Thursday, June 28, 2012

BBQ Road Trip: Lockhart (Part I)

For Father's Day, Ryan wanted to visit Lockhart, Texas, the "Barbecue Capital of Texas," known for its three famous joints: Smitty's Market, Black's Barbecue, and Kreuz Market.  The plan was to take a leisurely drive to Lockhart, eat at Dairy Queen (the boys' favorite restaurant), stop and take in the tourist sites, and then pick up some meat for Ryan to transport home in his trusty ice chest.

We knew that Kreuz Market isn't open on Sundays, but we didn't anticipate the large crowds converging on Lockhart for Father's Day.  Both Smitty's and Black's had lines out the door and around the corner, in the insufferable Texas heat, and alas, poor Ryan left Lockhart without any barbecue.  Sniff, sniff.

Still, it was not a wasted trip, and we now have a plan of action in place for next time.  Since the restaurants open at 10 am, we will head there first, pick up the literal prized pig (or cow), and then go on about our visit.  Ryan was very diplomatic about his failed attempt to procure smoked meat, and we still had a wonderful day trip.  Here are some photos from our little excursion, and stay tuned for Part II of our BBQ Road Trip soon.  Very soon.  Like tomorrow.

Kreuz Market, Lockhart, Texas.

Stacked wood for the smokers, Kreuz Market.

The line outside Black's Barbecue.
The line outside Smitty's Market.
The gorgeous Caldwell Country Courthouse in Lockhart.
Downtown Lockhart, site of many movie sets, including What's Eating Gilbert Grape.
Arredondo Park, a shaded playground near the railroad track.
A bridge and lazy stream near the park.
Rhys and Mama exploring the park.
The park is right next to the railroad tracks, and we were able to see a train go by!
Trainspotting on Father's Day.
I just love this scene with the huge Texas sky.
The Southwest Museum of Clocks and Watches, housed in a gorgeous old building.

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