I've recently had the priveledge of giving the new Kreuz Market (Lockhart, TX barbecue) a thorough going over. I approached the new building and its crucial pits with some trepidation. After all, how do you recreate something that was 80 years in the making? Failure to successfully recreate the temple of Texas Barbecue could well have created a 'cue crisis. Without the Kreuz beacon to follow, quality might have suffered on a statewide basis.
Not to worry. The prayers of the faithful have been answered. The 'cue at the new location is as good as the old ever was. Pitmaster Roy is working his magic on a pit area about eight times the size of the original. The fires are still on the floor, but you no longer have to brave the heat to get to the goods.
All of the meats are a succulent as ever. I went in doubting the ability of the food to recover from the move, but quickly cast those doubts aside. In fact, I found myself returning within the week. The line for the sides is unchanged, but you do now have the choice of eating in a large screened area or in an airconditioned room, which also stores Blue Bell ice cream and fresh meats (don't forget the meat market roots of the place). I prefer the screened area if it's under 90 or so.
One side note. Don't take a Canadian along. Our misguided Canadian companion actually asked for dry beef. He meant lean beef (a bad idea, but not a 'cue crime) but we did have to fight our way through the glares of regulars and pitmen. I was afraid for a minute we'd be banned for life. Dry beef. I still can't believe he said that.
In short, go back to Kreuz, it's still the king. As for the old market, the mean sister in the story who forced the move is trying to operate a barbecue place in the old building she selfishly took from her brother. I haven't seen any cars in her parking lot. 'Nuff said.
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