John Mueller Death, Legendary Texas BBQ Pitmaster dies at 52

John Mueller Death – Cause of Death: Legendary Texas barbecue (BBQ) pitmaster John Mueller has passed away. John Mueller died earlier this week at his home in Frisco. He was 52 years old at the time. The cause of his death has not been revealed.

Mueller was is said to have passed away on Thursday, December 16th and the news was confirmed through a Facebook post by Baker’s Brisket Co. They expressed their sadness over John’s death and sent their condolences to his family.

“So sorry to hear about John Mueller’s passing. To say he was a major influence in my BBQ passion is probably understating it. His food was one of my 1st regular must have’s whenever lunch rolled around. The BEST tray of BBQ I ever had was at his “John Mueller on S. 1st” location. I did chat with him on occasion, but never got close, or yelled at, as many folks are proud of. I just followed his travels as best I could. I am proud to say that our pit trailer on site is believed to be one of his early pits as he was building his reputation. Rest In Peace John.”

In Austin, Texas, John Mueller was a well-known and accomplished barbecue pitmaster. After taking over the famed Louie Mueller Barbecue in 1993, he became well-known. John began working at his grandfather’s restaurant, Louie Mueller Barbecue in Taylor, Texas, in the indoor pit. The restaurant first opened in 1949 and closed in 2006 owing to financial difficulties, but reopened in 2011.

“Sad to hear about passing of BBQ legend John Mueller. He played a part in one of the silliest spot crime stories I ever wrote while I was on breaking news desk at the Statesman.”

In 2012, John’s sister LeAnn filed a police report against him, accusing him of stealing money after the two of them set up a small trailer in South Austin named JMuller BBQ. The trailer was renamed la Barbecue when John was sacked from the company. John Mueller Meat Co., his restaurant in East Austin, launched in 2013. The state comptroller repossessed the restaurant for failing to pay taxes.

“LeAnn Mueller asked me to share the sad news that her brother and barbecue legend John Mueller has passed away. You will be missed John. The family will share more details later. #RIP @JSM_meat”

In 2017, he built another restaurant, Black Box, in downtown Georgetown, which was named one of Texas Monthly’s Top New Barbecue Joints.

No plans have been announced for John Mueller obituary and funeral yet.

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