Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Lockhart Texas and Smitty’s Market BBQ…

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Although it was only 41 miles to Lockhart State Park we took our time as it was drizzling. We pulled in and selected one  of the 10 full hookup sites facing the golf course.  We are staying at Lockhart State Park for just three days so after setting up we immediately headed over to town to begin our carnivorous intent. Since it was lunchtime we went to our favorite BBQ in Lockhart from our last stay, Smitty’s Market, a true Road Treat!

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Lockhart State Park 011There really isn’t anything like Texas smoked BBQ when it is done right and Lockhart has at least four BBQ joints that know how to do it right which is the only reason we come to stay here. Smitty’s has won many state awards but in the most recent annual list of the best BBQ Smitty’s didn’t even make the top 50 list according to Texas Monthly. They have been in the top ten list multiple times but making the top 50 list is tough in Texas and even though we still think Smitty’s makes some excellent brisket we may have to start expanding our horizons to include some other places beyond Lockhart.


Lockhart State Park 012We were served our smoked brisket on some butcher paperlong with some bread and anxiously gave it a taste. We agreed that this is still some mighty fine brisket but we also thought the meat was not quite as tender as our last visit .  It did however,  have an excellent smoke ring and was seasoned perfectly with an excellent dry rub. It might not be a Texas Monthly imagetop 50 but I really can’t imagine that there are really 50 better briskets in the state than what can be had at Smitty’s We did discover it made Southern Livings top 20 BBQ places in the south!

After indulging in a meat fest we decided it was in our best interest to take a walk around town. Lockhart has a lot of historical buildings found in the town square. In the middle of the town square is the Caldwell County courthouse which is as elegant as it is majestic. The historic courthouse currently standing was built in 1894 to replace the existing courthouse which was said to be too small for the rapidly growing county.

If you love BBQ (as we do) and old historic towns then we think Lockhart would be a great stopover!


  1. Texas does have a lot of counties. I can't believe how small they are. I wouldn't think they'd be too small for the county. My mouth is watering for that brisket.

  2. We loved Lockhart BBQ after going there based on one of your earlier posts!

  3. Clearly you have your work cut out for you. You must try all 50 of those places and do your personal rankings. It's a tough job but I think you are up to it. Thanks so much for the help on the thrush.

  4. We have never been to Lockhart but you are definitely in BBQ country! If you are headed west stop by The Salt Lick outside of Austin, you will not regret it.

  5. You just keep rubbing it in that you have great brisket and we got the crumbs! :) Well, we did get to eat at Paula Deen's restaurant today. That should count for something. (my mouth still waters for good bbq)

  6. Some day we will get to Lockhart and experience some real Texas BBQ.