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JMueller BBQ

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1502 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704-3043
11:00 - 21:00
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Sun 11:00 - 18:00
Wed 11:00 - 18:00
Thu - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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45 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 July 2013

This is the real deal BBQ. Not some 'celebrity chef' running the place, just a real Texan that knows BBQ. No silly 3 hour waits like the place east of I-35. If you want REAL Texas BBQ look no further than this place. Amazing brisket, ribs, etc. Melt in your mouth and cooked literally to perfection. Let the out of... More 

1 Thank texex91
Austin, Texas
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126 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 January 2013

JMueller is not easy: There are long lines of hungry people. They run out of food every day. They are not open any more than four (now, perhaps five) days per week. Parking is difficult. Taking-out food is almost a requirement, as there are only uncomfortable and crowded picnic tables JMueller is not inexpensive. But JMueller has the best-tasting barbeque... More 

3 Thank DSNAustin
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319 reviews
294 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 December 2012

Their brisket is heavenly -- can't imagine how it could be better! Friendly crew with lots of experience in central Texas barbecue.

2 Thank weyl-59
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 October 2012

Found this food cart out of hundreds in Austin, and glad I did. Great service for the masses that showed up. Get there early as they run out of food and seats fast. Luckily (at 12:30) they still had brisket, my reason for going. Great crust and fall apart meat; fantastic sides that you could make a meal by themselves.... More 

3 Thank Keysmonkey
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177 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2012

Of the three BBQ places I tried in Austin, this was undoubtedly the best. The meat was full of flavour, perfectly cooked, and just the right amount of smoke. However, one guy there was a bit weird (bordering on unfriendly), and this is why I didn't give this place 5 stars. I am from Australia, and wanted to take a... More 

4 Thank MustDoTravel
central tx
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97 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 September 2012

I drove 135 miles round trip to try the much hyped JMueller BBQ on S 1st in Austin Tx. The drive in 95+ degrees in an un air conditioned 1961 VW pickup was well worth the effort.I ordered a half pound of brisket and a order of potato salad . The brisket was excellent.The bark was just right.And the meat... More 

1 Thank Paul S
Savannah, Georgia
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127 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 August 2012 via mobile

Great juicy brisket sandwich. Moist tender meat with a delicious crispy crust. Served with pickles and onion on white bread. The sauce on the side was perfect not to thick and just adding to the all around taste although the meat was unbelievably good without it. The people working there couldn't have been nicer and only added to a great... More 

1 Thank soundsource
St. Martinville, Louisiana
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46 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 August 2012 via mobile

We will never wait in line at Franklins again. Why, when you can get more flavorful, moist brisket at JMueller? We had one of everything and the flavor brought tears to one gourmand in our party. Among stand out dishes, the brisket was a gold medal. Crusted black pepper outside, moist and tender enough to cut with a plastic fork.... More 

3 Thank Springers
Austin, Texas
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 August 2012

Had my first lunch at JMueller BBQ today. Overall, I would say that this is among the best BBQ you can get. You might find a better pork rib or depending on the day, you might find a better slice of brisket, but overall, you are not going to find a better 3 meat plate than JMueller. Also, I loved... More 

Thank Brent F
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 June 2012

My apologies to Mr. Franklin, Smitty's, CIty Market, Oklahoma Joe's, Arthur Bryant and all of Memphis but this is simply our favorite place. My wife and I have traveled to all of the Texas BBQ places and frenquent Kansas City and Memphis on a regular basis. We live two hours from Austin and suffice to say, this place is well... More 

2 Thank nfljj

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Good for
Open Hours
11:00 - 18:00
11:00 - 18:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1502 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704-3043
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Austin

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?