budding BBQ addict

Don O. and his buddy in 'cue, Scott

Scott savoring some savory ice cream

All agreed that this must be just the first of many round tables. I can't wait for the next one. Here was the impressive line-up for this first attempt:

- Chris Wilkins and Gary Jacobson with Texas BBQ Posse. They spent the weekend in town and this was their second trip to Louie Mueller's in two days.
- Chris Reid, Michael Fulmer and Brad Barber traveled from Houston, and stopped at Snow's on the way up to Taylor. They seem to be on a BBQ trip every weekend.
- The Eats BBQ group led by Ray Pierce made the short trip from Austin.
- Don O. and his buddy Scott made Louie Mueller's one of their six stops on the day.

- BBQ Snob


Don O. said...

We had a blast. Looking forward to the next one!

Ray Pierce said...

Great time. Hope to meet up with you guys again soon.

BTW, Andy Ford, and Colette Kelley were with me there.


gfinelogo said...

I may be the only person in Texas that does not care at all for BBQ with so much pepper in the rub. I made a special trip to Taylor just to eat at Muellers and after two bites left.


Each joint is judged on the essence of Texas 'cue...sliced brisket and pork ribs. Sausage is only considered if house made. Sauce is good, but good meat needs no adornment to satisfy. Each review can only be based on specific cuts of meat on that particular day. Finally, if the place fries up catfish or serves a caesar salad, then chances are they aren't paying enough attention to the pits, so we mostly steered clear.