You know us Texans love BBQ.  If you haven’t heard of Lockhart, TX it is the Barbecue Capital of Texas.  A road trip to Lockhart, TX is a must for any real Texan or visitor to Central Texas.  Just 35 miles Southeast of Austin, Texas you will find an unassuming town of 13,000 residents and home to some of the best BBQ ever.

BBQ Institutions in Lockhart, TX

The misses and I had a day off on Good Friday, so we decided to take a little road trip to Lockhart.

Kruez Market

The first thing you need to know is that you will not get a fork or a plate at Kruez.  Also, you won’t be able to find any barbecue sauce anywhere on site.  According to tradition, which began over a century ago, BBQ was sold on wax paper and without forks. In addition, there is no bbq sauce in sight.  According to Kruez they have nothing to hide and the flavor of the meat is all you need. If you need bbq sauce then the meat isn’t cooked correctly.  Kruez also has had the same pit master for the past 20 years.

The BBQ does not disappoint and this one is by far my most favorite of the three in Lockhart.


Named one of  the best BBQ restaurant in Texas by Texas Monthly Magazine. In 1999 the daughter of the founder opened up Smittys Market.  The smoke stack can be seen in the sky of Lockhart.

Like Kruez,  you get your choice of sausage, brisket, and ribs.  Also, pro tip, BRING CASH.  To date they do not accept credit cards or checks so make sure and bring some cash.  Walking into Smitty’s is like taking a trip down memory lane.  It still looks like it did when it opened.

Blacks BBQ

Blacks another BBQ institution in Lockhart, TX is another great place for BBQ! With locations in Austin, Lockhart, and now in San Antonio, TX Blacks is a family owned BBQ place with delicious BBQ.  The “Original Black’s Barbecue” opened in 1932 which is located in Lockhart.  Four generations later Blacks is still cranking out amazing BBQ.

Pro-Tip: If you are a fan of BBQ sauce Blacks does have BBQ sauce and you can purchase some to take home with you.

Check out our visit to Kruez Market.

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