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Feb 5, 2013 08:07 AM

John Mueller BBQ in Houston This Weekend

Charity event for Homeless Vets. Mueller Beef Ribs. You shouldn't miss this.

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Eat For A Cause: Q For A Cause - BBQ by John Mueller February 9, 2013 in Houston

Want to invite the Shaggy Community to a Charity BBQ Event featuring John Mueller.

When: February 9, from 12:00 to 4:00 PM (Weekend after the Super Bowl


Where: Cottonwood - 3422 N. Shepherd Dr., Houston, Texas 77018

Benefiting Housing Houston's Heroes, a charity for homeless veterans.

Musical entertainment by The Palisades.

John Mueller has graciously volunteered to bring his pitmaster abilities down to Houston for a weekend. At his suggestion, we will be donating all proceeds from the event to Housing Houston's Heroes, a local agency that assists homeless veterans in finding permanent housing.

John is planning on smoking brisket, beef ribs and sausage, and will have potato salad, beans, and baked squash for the sides.

Please check out the Facebook page for the event at:

The event website will be located at:

Please help us spread the word to anyone you know in Houston who is interested, and we hope to see everyone there.


What food will be served?
Of course there will be brisket, but John Mueller’s famous beef ribs
will also be cooked. Smoked sausage will also be plentiful.

I don’t like BBQ. Will there be any food for me?
Say what? You don’t like BBQ? You must not be from Texas, but
the good news is you can also enjoy tasty side dishes. The
Cottonwood kitchen will also be open at 4:00pm. They have
excellent food!

I’m gonna be thirsty while eating all of this delicious food. Will there
be anything for me to drink? Cottonwood Houston serves very
affordable craft beer, unique cocktails, and liquor. Of course, our
drink of choice is $2.00 Lonestar.

What else is there to do beside eat awesome BBQ?
Don’t worry there will be a live band. The Palisades will be playing
for your entertainment!

Can I bring the kiddos?
Of course! Our studies have shown that kids who begin eating BBQ
at the age of 3 months are smarter and healthier than the average
3 month old.

Houston winter weather is unpredictable. What if it rains?
There is plenty of covered seating. Heat will also be on if it’s cold
outside; but then again dancing with The Palisades should keep
you plenty warm.

Where do I park?
There is ample parking, but we recommend carpooling due to the
number of people attending the event.

How else can I contribute?
T-shirts and koozies will also be on sale supporting Houston's Heroes.

Cottonwood is just north of 610 and Shepherd. If you are heading north on Shepherd from 610, take a right on 34th and then an immediate left. Look for the Alamo looking building.

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  1. I'm glad he seems to be doing okay. I read where he no longer cooks in Austin.

    1. This is going on for only 4 hours? Sounds like it could be a madhouse. I am a Texas ex but I presume you don't have to be one to get in, right?

      I'm going to do a little fantasizing and wishful thinking - I'm going to imagine that somebody makes Mr. Mueller an offer he can't refuse and he opens his own place here.

      4 Replies
        1. re: brucesw

          It's not a Longhorns thing at all. It's just that ShaggyBevo sort of adopted John a couple of years ago and I'll admit to personally being a fan.

          His beef rib is just otherwordly.

          And it's for a good cause. I'm going to go. I waited three hours in line for Franklin's.

          I'll wait in line for John's ribs also.

          As Melanie noted, he's soon to open a new store in East Austin which is supposed to include some cured meats, sausages, etc.

          He puts up a gruff front, but John is a helluva guy. This charity event is just the latest example.

          1. re: DoobieWah

            I'm going to try to make it; depends on how long the line is. I've never had any of his que, just heard so much good stuff. I just missed his first place in Austin years ago, getting to town to try it out just days after it closed.

            1. re: brucesw

              My only question is what type of pit will be used? Please, no gas.

        2. Didn't get to go myself. How did this turn out today? Anyone know?

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          1. re: gulfcoastpirate


            Yeah, OtherBrotherDarrell and I went.

            We arrived about ten minutes to noon, (the official start time).

            We got a parking space right about the tail end of the line which stretched about a sixty or so people in front of us.

            Quick aside: The event was held at the Cottonwood. In the olden days, we would have called it an ice house, but with all of the draft potables now available, I think it's called a "craft beer bar" now.

            Whilst waiting in line, (and before they even started selling the Q), OBD suggested I wander inside for a Standin'-In-Line Libation. I was a bit ovewhelmed looking at all of the options, so I asked the bartendress what she would recommend. She said "Well, I like IPAs...", and I chimed in that I like IPAs too, so just gimme whatever she would recommend. She comes back with two small snifters of amber liquid and apparently seeing my look of incredulity, she assured me that they may look small, but these were Dogfish 120 IPAs, so they're "very strong".

            Handing one to OBD back in the line, I saw that same look on his face and repeated her admonition. Tasting it, we agree it was a little too sweet, and our best course of action would be to chug these and get something else.

            Halfway through the beer, my head was spinning and by that time, they were selling the Q, so we just finished them up and got ready to eat the best barbecue available in Houston at that particular point in time. We sat down to eat about 12:20, so the line moved efficiently.

            I had been to John's old trailer on S 1st in Austin a couple of times, so I knew to order the beef ribs. I got two huge beefy ribs, a pound of brisket, (moist, of course), and a "link" of sausage. The "link" of sausage turned out to be about three inches of a link but that's the way they were serving; (I guess to make sure there was enough to go around). I hadn't had the sausage since a year ago New Year's, and really didn't love it then, but this was excellent. My complaint then had been that it was too finely ground, but this was much coarser so I think he changed mixture a little bit.

            Anyway, the Q was awesome and again, thanks to John and all of the volunteers who made this happen.

            Had the leftovers for dinner and here it is 3:30 a.m. I am just snapping out of my meat induced coma.

            Sorry you missed it.

            By the by, after leaving Cottonwood, we drove a few block east and popped into the Petrol Station for a couple of more "craft beers".

            Even though I wasn't the least bit hungry, I saw several plates of food go by that I would have loved a bite of. It's a little out of my usual reach, but I would recommend it based on the looks and aromas alone.

              1. re: DoobieWah

                Regarding the Petrol Station, it is a few block WEST of Cottonwood, not east as reported above.

                I am embarrassed to admit how often I do that.

              2. re: gulfcoastpirate

                No other reports?

                I intended to get there early but didn't get away from home until 1 pm on Sat; thanks to a big tie-up on the Loop I didn't get to Cottonwood until almost 2. I have no idea how long the line was at that time - I couldn't find a parking place for blocks and gave up.

                I saw the report on 26 that evening, though, and I must say that brisket looked mighty fine. I will certainly have Mueller's new place in Austin on the list my next trip up there.

                1. re: brucesw

                  It was better than it looked.

                  No, I'm serious.

                  The brisket is as good as Franklin's and Snow's. (Forgive me grandmother.)

                  The beef rib is just otherwordly. The Peppery Bark, (in capital letters no less), on those ribs is just magical.

                  It cures cancer and brings world peace.

                  Sorry you missed it.

                  1. re: brucesw

                    Quick report: showed up around 12:50, sold out. Hugely disappointing, as the BBQ looked and smelled unreal. John had a couple of smokers going and was busy tending to customers and the meat. I should have known better than to show up when I did! Places was packed, inside and out.

                    1. re: psychotron

                      I don't mean to be argumentative, and I was already long gone, but according to numerous reports I've seen and heard, the mayor showed up around 1pm and worked the serving line for an hour or so, so I don't see how they could have been sold out by 12:50.

                      This link says they sold out around 2:


                      It's only important because I want brucesw to know that he...

                      ..."missed it by THAT much..."


                      1. re: DoobieWah

                        Thanks for that. I was sure they were going to run out at some time, I was too hungry to take a chance on standing in line for an hour and having nothing at all to eat. Evidently I would have been wasting my time to even try.

                        Yes the brisket looked magnificent. I've never been a big fan of beef ribs but I will have to try them some day.

                        1. re: DoobieWah

                          No offense taken. I was just relaying my experience. John Mueller came out to tell the end of the line, which I was in, that he was sold out. He had a guy a few people in front of me hold a sign that said so. He was probably eyeballing how much he had left.

                          1. re: psychotron

                            Ah, that makes sense.

                            It's an everyday occurrence at Franklin's.

                      2. re: brucesw

                        I lived in Austin for many years and nobody has to explain to me why somebody would much rather live there than in Houston.


                        John, or anyone else that can turn out consistently fabulous Central-Texas-style barbecue should absolutely consider opening a 'cue joint in Houston.

                        It wouldn't take long before they'd be rich enough to own a dream spread of land up on one of Austin's lakes, which they could visit often, and to which they could retire before too long.

                        Lawdy, I wish John would consider it.

                    2. I was there ... it was crazy-good.. The Mayor was serving the goods (along with many others) and the ribs were gone within the first 70 minutes.