Louie's BBQ trailer

A customer picks up his order at Louie’s, a BBQ trailer in south Austin. (Photo ©Chris Wilkins/Texas BBQ Posse)

Louie’s, a trailer joint on South Congress, wasn’t on the itinerary for the Posse’s recent tour of Austin-area barbecue places.

But then we met blogger Jason Salas at an early stop. He raved about Louie’s so we changed our plans.

Louie's BBQ trailer

Order of street corn at Louie’s. (Photo ©Chris Wilkins/Texas BBQ Posse)

We’re glad we did. Louie’s, run by Luis Vasquez and his wife, Amy, might just be the best kept barbecue secret in Austin.

The pork ribs were perfectly cooked with a nice rub that wasn’t overpowering but still had some oomph. The brisket was tender and flavorful. The jalapeño cheese sausage popped. And while the turkey was just o.k., a couple of sides — mac n cheese and street corn — were excellent.

“That could be the best rib of the weekend,” Posse co-founder Chris Wilkins said as we sat at a shaded picnic table near the serving trailer.

Normally on tours, we strictly pace our eating, especially early in the day. One rib. A bite or two of brisket. Some sausage. You gotta save room for later stops. But we broke the rule at Louie’s.

“Do you mind if I eat that?” I asked Wilkins, pointing at one remaining rib on the tray.

“No,” he said.

I quickly grabbed it and it was soon gone. We also ate our fill of brisket, sausage and the sides.

As we finished eating, Wilkins declared it the “best meal” he had on the trip.

“That brisket is just bathed in smoke,” he said. “Light smoke, not overwhelming. To me, if you can do that with brisket, you’ve nailed it.”

Louie's BBQ trailer

Pitmaster & owner Luis Vasquez. (Photo ©Chris Wilkins/Texas BBQ Posse)

He said the mac and cheese was old school, “like your mom would have made for you.”

During our visit, customers steadily came and ordered, but there was never a line. So we had some time to talk to Vasquez.

He said he had been an insurance adjustor — autos — for more than 16 years. He has been cooking for about seven years, he said, mainly for family and friends in the beginning. He started catering in 2015 and did pop-up events until he had enough money to buy his trailer. He opened his joint in 2017 and has been in the South Congress location about four months.

“I designed the trailer and I designed the menu,” Vasquez said. “Art is my first passion.”

Another passion is pro wrestling. Think Hulk Hogan and the Von Erichs. One special on Louie’s menu is called The Sleeper, after a famous wrestling hold. It’s a huge baked potato with a couple scoops of mac and cheese, customer choice of double meats, sour cream, barbecue sauce, green sauce and more cheese. The heaviest he has served weighed 3.65 pounds, Vasquez said.

We didn’t have room for The Sleeper on this visit. Maybe next time.

Louie’s BBQ, 4329 S Congress Ave, Austin, 512-649-2727. Open Tues-Sat 11am-7pm.  Website: http://www.louiesbbqtx.com

Louie's BBQ trailer

Louie’s BBQ trailer & smoker are located under a huge shade tree at 4329 S Congress Ave in south Austin. (Photo @Chris Wilkins/Texas BBQ Posse)

Louie's BBQ trailer

Pitmaster & owner Luis Vasquez pulls pork ribs from the smoker at Louie’s. (Photo ©Chris Wilkins/Texas BBQ Posse)

Louie's BBQ trailer

Our lunch at Louie’s, clockwise from top left: Mac & cheese, street corn, turkey, brisket, 2 kinds of sausage & pork ribs. (Photo ©Chris Wilkins/Texas BBQ Posse)

Louie's BBQ trailer

Wood pile at Louie’s barbecue trailer. (Photo @Chris Wilkins/Texas BBQ Posse)

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Gary Glass

1 week ago

I have had the pleasure of meeting Louie at the church my wife and I attend and it was thru the church that I was introduced to this Fine Texas Cuisine we call Louie’s Bar-B-Q. It’s hard to say which meat and side I want first because it’s all just so lipsmacking tastebud tantalying delicious it’s hard to pick one and leave the others behind for the next visit.

We have had all the rest but Louie’s is the best.

I recommend you go buy soon before they are sold out. Missing out is simply heartbreaking.

Fred Gonzales

1 week ago

That potato is APPROPRIATELY called the “The Sleeper”

Those Brisket tacos w/ pico, sour cream, green sauce and homemade bbq sauce must be called the “sharp shooter”. Easily the best brisket tacos I’ve eaten and that says a lot considering some stiff competition in south Austin.

Cathy Overton-Mays

1 week ago

Congratulations Louie & Amy

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