Before I give you the good news I would be remiss not to share the news that John Mueller, the grandson of famed pit-master Louie Mueller, and himself an award-winning barbeque craftsman, has joined the Hutchins family team. Customers at both Hutchins locations can look forward to trying Mueller-crafted items starting with his sausage specials, including a Peach Habanero sausage, Blueberry Maple sausage and a Hot Gut. Given the vastness of John’s talents and experience, fans can anticipate many more additions from him in the months to come. More on this below.
North Texas family-owned BBQ establishment, Hutchins BBQ, was forced to temporarily close its McKinney location after an electrical fire on New Year’s Eve caused extensive damage to the kitchen and roof. Owners Tim Hutchins and Trey Hutchins remained optimistic that they’d be back up and running within a few months, but the full assessment of the damage determined that over $1 million in repairs would be necessary to rebuild the structure and replace all damaged equipment. The brothers credit their loyal fans for motivating them to continue pushing for a reopening as soon as was possible. They’re now pleased to share that the McKinney location at 1301 North Tennessee Street will be back open for dine-in, takeout and drive-through service on Tuesday, August 31.
“The number one question we’ve been asked this year is, ‘When will the McKinney location reopen?’,” said Tim Hutchins, Hutchins BBQ pitmaster and co-owner. “We give thanks every day that our customers stuck with us during the wait, some making the trek to our Frisco location to keep supporting this passion of ours. When McKinney reopens, they’ll be pleasantly surprised to find the exact same restaurant they loved before, but with an even better team. During the closure our McKinney staff worked hand in hand with our Frisco staff, and their unification has upped both teams’ games tremendously.”
Other developments were also underway behind the scenes during the McKinney closure. John Mueller, the grandson of famed pitmaster Louie Mueller, and himself an award-winning barbeque craftsman, reached out to the Hutchins family to propose joining forces. “Growing up in a BBQ family, I knew about Hutchins and respected their reputation in the industry,” said John Mueller. “I’ve owned BBQ businesses for 30 years. I’m ready to not own anymore but keep doing what I love.”
Sometimes referred to as the Dark Prince of Texas BBQ, Mueller looks forward to showing the industry that he’s not the bad boy he’s made out to be. His extensive career in the BBQ business has included cooking at Louie Mueller Barbecue, John Mueller’s B-B-Q, JMueller BBQ, John Mueller Meat Co., Black Box Barbecue and Granger City Brewing.
“John is considered one of the best pitmasters in the country, even though he claims he’s just a cook,” said Trey Hutchins, Hutchins BBQ pitmaster and co-owner. “So when John reached out about working together, it was no-brainer for us. It’s really cool working with someone who shares the same love and passion for building fires and smoking meat. I know we can learn from each other, have fun along the way, and become better as a result.”
Customers at both the McKinney and Frisco locations can look forward to trying Mueller-crafted items starting with his sausage specials, including a Peach Habanero sausage, Blueberry Maple sausage and a Hot Gut. Given the vastness of John’s talents and experience, Hutchins BBQ fans can anticipate many more additions from him in the months to come.