3 Texas women honored on list of most important women in barbecue

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LeAnn Mueller and Alison Clem at Texas Monthly BBQ Fest

It’s not always clear where the state of Texas stands with internet list maker Thrillist.

LeAnn Mueller and Alison Clem at Texas Monthly BBQ Fest. Photo by Michael Barnes

LeAnn Mueller and Alison Clem at Texas Monthly BBQ Fest. Photo by Michael Barnes

At times their lists sing our praise, but in others, the website ranks the Lone Star state below Michigan.

But when it comes to the most important women in barbecue, Thrillist couldn’t seem to avoid giving three of the 12 coveted spots to Texas women.

The list was designed to “celebrate the more feminine side of the pits” and includes women who have all had an impact on the barbecue industry either through cooking or writing.

To few people’s surprise, Tootsie Tomanetz, formerly of City Market and now pitmaster at Snow’s BBQ in Lexington, made the list. At 80 years old and with decades in the business under her pitmaster apron, Tomanetz is a fixture in Texas barbecue legend.

Nodding towards her not so humble beginnings (if we’re talking about the barbecue business), Thrillist also included LeAnn Mueller of the famed Mueller family. Mueller is currently CEO of Austin favorite La Barbecue.

Finally, in a move that may or may not have outed Thrillist as a La Barbecue fan before a Franklin Barbecue fan, Thrillist also put Alison Clem, Mueller’s general manager at La Barbecue, in their roundup of the most important women in barbecue.

While Texas women claimed more than the women of any other state, we know there is quite a few worthy women from Texas that Thrillist missed. Tell us who you think should have been included in the comments.


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