LOCKHART- Lockhart, Texas is known for one thing in particular: great BBQ! For this week's Cruisin' with Courtney, we headed southwest to see what the BBQ capital of Texas has to offer.
Our first stop of the day was Kreuz Market.
Assistant Manager, James McEachern said we had to try their brisket and sausage.
Kreuz has been around since 1900 and sticks to tradition. There are no forks or sauce at Kreuz.
McEachern said, "People used to eat at the table with their pocket knife at lunch and that is what we have continued. And the no sauce, we are proud of our meat and we don't want people to cover it up with glorified ketchup."
Second on the tasty tour was Smitty's Market.
Owner Nina Sells says, "If you come to Smitty's, its like a step back in time. We like to keep it simple around here."
Nina's father worked at Kreuz Market as a young child and eventually owned the business. When he passed away, he left Nina and her brother the business.
There were fundamental differences on how they wanted to move forward, so Nina stayed in the original building and named the restaurant Smitty's after her dad. Her brother built a larger building right as you come into town and kept the Kreuz name.
Next on the list was Chisholm Trail BBQ.
Owner Mike Capello said his restaurant is a little different than the others and is the place "where the locals eat".
Capello said, "Well there are several points of differentiation. Starting with the drive through. We are the only BBQ restaurant in Lockhart with a drive through."
Instead of serving BBQ on butcher paper and having sides a la carte, Chisholm Trail is also different in that they serve plates with meat and sides.
You won't want to miss out on the sides or the homemade bread!
Black's BBQ was our final taste of the day.
Lockhart area local Lane Ontiberos said, "It's one of the best BBQ places in the area. It's been a family tradition for a long time."
At the end of the day, if you're in to BBQ, Lockhart is a must for you. Try them all and find your favorite.
To test all of the BBQ in Lockhart, you better come prepared with your appetite and your stretchy pants.
BBQ with sauce and without, with sides or without...You've got options in the BBQ captial of Texas.