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Lockhart BBQ Update (Black's and Smitty's)


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Lockhart BBQ Update (Black's and Smitty's)

Rick Smith | Dec 2, 2004 03:41 PM

Took a roadie down to Lockhart with my five year old son yesterday to check out the great BBQ town of Lockhart. Being no stranger there (first trip in 1960) I knew the drill and was showing my son the way around the town. We started at Black's (my all-time favorite BBQ joint) and promptly walked up to the meat counter. The meat guy asked how much brisket I needed and I said "Oh, about half..." and he said "Half pound?". I said, "No, about half a brisket". He smiled and pulled a newly smoked uncut whole brisket from the pit and asked how it looked. (Their briskets typically average 4-5 pounds but this one was just over 3 lbs.) It looked great with not a lot of exterior fat, even at the upper back end, so I took the whole thing. A few sausage rings and we were out the door headed to Smitty's. We had plenty of brisket so I was interested in some more sausage rings and some prime rib, since I've never had any there. The guy said they usually run out of prime rib about 1:00, so I'll try that later. Grabbed a few sausages and brought the grub home, after the owner gave me and my boy a tour of the place. Also brought home some of their "frozen smoked weiners". These are located up in the meat market and are a really good substitute for hot dogs. Got home and sliced up the brisket and it was AWESOME, same as nearly every time I've had it at Black's. There have been a few negative reviews here about Black's brisket, but I got a great one. (The tip is to always ask for a new brisket and not to buy a bunch of the last slices of the one sitting on the chopping block). All of the sausages were very good with me and my wife liking Black's better and my son preferring Smitty's. The only other BBQ in Texas in the same league as these places is City Market in Luling, although I also like Louie Muellar's in Taylor and Cooper's in Llano (if I'm out that way).

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