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Don Marco
11-29-2009, 08:16 AM
Howdy folks...

At the end of my trip to the states, after eggtoberfest and the Jack, i spent a couple of days in Houston, Texas.

Since this was a BBQ trip all over i had to drive the 140 miles to Lockhart to see the old pits and try some real texas BBQ.

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Here we go, first Stop : Smittys Market www.smittysmarket.com/

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The whole location was awesome.
I ordered some Brisket and a sausage here. No sides at all.

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The brisket was very flavourful but not as tender as i was hoping for, but the sausage made up for that. It was really good.

I only ordered a small portion cause i had some more places on my list.

Next Stop : Blacks BBQ - the oldest family owned BBQ Restaurant in Texas www.blacksbbq.com

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Had a nice little beef rib, some brisket and a great Jalapeno Sausage here. Brisket was as tender and flavourful as can be and the Beef Rib was out of this world.


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After that feast i was invited for a pit tour by the friendly owner.

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70 Years old butcher block. Its got a lot of work over the years and got shorter and shorter by the time so they had to add legs to keep a good working height a couple of years ago. Id give my left nut for a block like that...

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Don Marco
11-29-2009, 08:16 AM
I was happy to take a walk after that and finally found Kreuz Market. www.kreuzmarket.com (http://www.kreuzmarket.com)


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I wasnt really hungry any more, but sometimes a man's got to do what a man's got to do http://mybbq.net/forum/images/smiles/s_cool.gif

So i ordered some Brisket, 2 Spare Ribs and a Jalapeno Sausage.


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The Food was great, but not as good as the stuff at Blacks.
The wood pile is a nice sight though.

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On my way back to Houston i stopped at the "Luling BBQ" ( damn, i missed the city market) for another jalapeno sausage wich was also very good.


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I never had good BBQ like that in any restaurant before and to see those old pits and BBQ joints cooking like decades ago was really worth the trip.


I´ll definately be back to TX next year to have lunch in Lockhart and look for all the other famous BBQ places.

So long,

DM

blues_n_cues
11-29-2009, 08:22 AM
great pics.i take it you like jalapeno sausage..
thanx for the pics. they brought back a lot of memories.

Phubar
11-29-2009, 08:24 AM
Wow,that's a dream trip right there!
So jealous right now!
Thanks for the many pics....as usual!

Bigmista
11-29-2009, 08:29 AM
Awesome, awesome review. Thanx!

SmokeWatcher
11-29-2009, 08:29 AM
Damn that looked good! ROAD TRIP!

sfisch
11-29-2009, 08:32 AM
Great pictures, wow! what a trip you had.
Nice meeting you and your team at the Jack, hopefully we meet up again some day.

Scott

MOS95B
11-29-2009, 08:46 AM
Man, you're making me miss home....

Might have to head down there again, soon, visit the folks, and show The Missus what real Texas BBQ is all about....

Thanks for the memories!!

BigDaddyJ
11-29-2009, 08:48 AM
Awesome pictures, thank you!

tubadude
11-29-2009, 08:53 AM
Nice tour! Thanks for posting!

Skidder
11-29-2009, 08:56 AM
DM thanks for taking us along!

Ron_L
11-29-2009, 09:07 AM
Great pics, DM! One of these days I'll get down there and do the BBQ tour.

swibirun
11-29-2009, 09:10 AM
It was fun getting to tag along vicariously!

Gore
11-29-2009, 09:22 AM
Fabulous pilgrimage. All your BBQ sins have been forgiven.

Captain Dave
11-29-2009, 09:30 AM
Man those beef ribs really stand out! I'd hit the hell out of them!!

BruceB
11-29-2009, 09:32 AM
Great pictures, wow! what a trip you had.
Nice meeting you and your team at the Jack, hopefully we meet up again some day.

Scott

I'm surprised he didn't already know you.

LMAJ
11-29-2009, 09:48 AM
Great pics DM - thanks for posting them!

Cre-B-Ce
11-29-2009, 10:01 AM
Awesome pics. I'd love to take a trip like that.

MilitantSquatter
11-29-2009, 10:04 AM
Great pics, DM! One of these days I'll get down there and do the BBQ tour.

I agree...

Everytime, I see pics of these places (and Don Marco's are some of the best) I want to hop on a plane to try it for myself too.

Ronelle... with proper planning, this could be the mega Brethren Road Trip..:biggrin:

vr6Cop
11-29-2009, 10:08 AM
Awesome pictures and great story. :cool: You made my dream road trip! Congrats!

Those dogs were looking at you, thinking, "You ain't from around here, are you boy?" :biggrin:

BBQ_MAFIA
11-29-2009, 10:15 AM
I agree with the rest...these are great pics.

MOS95B
11-29-2009, 10:33 AM
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Buuter Krust and Big Red... The flavors of my childhood.....

Mark Stanton
11-29-2009, 10:37 AM
Man I have got to get out more!! Thanks for the pics

GreasePig
11-29-2009, 10:58 AM
Awesome pics DM! Looks like you had a grand time!

I bet Donnie is shedding a lil' tear somewhere looking at these!

You've visited the mecca!

Westexbbq
11-29-2009, 12:06 PM
Well done DM,
fantastic journey and the pics certainly did justice.
Nice going, very nice indeed.

Psyco Realm
11-29-2009, 12:13 PM
thanks for the great documentry and reviews.

big brother smoke
11-29-2009, 12:15 PM
Marvelous pics, DM!

thillin
11-29-2009, 12:34 PM
Glad you were able to hit them. I hit all of those about once a year. Try to stock up on sausage to get me through the year.

jazzspot
11-29-2009, 12:50 PM
Big thanks Don for your great BBQ adventure in Texas!! My regret is that I wasn't tagging along with you samplin' all that delicious que!! http://www.barbecuebible.com/board/images/smiles/icon_cool.gif

deguerre
11-29-2009, 12:54 PM
I agree...

Everytime, I see pics of these places (and Don Marco's are some of the best) I want to hop on a plane to try it for myself too.

Ronelle... with proper planning, this could be the mega Brethren Road Trip..:biggrin:
Caravan!:biggrin:

leanza
11-29-2009, 01:00 PM
Just fantastic. Thanks DM. That's what I appreciate about this board, international cooperation. Really, outstanding!

BBQSamYesIam
11-29-2009, 01:40 PM
My friends just did a similar trip, and included these great spots among others. It was a 2.5 day, eight stop trip! Check out here for more info. http://abunchofguysonaquestforkillerbbqbodaciousbeerandsl oppygolf.com/

Looks like a great trip. I live here and have no excuse not to do it myself sometime.

anamosity
11-29-2009, 01:52 PM
WOW, thats some impressive looking pits and food.

TinCup
11-29-2009, 01:53 PM
Amazing trip and pictures, thank you for sharing!

Sledneck
11-29-2009, 01:58 PM
I agree...

Everytime, I see pics of these places (and Don Marco's are some of the best) I want to hop on a plane to try it for myself too.

Ronelle... with proper planning, this could be the mega Brethren Road Trip..:biggrin:Lets do it the same week as that texas mega bash!! :rolleyes:

Buster Dog BBQ
11-29-2009, 02:01 PM
Wow. Great pics.

MilitantSquatter
11-29-2009, 02:03 PM
Lets do it the same week as that texas mega bash!! :rolleyes:

Last I read it's a lock for Jan or Feb.. just not sure what year.

Is Houston the closest of the major cities to fly into to then drive to Central, TX ?

Sledneck
11-29-2009, 02:04 PM
Will they let me bring a bottle of A-1 into any of these joints?

thillin
11-29-2009, 02:04 PM
Last I read it's a lock for Jan or Feb.. just not sure what year.

Is Houston the closest of the major cities to fly into to then drive to Central, TX ?

Austin or San Antonio.

TxBuddha
11-29-2009, 04:44 PM
Man I'm a native Texan and never done that trip....that'll change after the holidays!!

ThomEmery
11-29-2009, 05:07 PM
Last I read it's a lock for Jan or Feb.. just not sure what year.

Is Houston the closest of the major cities to fly into to then drive to Central, TX ?


I am in............ Zilla you still working this deal???
Austin fly in Mega Brethren Bash hitting all the BBQ Shines over a weekend

Mark_d
11-29-2009, 05:23 PM
That was some good looking meals you got! Wish my move was over so i could do some real cooking. thanks for the pics and review!

The_Kapn
11-29-2009, 05:29 PM
Fantastic photos of a great trip.

Thanks.

TIM

countyliner
11-29-2009, 05:44 PM
Great pron. Glad you enjoyed your trip

Westexbbq
11-29-2009, 06:22 PM
[QUOTE=MilitantSquatter;1098216]Last I read it's a lock for Jan or Feb.. just not sure what year.

I still have May 25, 2013 on my calendar, only 1,272 days left to go!

Cre-B-Ce
11-29-2009, 08:24 PM
I still have May 25, 2013 on my calendar, only 1,272 days left to go!

You might want to move it up. Haven't you heard? The world ends in 2012!!! :biggrin:

RAYSOR
11-29-2009, 08:32 PM
Thanks for the pics, really enjoyed!

tjus77
11-29-2009, 08:54 PM
Glad that our little state could help make your visit more enjoyable...

JD McGee
11-29-2009, 09:25 PM
Great pics DM...one day I'd like to do a BBQ road trip myself and pay homage to the meccas...:cool:

Diva Q
11-29-2009, 10:51 PM
I Miss Texas. Great pictures.

Jay Bird
11-29-2009, 11:11 PM
Awsome trip! Thanks for the trip down memory lane. You can take the boy out of Texas but you cant take Texas out of the boy.

1_T_Scot
11-29-2009, 11:11 PM
Great Pictures and write up. Glad to see you got away from that Dodge truck in the first pic(not hard to out run one of those)! I was worried where this was going.

BobBrisket
11-29-2009, 11:26 PM
DM--What a road trip, Brother!! How would you rank them in overall taste and autheticity. I know its close, but would like to know you opinion. From what I see, I'd go Blacks, and Smitty's with Kruetz as close 3rd. (Not trying to stir the pot, just going by pics) Plus, I would love to lick the meat grates in those pits that Blacks uses. DAMN, the grates should be on the menu!:lol: I guess I'd like to know your favorite in case a person could only make it to one place. Which do you think it would be?

Moose
11-29-2009, 11:32 PM
I'm speechless - what a great job you've done documenting your BBQ journey!

Texcam
11-30-2009, 12:18 AM
Don, Nice photos and review. It was great meeting you at Klose Pits factory. Hope you enjoyed all of your stateside visit. Regards James

Big George's BBQ
11-30-2009, 12:45 PM
Great Pics Thanks You sure had a Great trip

Coach_Mac
11-30-2009, 01:12 PM
I think maybe Kreutz wasn't as good to you because you were full at the time but that's always been my favorite place. (Not that you can go wrong with any of them! 3 best bbq places in Texas in my opinion...I'll listen to Saltlick arguments tho).

Alexa RnQ
11-30-2009, 01:17 PM
Now THAT's an epic trip!

And now I really, really need beef ribs. *whimper*

Pit Boss Honeycutt
11-30-2009, 01:21 PM
WOW! Thanks! Now I am really hungry! Great Pics!!

chambersuac
11-30-2009, 03:12 PM
great BBQ trip, for sure! Thanks for posting!

jestridge
11-30-2009, 05:52 PM
Looks like a dream trip to me Did they burn their wood down or just add wood to the fire