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Yet another Lockhart BBQ Report

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Yet another Lockhart BBQ Report

Chris Stein | Dec 9, 2003 06:28 PM

Well, after living in Austin for 10 years I finally made it down to Lockhart for some of that legendary Texas BBQ. I dragged my Dad and my Stepmom, both complete Yankee novices to BBQ.

First Stop: Kreuz's

We sampled the following:

Brisket: first of all this wasn't the standard flat of brisket, it was much taller cut (about 5 inches high). I can't remember the name of the cut but it was listed on menu board. It was just OK. The smoke ring wasn't too pronounced and it was not super fork tender.

Spare Ribs: Gigantic, very tender and the strangest part, they were incredibly moist. The rub was not very dry (what I mean is that it didn't get that crusty burn), but it was very flavorful and peppery. But it was the hugeness and the moistness that made the ribs a stand out.

Smoked Ham: Nothing to right home about, it was just a regular ham steak that had a slightly burned rim. the meat itself hadn't picked up much smoke flavor.

Second Stop: Black's

We sampled the following:

Brisket: just incredible! Only the lean part of the flat which is what I like. Very thick smoke ring, great tasting rub, and the meat was super fork tender. I loved it. They have BBQ Sauce, which Kreutz's doesn't have. I like the sauce just for a little dipping. I know purists will chastise me for that.

Chicken: Not super special, but very, very moist. Nice smoke flavor all the way through the meat even at the thigh close to the bone.

Sausage: A little course grind. I prefer a finer grind, Also didn't have quite the BITE that I like in my links. Very mild.

Third Stop: Smitty's

We sampled the following:

Brisket: They give you both the lean and fat of the flat. Not a very large smoke ring and suffering from the same lack of tenderness that Kreutz's did. Slightly better flavor than Kreutz's but still nothing compared to Black's.

Pork Chop: Super juicy! nice smoke ring. Good flavor. A pork chop can never achieve the high's a good brisket, pork is just a less flavorful meat, but this was a good job working with the meager beginnings that is a pork chop.

Things I would do next time:

Sample the Sausage at all three for a really good comparison. Try the ribs at Smitty's

in conclusion: Black's brisket was the standout and the Ribs at Kreutz's were a close second.

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