Rumors came floating on the Texas wind last weekend. Our buddy Duane who lives down in Yoakum, Texas made an auspicious claim.

He’d eaten a fresh plate of brisket from the pit of John Mueller.

We didn’t know what to make of it. A conflagration in the world of Texas barbecue erupted {}when Mueller was ousted at his eponymous barbecue trailer in South Austin. And now Shoeless Joe was back?

Rumors being what they were, we opted out of publishing an article til harder evidence presented itself.

Then, this morning, our Twitter feed came alive with pictures of a mysterious smoker filled with rows of briskets. Shoeless Joe was back.

And cooking at Shiner Restaurant and Bar in bucolic Shiner Texas.

A phone call to the business confirmed that the wiry pit boss has gone to ground in Shiner and is cooking brisket, pork ribs, pork shoulder and sausage from Maeker’s, a local meat market, processor and package store.

Brisket goes for 12.99 per pound.

Shiner is roughly an hour and fifteen minutes from Austin if you’re up for a Saturday Texas barbecue run.

We’ll update as more information becomes available.

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