Am coming to the last of the Texas posts–that little 3-day-check-out-of-my-life trip (see previous posts). SO, on our last day after checking out of our really beautiful, comfortable and hip hotel the St. Cecelia http://www.hotelsaintcecilia.com/ (more on that later), there was one last place that needed visiting. Lockhart Texas is the self titled heart of Texas BBQ. A little, central casting Texas town, it boasts about 5 major BBQ joints, all similar but still with different flavor angles too. I wanted to try 4 places but made it to 2.
Clearly Kruez’s is mad popular with the locals, sporting about 9 smoking pits and rows upon rows of picnic tables. (Btw, don’t ask for BBQ sauce lest you embarrass yourself.) The scene is the same at all–you walk up and order by the pound: fat (brisket), lean (shoulder), links (sausage). They hack and pack at a circular table then sides and drinks etc are had in a separate room. All those have similar choices (if a little random)–cheese, beans, pickled jalapeno, onion etc. And, truthfully Kruez’s wasn’t my favorite but Smitty’s (pictured in last shot) WAS. You take a bite of the ice cold water/vinegar soaked onion with a bite of fatty seasoned brisket blanketed in the smushy white cotton bread and it is utter bliss. WE loved it so much that we went back, bought 4 pounds more of brisket, packed it up, stuffed it in the suitcase and headed to the airport. Quinn boys were suitably impressed as all was eaten by midnight.
Furthermore, they were shocked when no more could be produced on Monday morning in NYC.
More TX stuff to share: salsas, st ceclia, cowboy boots, citrus then back to the ordinary MH daily activities–still nothing to shake a stick at!