I just wanted to post a thank you to all of you that recommended Smitty's in Lockhart (Steve, Northender, et al.) I visited there earlier this week and I still can't get that brisket out of my head. I might have to move to Texas now.
Not only was it the best barbecue I've ever had, but the atmosphere was unique and unforgettable. What a treasure! I wanted to try the other places for comparison sake, but I gorged myself so completely at Smitty's that I couldn't eat another bite. It was one of the highlights of my trip, and I definitely wouldn't have known about it without your recommendation.