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Bobby Mueller of Louis Mueller's Barbecue in Taylor has died

Carter B. Sep 8, 2008 07:01 AM


They said he worked 90 hour weeks and I believe it. Often Louis Mueller's has been my favorite place in Central Texas and I've been going there since I was kid (though I didn't live, here my grandparents did) and I can only recall once or twice when Bobby himself did not chop my meat.

The restaurant is open today according to the article.

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    Rene Sep 8, 2008 09:00 PM

    Known as one of the top five for BBQ in Central Texas… Let’s face it… that means in the entire world!!!

    I had clients in town from the west coast who became my friends. Louis Mueller's Barbecue was the destination that they chose for their barbeque excursion. Since I had not made the trek, they bought some for me. It was so smoky and moist and flavorful! I’ll never forget the kindness of my new friends and am honored that I had the opportunity to know Mr. Mueller’s barbeque greatness.

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      sambamaster Sep 8, 2008 05:05 PM

      This is terrible news. Bobby was one smooth, cool dude. I used to live in Taylor and was in there quite often, especially when I was attempting the Atkins diet...they even had an Atkins menu!!!! I lost 40 pounds, but my cholesterol was over 300!!!
      And we once swapped Carnaval t-shirts for BBQ...how cool is that?
      I can't wait to get back to eat that great food and visit a bit...hope Lance will still be back there as well....

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        texasbbq Sep 8, 2008 04:10 PM

        On behalf of our family, thank you to everyone for your kind sentiments regarding my father, Bobby Mueller...he was immensely dedicated to providing you, our guests, the best products he could each and every day for over 34 years...he would have been thrilled and humbled to read the comments and thoughts presented by all of you wonderful people...God bless you...

        ...just to clear up the situation, the restaurant will remain in the family under the guardianship of Bobby's wife Trish and his oldest son Wayne (me)...my father's dedication to our guests will continue as before so don't expect any overhauls or major changes to occur...the focus is consistency - if it weren't, I have no doubt my father would reach across the inter-dimensional plane and smack me a good one! I hope that those communicating these kind words will have the opportunity to stop in sometime soon to say hi so that I may thank you in person...here's to Texas barbecue, family, good friends and my father - bon appetite! ........................................I love you, dad...

        All my best,
        Wayne Mueller
        Louie Mueller Barbecue
        3rd Generation and beyond

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          scrumptiouschef Sep 8, 2008 04:41 PM

          Mueller's has always been in my top 5 for barbecue in the USA but I'm thinking about moving it into the top 3 based on Wayne Mueller's use of the phrase "inter-dimensional plane".

          Wayne,if you got your ears on who is going to be on the pit in your daddy's stead?

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            BTAustin Sep 8, 2008 04:52 PM

            Wow I love that I hope it doesn't get deleted. Excellent bbq from really nice folks in an absolute museum , one of the most interesting places to eat anywhere. Sorry for your loss Mueller's, here's to success for you.

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              Mike C. Miller Oct 13, 2008 08:11 PM

              My condolences. It was always a treat to visit and speak with your father. I've been eating there since Fred Fontaine was at the pit and hope to eat there for many years to come. I know it's a great loss to your family, and to the extended family of customers of the restaurant. But I hope that you are comforted by the fact that your father touched so many lives by the simple comfort of providing a great meal and a smile (or a well deserved gruff remark, as the case may be) to those who cross the threshold of the restaurant.

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              nytexan Sep 8, 2008 09:56 AM

              very sad but i read wayne one of the sons will take over the place

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                amysuehere Sep 8, 2008 10:04 AM

                It's good to know the family will continue the business. Really some of the best bbq anywhere. He will be sorely missed.

                I would say it's a good thing John doesn't take over considering his track record.

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                pankofish Sep 8, 2008 09:02 AM

                That is sad. He has always given me the little slice of burnt-end brisket while waiting in line. Maybe John Mueller will take over? That family can smoke some meat...

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