BBQ in Lockhart
30 July 2008
Since moving to Austin from New York City in 2003, one of my favorite ways to spend a Saturday is to take short road trips with friends and check out the amazing food experiences that Texas has to offer. The Salt Lick, in Driftwood — just twenty minutes from Austin – is the gold standard of BBQ for me.
Nothing beats the flavor-packed sausage, freshly baked white bread, and delicious, not too mayonnaisey sides. A couple years ago, when I first moved to Austin, I visited Cooper’s BBQ
It was worth the hour and a half drive but I was a novice back then. My then-boyfriend and I ordered pounds upon pounds of food — not realizing what we were doing. In the end, it cost a whopping $60 for the two of us and we enjoyed the leftovers of the Flintstone’s-sized meal for the rest of the week! I remember the three kinds of cobbler were especially yummy.
Last fall, I asked my good friends Ilyse and Rachel to join me for a road trip out to Lockhart to sample some of their famous BBQ. This small town of less than 14,000 has not one but FOUR famous BBQ joints. We resolved to try as many as we could in one afternoon. As we drove into town, we couldn’t miss Kreuz Market (pronounced Krites) looming large on the right side of the road. The ambience was great and the ribs were thick and juicy–the best I’ve ever had.
Our next stop was Smitty’s Market
where we ordered our meat in a brick-lined, smoke-filled room. This was half the price and much busier than Kreuz’s, but didn’t erase the memory of those wonderful ribs. We then walked into Black’s BBQ
….and walked right out. It was a cramped, buffet-style spot that seemed to emphasize the entire meal and not just the meat. We were very full at this point and didn’t have the heart to force ourselves to sample anything. We drove a little further out of town to Chisholm Trail BBQ
. We couldn’t even think meat by this point, but still found room for hot peach cobbler a la mode!
Approximate distance (in miles):
San Antonio: 73
, salt lick