OK...... today i had to go down to Lockhart to get Q from the big 3 in town..... Blacks, Smitty and
Kreuz...... had to bring home enough for the next 5 days at least LOL
I first went to Blacks but the line was VERY long so i thought... ok..... i'll hit Smitty now and come back to Blacks later.
there was alot of people eating in Smittys when i got there but no line in the smoke pit.
what a wonderful place Smiitys is..... LOVE that burning wood when you come in thru the back way....on a cold day you can stop and warm your hands.
anyway..... i just got a pound of brisket.... and some links. WET brisket too ! they were kind enough to fish out another piece of meat from the pit to give me just what i wanted.
when theres a line they usually dont want to do that. ( at least thats been my experience)
i like it well marbled and this look wonderful.
since i am taking this home.... they wrapped it up good and i was on my way.
my next stop was Kreuz.
i havent been in this place for a long time....since the last visit was a disaster.
but..... since BBQ is an organic product.... there can be good days and bad days.... i thought i would try again.
for Kreuz..... TODAY was ANOTHER BAD day !
i walked in..... there was no line at the pit...... but plenty of cars in the lot.
again..... i asked for a pound of well marbled brisket.
the manager was there..... he was doing the cutting.
as i was watching him i could see the meat he selected had a HUGE glob of fat nearly half the width of the meat portion of the slice.
Hold on i said...... i want it marbled please..... not a big chunk of fat hanging off the end of it.
they looked at me like i had six heads !
then he pulls out a lean piece with NO fat at all.
look i said..... what i want is some good marbled meat.... you know.... like kind of running thru the beef?
he looks at me and says.... i'm sorry.... we dont have anything like that.
BY NOW I AM THINKING WHAT?
what on earth is going on here.
i politely excused myself and said ok i'm sorry..... this is just not my day.
and i left.
i couldnt bring myself to buy anything..... the meat looked SO bad...... i just couldnt believe this place.
now i am not saying i wont go back there because..... BBQ can be good or bad depending on the day you go. but this is disappointment TWICE in a row and i am starting to wonder if i will ever go back. LOL
my last stop was Blacks. by now the line was gone and there wasnt a soul in the place.
i ordered my pound of marbled brisket and it was AMAZING !
they gave me a piece to taste and it was RIGHT ON THE MONEY !
THESE people know brisket.
they are consistently good over and over again.
i also asked for a half rack of ribs...... when they cut the rack in half.... i about fainted. they were
SOOO BEAUTIFUL !
HUGE meaty spareribs.... all pink with smoke and a moist luscious texture.
just ready to go face down in.
i mean these were the best ribs yet that i have seen from Blacks.
anyway..... when i got home.... i couldnt help myself ... right away i dove into one of those beautiful ribs and it was as good as it looked. deep smokey rich flavor.....and right off the bone with just enough tooth.
they were SO big..... i had to hold myself to TWO of them becuase there was brisket waiting.
the meat from Smittys was wonderful. not the same flavor and texture as Blacks..... but equally as good...... sliced from a different part of the brisket.... smokey and flavorful.
so.... thats my Lockhart report today. thumbs up for Blacks and Smittys..... thumbs down for Kreuz.
who knows what will happen on my next trip into town. maybe Kreuz will be better....never can tell with BBQ.
i'll be back again in a few weeks.... i'm trying not to be such a BBQ addict... but its not easy you know when you live so close to these places. LOL