Texas March 05, 2017
The Tiny Town In Texas That’s The Next Barbecue Capital Of The World
Barbecue is kind of our signature thing here across the whole state of Texas, but one town rises above all the rest. Lockhart, a quaint little hill country community, has arguably the highest concentration of good barbecue joints in the state and possibly the country. These four restaurants have been around for nearly a century or even longer, slow-smoke and season their meat to absolute perfection, and will leave you absolutely stuffed because you just won’t be able to stop eating.
1. Kreuz Market
Kreuz has been around since 1900, giving it plenty of time to perfect its craft - and it's certainly done so. The most popular cuts of meat are the shoulder clod (lean brisket), pork chops, both varieties of sausage, and pork ribs. No barbecue sauce is used during cooking or offered on the side, yet the food is still more exceptional than almost any other barbecue joint - a real testament to the skill and passion behind each bite you take. There are also no forks available, so be prepared to get a little messy. Regular customers suggest going after the lunch rush on weekends to avoid long lines.
2. Smitty's Market
Smitty's is another meat market in Lockhart, and an extremely underrated one compared to Kreuz. Ironically, this is Kreuz's former location and was founded by the owner's sister after a disagreement. Similar to Kreuz, you'll find shoulder clod, brisket, sausage, and ribs (both pork and prime.) However, the glaring difference is that Smitty's offers barbecue sauce for your dipping or sopping pleasure. Now, don't go thinking the meat is lower quality and they're relying on the sauce to mask that - it's just as scrumptious without condiments, but the staff realizes that everyone has differing preferences. Oh, and just a heads up - credit cards aren't accepted here, so make sure to pay a visit to the ATM beforehand.
Arguably the most famous barbecue joint in Lockhart and one of the top in Texas, Black's is the oldest restaurant in the state continually operated by the same family. It's cafeteria-style, so you go down a line picking out your meats, sides, and dessert. Don't be shy - chances are you'll be overwhelmed and want to try everything, and that's exactly what you should do. Dinosaur beef rib, brisket, two types of pork rib, three types of sausage (plain, garlic, and jalapeno cheddar), and turkey...the options are endless, delicious, and all deserving of a spot on your plate and in your belly.
4. Chisholm Trail BBQ
Located in the south part of town away from the previous three places, Chisholm Trail is probably the least well known joint in Lockhart - but one look at this picture has me wondering why. Brisket, pork ribs, and homemade sausage are what you see here, and they're all slow-smoked and seasoned to perfection. Just look at the sauce smothered on those ribs...mmm mmm. Finger-lickin' good, y'all. And there's even a drive-thru, so if you went on a barbecue tour of the town and are too full by this point to stand up, looks like you're in luck.
Have you been to any of these restaurants in Lockhart? Which one is your favorite?
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