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.
STARTING AT BLACK’S
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.
THE TEXAS BBQ WAR
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!