Thirtysomething dating a twenty something
Aaron Franklin’s past was scoured for clues, and among the most often cited was that he had previously worked for John Mueller, a descendant of the legendary Mueller barbecue clan of Taylor.John had operated a well-regarded joint on Austin’s East Side from 2001 to 2006 before flaming out, plagued by personal demons and money troubles. Perhaps, the barbecue cognoscenti mused, there was something in that pit.And the owner did not look like a traditional pitmaster.
For fans, the mystery was as delicious as the meat. How had he perfected the highly complex art of smoking in such a short amount of time?
Enthusiasts traveled to these Central Texas outposts as if to sites of pilgrimage, waiting for that moment in a smoke-filled pit room when the most tender brisket in the world would be sliced before their eyes.
In the decades since, there have been slight adjustments to the canon.
“The restaurant is closed, so the line is separate,” Kellis said.
“The line has its own mores, its own ethics.” There were some, Margrave added, who did not appreciate its connective powers.
John Mueller was the heir apparent to a legendary barbecue dynasty.