After stopping at 31 barbecue restaurants in the Lone Star state, it’s clear that the best BBQ in Texas is all about the beef. Tasty sausages and beef ribs are plentiful, but brisket is the go-to when you’re craving serious Texas BBQ. For truly authentic regional flavor, start with high quality beef seasoned simply with black pepper and salt so the flavor of the smoked meat stands out. Check out all the great 'Cue Tips, great BBQ joints and of course Texas spices, seasonings, and recipes!

'Cue Tip #9: Keep It Simple

"Central Texas barbecue is the way I make a living. It’s the only thing I know how to do. I think you put some fire on there and you watch your meat. That’s pretty much it."

John Mueller – Legendary Pitmaster and Owner of John Mueller Meat Co., Austin, TX

John Mueller: Austin, TX

In Texas, the Mueller family name means barbecue. We visited Louie Mueller Barbecue yesterday, La Barbecue "Cuisine Texicana" Thursday, and John Mueller Meat Co. today. All of those spots have a true Mueller name connected to them. The Muellers have also been mentors to or outright trained some of the most successful pitmasters in Austin. A family tree of this would be a pretty cool image. John has a reputation (he's been called "irascible" among other things) and and ...
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Offset A smoker with two sealed boxes or tubes connected on one side. One for a charcoal or wood fire; the other is the oven, which is offset by being a little higher.