Thief steals over 20 briskets from Austin’s la Barbecue

la Barbecue had its fifth break-in this week.

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The thief was either supremely hungry for la Barbecue’s award-winning meats or did the math and figured that great brisket is — to Central Texans at least — essentially worth its weight in gold. Either way, an unnamed suspect hopped a fence, cut pit locks, and snagged more than 20 whole briskets, loading them into an SUV just after 4 am on Thursday morning, August 4.

The restaurant figures that the suspect stole thousands of dollars worth of brisket in the break-in. Whole briskets go for $180, according to the restaurant’s website. The: restaurant told KVUE that this is the fifth break-in it has had, and is asking anyone with information to contact the Austin Police Department.

The barbecue joint was founded in 2012 by LeAnn Mueller after a public falling out with her brother, legendary Central Texas pitmaster John Mueller. Utilizing various food trailers before splitting space with the Quickie Pickie convenience store for a bit, la Barbecue exploded in popularity, signaling a renaissance of sorts of barbecue within city limits.

After multiple locations on East Cesar Chavez Street in East Austin, la Barbecue settled into its current location at 2401 East Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702 in April 2021. The same year, Texas Monthly named la Barbecue as an honorable mention to its Top 50 Texas BBQ Joints list. It’s unclear if the thief follows barbecue news or figured that any hunk of beef would do.

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