All-Beef Brisket at Louis Mueller Barbecue

Where: Taylor, Texas

The Story: If you want real pit barbecue in Texas (and that Salt Lick parking lot was just too full), Louie Mueller's a pit master with a half-century of cue-savvy. Their all-beef brisket rules all other selections -- probably because they cook it slowly in a 50-year-old horizontal brick and steel pit using post oak wood. Located in a former high school gymnasium, Louis Mueller Barbecue has so much character, it's even been featured in four movies -- making it a 'lone star' in its field.

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