Walking out of Ed's Place one afternoon up in Taylor Texas this summer we notice a man hard at work splitting wood out behind Louie Mueller Barbecue.

Having just eaten the best hamburger in central Texas we have no need for food but we're always up for some good conversation so we mosey over to have a chat and see what this cat is up to.

Mississippi native Tony White is the assistant pit boss at Louie Mueller Barbecue. We stand around for awhile as he works his way through a cord of Texas oak, utilizing a powered log splitter that hums along as a sort of narrative to our conversation.

We talked about everything under the sun but the conversation always circles back to barbecue. This guy's in deep. A short day is 12 hours of hard work with Sunday being the only day of rest.

After a spell White excuses himself to go back into the smokehouse for more duties. In the world of barbecue your job is never really done with dozens of attendant tasks that need to be addressed on an hourly basis.

It'll be interesting to see what this man does if and when he decides to branch out and get his own operation going.

2012 is shaping up to see an explosion in growth for Austin area barbecue houses. How many young guns like White are out there biding their time waiting for their shot at the spotlight?

Interesting times.

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