|Anxiously waiting in line|
|Louie Mueller's was packed for a weekday|
|Close-up of the peppery rub on the bark of the brisket|
Ribs rival brisket as my favorite smoked meat. Since most places don't sell baby back ribs, I decided to give them a shot. The baby back ribs here were some of the best baby back ribs I have ever had. The meat easily pulled off the bone, they were smoked perfectly, and they were bursting with flavor. One thing that impressed me with these ribs was the fact that they were thick cut and had about twice the meat you would normally get on baby back ribs. I regretted that I had only ordered a half rack. Although I certainly did not have buyers remorse with the baby back ribs, I really wished I would have ordered one of their famous beef ribs as well.
|Clockwise from top left-baby back ribs, turkey, sauce, bread, brisket, original sausage, and pinto beans|
The only side I ordered were the beans. They were outstanding and had chunks of pork in it, but this side couldn't hold a candle to the barbecue. Sauce is an afterthought when you have great barbecue, but the sauce here is very different. Unlike most barbecue sauces which are thick, the sauce at this establishment is a very thin tomato based sauce with onions and pepper in it. More like a soup than a sauce, it was much better than I expected upon first looking at it.
When I was leaving Louie Mueller Barbecue, the crowd for lunch was lined up along the wall and out the door. I left Taylor, Texas feeling very content. Although I still had a three hour drive to get home, I was glad I made the trip. It is very easy to see why this place is so well liked by everyone, including the food critics. I had ordered about three pounds of meat so I could take some home for my wife to try. Sadly, she only got to sample one slice of brisket, one slice of turkey, and a sausage link.
Louie Mueller Barbecue
Livin the Good Life Rating=8