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Chevrolet and BBQ, Hill Country Road Trip Dream Team

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Dual exhausted fans slowly turned over the double doors opening onto the dining room. The soot-colored walls were lined with awards, neon beer signs, and a Stevie Ray Vaughn portrait taken in that very dining room. Third generation owner and pit master, Wayne Mueller, greeted us as we approached the counter with a smile and a sample. As we sat down to feast at one of the many smoke-saturated picnic tables, Mueller expounded on his family legacy and the process of turning out swoon-inducing BBQ. After polishing off a tub of warm peach cobbler, we followed Mueller to back and watched as BBQ magic happened before our eyes.

Meat prep at Louie Mueller Barbecue

Photo: Jessica Pickett

Next, we headed south to the BBQ Capital of Texas, Lockhart. The best-in-class V8 downright purred as we merged onto TX-130 and picked up speed to 85 mph. The 41-mile stretch of highway between Mustang Ridge and Seguin boasts the highest posted speed limit in the country, perfect for letting the Duramax 6.6L V8 Turbo Diesel stretch out. With four renown BBQ restaurants to try, there’s no time to waste. One could easily spend an entire weekend in Lockhart strictly for the BBQ. Over one million people walk through the doors of Kreuz Market, Smitty’s Market, Black’s Barbecue, and Chisholm Trail BBQ annually, and one can’t afraid to get their hands dirty,  at Kreuz’s there are no plates, sauce, or forks. Just BBQ goodness piled high on butcher paper.


Photo: Jessica Pickett

A few laps around the town square and gorgeous three-story Caldwell County Courthouse was needed before climbing back behind the wheel. It was time to head back to Austin and rest up for the first annual Hot Luck Fest. The four-day festival embraces the very things that inspire culinary creativity – open fire, craft drinks, live music, and fellowship. The chef-driven celebration is pot-luck picnic meets music fest. Over 50 Chefs and Artisans from Austin, and around the country, dish out all-you-can-eat, a la carte treasures from their respective booths. Aaron Franklin from Franklin Barbecue, Fiore Tedesco, and David Bull are just a handful of the hometown chefs dishing out the goods. With seven events held in various locations around Austin, opportunity to eat and drive abounds! Good thing the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD Diesel comes with a rear-vision camera and Enhanced Driver Alert Package for those of us whose’s parallel parking game could use some help.

Hot Luck Fest
Photo: Jessica Pickett