‘How about that BBQ’ in Lockhart, Texas


BlacksBBQ_outside_JimmySmith_JulianneGCraneAs part of our short two-day stay at the nearby Lockhart State Park, we ate at two of the four best barbecue places in these parts —  ‘Lockhart: the BBQ Capital of Texas.’

Lockhart and cattle go back a long ways in these parts … back to when it was a major northward converging point on the Chisholm Trail to Kansas.

Today, the town of about 12,000 has four major BBQ restaurants–Black’s Barbecue, Chisholm Trail BBQ, Kreuz Market and Smitty’s Market. Together, they estimate they serve more than 5,000 people each week.

We asked the park ranger for his recommendation and he said for an “authentic Texas barbecue experience” start with Smitty’s Market. We did as he suggested and the dry-rub brisket and pork ribs were savory and delicious. (Be prepared, just about everything except the pinto beans are eaten with your fingers.)

Next we ate at Black’s Barbecue just on the other side of the downtown square in this small Central Texas community. The serving line wait was about 30 minutes. Lots of good sides. Both restaurants have long tables for family-style seating. So be prepared to rub elbows with the locals.

See addition pictures and read more about all four BBQ joints on RV Shorts Stops.

— Julianne G. Crane

Photo: Jimmy Smith outside Black’s Barbecue in Lockhart, TX. (Julianne G. Crane)

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  • We also enjoyed some of that fantastic Lockhart BbQ last year …and to our added delight, discovered Desiderata Estates Wine Bar just down the sidewalk from Black’s. We spent the afternoon sipping wines and beers from the area with several local residents and the co-owner, who embraced us warmly with laughs and conversation. I LOVE Lockhart!

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