Steve from Philly and I went down to Lockhart yesterday to sample some 'cue from Smitty's and Black's.
Smitty's: Except for the wall hangings, the place is essentially unchanged from when the Schmidt boys operated Kreuz there. Excellent brisket with that classic Lockhart-style crust that is so delicious; as tender and moist as any I've had. The pork chop was absolutely delicious with a brick red, smoky exerior and moist interior. Sausage was virtually identical to Kreuz and that means it was damn good, perfectly packed, nicely peppery and smoked to perfection. As a staunch Kreuz supporter it galls me to say it, but I'll go back to Smitty's.
Black's: What an amazing disappointment this place was compared to Smitty's. The brisket was oversmoked to the point of having a creosote flavor. We ate only enough to be confident we could call it bad. Pork loin was dry and deviod of any flavor, be it pork or smoke and the sausage brought up the rear. It was grey-brown in color and had a wierd, mushy texture that Steve correctly identified as seeming raw. The flavor was overwhelmingly like that dirty, nasty flavor that liquid smoke delivers. I was incredibly disappointed and won't be back.