Huge News Breaking Out Of The World Of Austin, Texas Barbecue

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2012/09/22 12:21:02 (permalink)

Huge News Breaking Out Of The World Of Austin, Texas Barbecue

Stunner.
 
Ran by John Mueller Barbecue this morning to grab a link of hot guts for breakfast and damn near went apoplectic. John Lewis, former pit boss at Franklin Barbecue and national competition bbq cook has joined forces with the fiery Taylor, Texas native.
 
Unbelievable.
 
There is no historical comparison to draw on that even comes close to this earth shaker. Imagine if Wilt Chamberlain, at the peak of his powers, had migrated from the 76ers to join forces with Bill Russell's Celtics. It's the only analogy I can draw.
Here's where it gets interesting.
 
Will notorious control freak Mueller be willing to allow the young pit boss to actually lend a hand in the smoking of the meat? It's doubtful. While Lewis' prowess is undisputed, Franklin {where he manned the pits} is regularly mentioned in the national conversation as to being the finest smokehouse in USA-I don't see the hot headed Mueller being willing to accede control of the firebox to Lewis.
 
Yet.
 
For now, John Lewis will probably have to content himself with being on the block; slicing and weighing meat and apprenticing at the hottest smokehouse in Texas. He's still got competitions pending this Fall too, so his presence will probably be sporadic.
What can Lewis learn from Mueller?
 
Plenty.
 
With nearly 4 decades in the game, Mueller, if he can control his temper, could be an excellent mentor to Lewis. JMueller BBQ is still the only joint in town that's hand-stuffing its hot guts sausage. While the tradition continues apace in nearby Taylor and Lockhart, Austin pit bosses are still bringing in pre-fab sausages from local vendors.
 
That alone would give a major boost in bona-fides to Lewis when he opens his own place.
 
And can you imagine if he did so in Austin?
 
pic of old titan and young titan:  http://chowpapi.com/wordp...ueller-and-john-lewis/
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    scrumptiouschef
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    Re:Huge News Breaking Out Of The World Of Austin, Texas Barbecue 2012/09/26 14:24:31 (permalink)
    a few more details have emerged in this huge Austin barbecue saga. Apparently, John Lewis, the former pit boss at Franklin, is apprenticing at Mueller's {grandson of Texas bbq icon Louie} before he pulls up stumps to move to California.
     
    Mueller claims he's looking forward to both teaching AND learning from Lewis. That shows the sign of an intelligent man. Mueller is widely regarded as being the top bbq man in Central Texas so it's heartening that he feels like his learning curve is still arcing upwards.
     
    Once it flatlines you're done.
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    Re:Huge News Breaking Out Of The World Of Austin, Texas Barbecue 2012/09/26 14:46:16 (permalink)
    I fear that may be happening in Lockhart. Passed through there las week coming back from Port A and we stopped at Smitty's. This is an annual trip for us but sadly, this time the quality of the brisket and the sausage was just not there IMO.
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    Re:Huge News Breaking Out Of The World Of Austin, Texas Barbecue 2012/09/26 15:37:27 (permalink)
    Sad to hear that, BB. Smitty's has always been one of my faves in Lockhart.
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    Re:Huge News Breaking Out Of The World Of Austin, Texas Barbecue 2012/09/26 21:20:46 (permalink)
    I have had only Smittys.. thanks to Al and Janet. Excellent sausage.
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    Re:Huge News Breaking Out Of The World Of Austin, Texas Barbecue 2012/09/28 18:09:59 (permalink)
    scrumptiouschef

    a few more details have emerged in this huge Austin barbecue saga. Apparently, John Lewis, the former pit boss at Franklin, is apprenticing at Mueller's {grandson of Texas bbq icon Louie} before he pulls up stumps to move to California.

    Mueller claims he's looking forward to both teaching AND learning from Lewis. That shows the sign of an intelligent man. Mueller is widely regarded as being the top bbq man in Central Texas so it's heartening that he feels like his learning curve is still arcing upwards.

    Once it flatlines you're done.

     
    Oooh--where in California???
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    Re:Huge News Breaking Out Of The World Of Austin, Texas Barbecue 2012/09/29 12:56:08 (permalink)
    Rumor has it that Lewis will be migrating to the Napa Valley.
     
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    scrumptiouschef

    a few more details have emerged in this huge Austin barbecue saga. Apparently, John Lewis, the former pit boss at Franklin, is apprenticing at Mueller's {grandson of Texas bbq icon Louie} before he pulls up stumps to move to California.

    Mueller claims he's looking forward to both teaching AND learning from Lewis. That shows the sign of an intelligent man. Mueller is widely regarded as being the top bbq man in Central Texas so it's heartening that he feels like his learning curve is still arcing upwards.

    Once it flatlines you're done.


    Oooh--where in California???


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    Re:Huge News Breaking Out Of The World Of Austin, Texas Barbecue 2012/09/30 17:01:20 (permalink)
    We just have to get to Austin!
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    Re:Huge News Breaking Out Of The World Of Austin, Texas Barbecue 2012/10/31 14:58:11 (permalink)
    And the drama continues.... J Mueller is out at JMueller.  Apparently Lewis will be taking over.
     
    http://austin.eater.com/a...to-mismanage-again.php
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    Re:Huge News Breaking Out Of The World Of Austin, Texas Barbecue 2012/10/31 15:51:39 (permalink)
    That is a bummer, but with John Lewis taking over lets hope the good food continues.
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