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Lockhart: The Town That BBQ Built

HOUSTON: Saturday 11-Noon on NewsRadio 740 KTRH

If you haven’t been to Lockhart, Texas, than I’m not sure how serious your love of the Lone Star State’s barbecue really is. Lockhart has been declared The Barbecue Capital of Texas by no less a force than the state Legislature – and I’m relieved to report there’s never any politics behind a declaration like that. Still, when your town is located between the likes of Luling, Elgin and Taylor and you get to be the Barbecue Capital, that’s saying, well, a mouthful. 


One of the reasons behind this honor is quantity rather than quality. Lockhart doesn’t have one, two or three excellent barbecue joints – it has four. And in this hour of radio, we eat our way through every one of them, sitting down with the honor to learn, naturally, why he believes his barbecue is The Best. We start with Black’s Barbecue, always a wonderful place to start anyway, and chat with “mostly retired” Edgar Black Jr. about how his Daddy started things off at the height of the Great Depression. We leave Black’s full and not the last bit depressed. 


We spend time at two barbecue joints with an entangled history: Smitty’s and Kreuz Market. Essentially separated by family ties, this places attracted national media some years back about which one carried on the real tradition of their ancestors. It was a Texas BBQ War, and readers and TV viewers across America… ate it up. And finally, there’s Chisholm Trail. Definitely the first barbecue joint in many miles to install a drive-thru, it’s also a place that does a lot of things right while keeping the prices low. We approve!


About John DeMers

I've been a journalist and author forever. My favorite single word in the English language is "foodandwine." This spirit drives my 45 published books and my weekly radio show heard in Houston, Dallas and Austin.

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  1. I hereby appointment myself as the John DeMers delicious mischief driver and steward. I will drive to these gems of locales and you can do the show prep. Ok well, I have to at least drive in a caravan behind you. When are we going to go back to Luling, TX for their BBQ stories too. All the best and thanks for the show.


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