My morning meeting broke off at 10:00a and I didn't need to be back at the client site until 1:30p so I was off to Lockhart in search of 'cue heaven. I still wasn't sure which of the three places I'd hit but based on all of your posts I knew it would be impossible to go wrong.
As I approached the town the first thing I noticed were the huge yellow signs for Black's. Not sure why, but this in-your-face advertising turned me off. Then I passed Kreuz on my right, slowed down, but kept going. Too big and barn-like. I parked in the square near the court house and walked over to Smitty's. That amazing aroma almost knocked me over when I walked in. I looked around for few minutes until realizing that I needed to actually walk in to the smoker to order. It was 11:15 so the place was empty. I told the counter-guy that I had come a long way and asked him to help me out. He grinned and gave me 2 slabs of fatty brisket, a big piece of prime rib and 1 hot sausage. All the meat went onto a few sheets of wax paper together with some bread. I passed into the dining room and after discovering there were no forks to be had - how many first-timers ask that stupied question - I sat down and dug in.
The brisket was absolutely incredible; so juicy that it was running down my wrist. Pure heaven - smoky, tender and just bursting with flavor. Can't imagine how this could get any better. The prime rib was also great. I cut away the center core and paired each bite with some fatty segments and the charred rub. Again, amazing. Never had prime rib anywhere near like it. The sausage was fine but anti-climactic. I was hoping for a more aggressively spiced mixture and I ended up leaving half of my link. I was very full and almost went back for another slice of the brisket but that would have pushed me over the edge. I was also curious whether the 5 minutes in the smoker left me smelling like smoke. Not sure what impact that would have had on my clients. I departed and sat for a few minutes under the oak tree in front of the courthouse and then a quick stop at a hip-looking place on the corner for an iced-coffee.
Simply put, this was the best 'cue I've ever had. Looks like I'll be back in the area in a few months so I'll be sampling Kreuz and Black's too.
Thanks so much for pointing me to Lockhart. Never would have found it without you.