Kreuz Market

Bar-b-q | Smoke House | Southwestern
Worth driving from anywhere!

Kreuz (rhymes with bites) started as a downtown meat market over a century ago, and it was one of the places that defined Texas barbecue. Several years ago, owing to a complicated family feud, it moved out of town (from the place that is now Smitty’s) to an immense roadside dining barn with all the charm of an airplane hangar.

So, it lacks the ramshackle feel of a good old Texas pit. But the meats made here are among the very best. Kreuz’s pit-cooked prime rib just might be the carnivorously satisfying foodstuff on earth. Brisket, sausage, and ribs are all superb. Despite its modern facilities, Kreuz has maintained pit-cook tradition: a limited menu that is meat, bread, and condiments (plus ice cream cones at a separate counter); and tote-your-own service from a ferociously hot pit where meat is sliced to order and sold by the pound.

What to Eat
Kreuz Market, smoked prime rib
smoked prime rib
There isn't a cut of meat on earth more succulent than Kreuz's smoke-laced prime rib. The flavor is dizzying, and it fairly oozes natural juices onto the butcher paper on which it is served.
Kreuz Market, Pit Ham
Pit Ham
Pit-cooked ham, a weekend special at Kreuz, isn't as oozingly juicy as beef, but if you like ham, it's a version you mustn't miss.
Kreuz Market, brisket
The brisket is perfect. The excellent sweet and smoky ham is still ham, not barbecue. Change of pace food only, in our opinion.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday10:30am - 6pm
Monday10:30am - 8pm
Tuesday10:30am - 8pm
Wednesday10:30am - 8pm
Thursday10:30am - 8pm
Friday10:30am - 8pm
Saturday10:30am - 8pm
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
8 stops | 171 MILES | 3 hr 8 min

The barbecue belt of central Texas: east of I-35 and north of I-10 where brisket, prime rib, and beef sausage are cooked in the haze of oak smoke slow enough that they baste themselves. Going back to the early 20th century when butchers decided to smoke unsold and unwanted cuts of beef and serve them…

8 stops | 316 MILES | 5 hr 30 min

Road Trip Overview

With a total of 316 miles to cover on this food filled road trip, the predicted drive time is 5 ½ hours. Beginning 30 minutes outside Dallas, the second largest city in Texas, this road trip will take you through small towns and fields, as well as the city of Austin, before…

Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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