A former John Mueller protege has taken over the space at East Sixth and Pedernales streets formerly run by the Taylor native, as first reported by Daniel Vaughn at TMBBQ.com. Mikey Perez, who worked for Mueller for a couple of years, has opened M-Train BBQ, and is open Thursday-Monday from 10:30 a.m. until sold out.
Perez tells me he smokes “hot and fast,” using a simple salt-and-pepper rub. His current menu includes pork ribs, pork shoulder, brisket, chicken, potato salad, chips, water and soda. The 29 year-old Chicago native grew up in the Austin area and graduated from Leander High School. His trailer is located on the back lot of Kellee’s Place, a bar opened by his grandfather and namesake, Madaleno Perez about 25 years ago, and operated by his uncle, Joe Perez, for the last 15 years or so.
The state closed John Mueller Meat Co. in August for failure to pay taxes.
“Mike worked very hard for JMMC, and I have no doubt he will be successful,” Mueller told me via text. He added that he had no comment on his own future.