6/27/2013 10:08:00 AM

Barbecue Joint of the Day: Kreuz Market

To celebrate barbecue week, we’re highlighting a different barbecue restaurant outside of Austin each day. Zagat readers rounded up their five favorites here, but with so many awesome joints in the area, we have a few more in mind too.

The next restaurant to make the cut (fatty and lean) is Kreuz Market (pronounced “Krites”). Earlier in the week we highlighted Black’s, also in Lockhart, and Smitty’s, in Lockhart too, is on our Zagat readers’ list.

But let’s talk Kreuz.


As most barbecue aficionados know, when the daughter and son of Edgar “Smitty” Schmidt (who in 1948 had bought the barbecue joint from the Kreuz family) had a falling out, the original Kreuz splintered into two. Part of the family stayed in the original location, now called Smitty’s, and the brother took the name and started a new restaurant on the highway, Kreuz Market. In 1999 Kreuz moved to a new space, where you’ll find it now.

And find it indeed we did a few months back. The topper was the pork rib, fatty and juicy with a nice peppery crust. There’s no sauce at Kreuz, so you can really taste the moist brisket, pork tenderloin, prime rib, turkey, sausage and Butter Krust white bread. Wash it down with a Shiner and you can call yourself a true Texan. (Photo by Brad Istre)

619 N. Colorado St., Lockhart; 512-398-2361

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