Smitty’s

Bar-b-q | Smoke House | Southwestern
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Smitty’s operates from the building in which Charles Kreuz opened his grocery store over a century ago. That store is what put Lockhart on the map as a destination for superb Texas barbecue. In 1948, Kreuz sold the business to the Schmidt family, who operated it until the mid-1990s, when a family feud split them up and sent the Kreuz Market out to a big new building.

In this old place, customers used to sit at wood counters against the wall, where the only utensil was a knife chained to a post so that everyone could use it to cut their sausage, if desired. The creaky wood counters are no longer in use; and you now dine at long communal tables in a front room that is cool, quiet, and comfortable.

In the back room, logs still smoulder in the old pit, which turns out gorgeous, juice-laden sausage rings, big-flavored brisket, and insanely succulent prime rib. Order food here and it is presented on butcher paper, which you carry up front to one of the tables in the air conditioned dining room. Most people know to eat this meat with their hands. It’s too tender for utensils, and too nice not to touch. Plastic spoons are available (for eating beans) as well as knives for cutting sausage.

What to Eat
Smitty’s, Sausage Ring
Sausage Ring
Must-Try
Sausage ring bursts with juice when severed.
Smitty’s, Brisket
Brisket
Must-Try
Pork chop, brisket, sausage: Texas trifecta
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday9am - 6:30pm
Monday7am - 6pm
Tuesday7am - 6pm
Wednesday7am - 6pm
Thursday7am - 6pm
Friday7am - 6pm
Saturday7am - 6:30pm
Roadtrips
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 | | 1 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…

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Price
$$
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
No
Alcohol Served
Yes
Outdoor Seating
No
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