Texas Focus: For the Love of Meat


March 17, 2016 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Learn what it takes to make legendary Texas BBQ with the mouthwatering documentary For the Love of Meat. Top regional pitmasters discuss the philosophy, history, and process behind their craft - from the wood, to the pits, to the meat, to the technique and skill.

Enjoy a welcoming reception with cash bar at 6:00 p.m. and a Q&A following the screening with the film's creators, Jeff Jones, Matthew Johnson, Matthew Wallis, and Brandon Gonzales, and pitmaster Wayne Mueller of Louie Mueller BBQ in Taylor.

Event Details

Join the Bullock Museum for a screening and conversation about the Texas BBQ documentary For the Love of Meat as part of the Bullock's Texas Focus film series.

  • Included with your ticket is a 6:00 p.m. welcoming reception with a cash bar.
  • Film screening from 7:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.
  • Q&A following the screening.
  • In attendance: Jeff Jones, Matthew Johnson, Brandon Gonzales, Matthew Wallis, and Wayne Mueller.
Film Details

Rating: NR
Suggested age: All ages
Runtime: 54 minutes
Created by: Jeff Jones, Matthew Johnson, Brandon Gonzales, Matthew Wallis
Featuring: Aaron Franklin, Wayne Mueller, and Tootsie Tomanetz
Appearances by: Joe Capello, Todd Ashmore, John Fullilove, Jake Silverstein, Kim and Mark Cooper, Kenneth Laird, James Davis, Greg Meyer, Gerald Birkelbach, Roy Perez, Kerry Bexley
Genre: Documentary

About the Film

It takes more than wood, meat, and fire to make great Texas BBQ. It takes passion, patience, dedication, and a deep understanding of tradition. For the Love of Meat visits with some of the top BBQ pitmasters in central Texas to learn what it’s like to make such iconic food, and what it takes to do it. Aaron Franklin of the now famous Franklin BBQ in Austin, Tootsie Tomanetz of Snow's BBQ in Lexington, and Wayne Mueller of Louie Mueller BBQ in Taylor are featured in the documentary, along with appearances from the folks at City Market, Larid’s, Cooper’s, Opie’s, and many more.  

Co-creator Jeff Jones said the production was for “those people who line up outside Franklin’s every day or the people who drive out to Taylor to Mueller’s; [those] are the people who will really love this film.” 

“People think this is an easy, fun thing because you just cook your meat and sell out by noon and go home,” Jones explains. “We ask Kenneth Laird of Laird’s Barbecue in Llano about the future of his place and if he’s going to pass it down to his kids. He just flat out says he wants his kids get an education and go make money. It’s way too hard to do barbecue.” 

About the Co-creators

For the Love of Meat was created by Jeff Jones, Matthew Johnson, Brandon Gonzales, and Matthew Wallis and is their first documentary produced as a team. The film was edited by Jeff Jones, with music by Joel Hamilton.

Jeff Jones is a media producer working in non-profit communications. Now based in Brooklyn, New York, he jumps at the chance to return to Texas to get some BBQ.

Matthew Johnson is a native Texan who grew up on strict diet of Hill Country brisket and Big Red soda until he was old enough to legally order a Lone Star. To pay for it all, he is the master stone carver at Bartlett Stone Carving in Austin, Texas.

Brandon Gonzales moved to Austin, TX in early 2001. Growing up in Tucson, Arizona, Brandon was exposed to the Sonoran Desert’s BBQ traditions which include rattlesnake, javelina, and quail. Professionally, he is a studio and touring bassist.  Other “hats” known to be worn are as a carpenter and location audio for film/video.

Matthew L. Wallis is an independent producer, director, and editor living in central Texas. His work has been seen on PBS, CNN, A&E, National Geographic, and Vice.

About the Texas Spirit Theater and Tickets

The Texas Spirit Theater located on the Bullock Museum's second floor is one of the most beautiful film experiences in Austin and features multi-sensory special effects such as lightning, rain, and other surprises.

Museum Members enjoy free unlimited IMAX® documentary films, discounts on feature film tickets, free exhibition admission, discounts in the Museum Store, and more. Learn More.

Learn about ticket prices, refund policies, and parking (free after 5 pm). For evening programs, please enter through the Bullock Museum IMAX Theatre.