LeAnn Mueller, granddaughter of barbecue legend Louie Mueller and a professional photographer, runs Austin’s second most famous barbecue restaurant, La Barbecue. LeAnn Mueller and partner Ali Clem debuted their trailer in 2012 on 6th Street and relocated to Cesar Chavez Street, sharing a dirt lot with a northern Thai street food stand, a gelateria, and a juice stall. They utilize local post oak and three smokers, two for brisket, one for other meats. Francisco Saucedo handles the early shift, and pitmaster Dylan Taylor handles the day shift. La Barbecue was my favorite barbecue stop during a family trip to Austin. We endured a two-hour wait and torrential rain to score a tray of smoked meats, which was worth the trouble.
I enjoyed La Barbecue’s brisket, sausage, and beef rib, but no meat outperformed the Pork Ribs ($17.98/lb). We scored a full rack of pork ribs, which are rubbed with salt, black pepper, garlic and secrets and smoked for four hours. The lacquered meat pulls easily from the bone. Peppery flavor and greasy fingers accumulate with each bite, to great effect.
La Barbecue is giving up the great outdoors for a restaurant with a full liquor license on South Congress. Pairing ‘cue with booze and creature comforts like air conditioning could only help.
Dose of Vitamin P spotlights my favorite pork dish from the previous week.