Kreuz Market: Raiding the Pit in Lockhart Barbecue Barn

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Everything's bigger in Texas, including barbecue restaurants like Kreuz Market.

Kreuz Market, a 23,000 square-foot barbecue barn down the road from the market’s original location, which housed Kreuz for the first 99 years of its existence before a rent dispute intervened.


Wood Texas

Outside Kreuz Market, they stack enough oak wood to build a small village.

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Patty Rucker’s painting by the entrance depicts three Schmidts at the butcher block.

Barbecue Sign Texas

A classic greeting lines the dining room door: “Vegetarians enter here. Normal folks down the hall!” If you enter through this door, there’s no meat.

The Kreuz traditions are listed below the menu: No Barbecue Sauce; No Forks; No Salads; No Credit; No Kidding.

Barbecue Smokers Texas

Pit men carve and administer meat amidst a mammoth roomful of smokers.

Rattlesnake Texas

A framed rattlesnake hide appears on the dining room wall, complete with a story: “Killed by Judge Walker just south of town. Approximate length was 6’5″ and it had two baby kittens inside. And, no, they were not still alive.”

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Here’s the Kreuz sausage, brisket, and pit ham. The latter’s available only on Fridays and Saturdays. The pit ham was salty and absolutely luscious. The sausage was finer-textured than other area establishments, but tasted good, and the brisket had a nice outer crust that generated a salty, chewy lip-smack.

Potato Salad Texas

Warm, savory German-style potatoes, one of the only “trimmings” available in-house.

Fittingly, a cow and pig usher diners back out to the mall-sized parking lot.

Kreuz Market: Raiding the Pit in Lockhart Barbecue Barn

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Joshua Lurie

Joshua Lurie founded FoodGPS in 2005. Read about him here.

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