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Smitty's Market

BBQ Joint$$$$
  • Ranked #2 for BBQ joints in Lockhart
  • Becky C.
    "The best brisket and sausage ever!"(29 Tips)
    Bridget B.
    "Brisket, ribs and hot rings Ftw"(20 Tips)
    Amber B.
    "Hubby said the prime rib was great!"(5 Tips)
    Kyle B.
    "... Lockhart for Smitty's, Kreuz's and/or Black's."(3 Tips)
81 Tips and reviews
  • barbecue
  • brisket
  • ribs
  • prime rib
  • authentic
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  • Kevin S.
    Kevin SkobacMarch 17
    Smitty's is steeped in atmosphere, from the lone cover to the blazing fires to the checkered past. Really fun barbecue stop. Pork ribs were my favorite.
  • The Wall Street Journal
    The Wall Street JournalJanuary 16, 2015
    The smokiness of the brisket here is delicious but can take some getting used to. It is also a specialized meat market where you can also purchase your own BBQ goods. Read more
  • Southern Living
    Southern LivingFebruary 10, 2012
    Made our South's Best List! Dive into the deliciousness of a perfect plate: ¼ pound smoked brisket (not the lean), 1 "hot link," ¼ pound pork ribs, white bread, pickle, piece of cheese, and crackers. Read more
  • Adam S.
    Adam StallmanOctober 25, 2012
    This is simply some of the best BBQ in the nation! BBQ done right... Order by the pound straight off the pit... Served on butcher paper... Cash only... No forks... Family style seating... Enough said!
  • Tyrone B.
    Brisket was bad azz, sausage is off da chizzain yo. It's worth the drive and time. 👍🏽👍🏽
  • Docwynn
    DocwynnMay 13, 2014
    Food not worth the trip. The folks great. Where you get the food right next to the wood burning grill/smoker is cool. The prices great. CASH only, but they have an ATM.
  • Lon B.
    Lon BozarthDecember 26, 2011
    I have never had a piece of pork cooked more perfectl. Great treatment and conversation with the pit boss. This place is the real deal. Sorry if a few of you can't diggit. Go back to California.
  • Kell C.
    Kell CondonFebruary 2, 2013
    Fyi: cold ring = uncooked sausage (good for cook@home). Shoulder is lean brisket (less fat) Brisket is fatty. Either, or, you cant go wrong!
  • Becky C.
    Becky C.August 5, 2011
    OMG. The best brisket and sausage ever! BBQ sauce by request only, but you won't need it. No plates. Meat served on butcher paper and napkins pulled from a hanging bathroom paper towel dispenser.
  • John A.
    John AndersonDecember 18, 2015
    Wow fantastic BBQ. The jalapeño sausage was moist and just the right spice. The brisket fatty was great but the burned ends were cooked perfect. Will be back.
  • Rebecca Decker
    Rebecca DeckerJune 4, 2013
    Amazing. Get ribs, brisket (both fat and lean), a pork chop and the prime rib if it's there. Prime rib on wknds only, but they sell out fast.
  • Scott W.
    Scott WillenbrockNovember 6, 2013
    Don't be fooled by the looks of the place. The brisket here is the best I've ever had! Definitely worth a stop if you're nearby!
  • Social N.
    Social News NetworkApril 19, 2013
    Right in the middle of Texas's barbeque capital, Smitty's may be the best barbeque in the state. This place is cash only, but they have an ATM.
  • Venu
    VenuAugust 30, 2014
    In many states, smitty's would be best. In lockhart, it's in a dead heat with black's for best bbq in town. Brisket pits are breathtaking.
  • Erica S.
    The sausage is what it's all about. Ribs and brisket are good. Don't forget to get some cheese and crackers.
  • Travel Channel
    Travel ChannelMarch 5, 2012
    At Smitty’s they serve up real Texas barbeque: beef that gets a dry rub before getting roasted over an open wood fire pit for 4-6 hours.
  • Kenneth T.
    Kenneth TiongMarch 29, 2013
    Excellent pork ribs, and the charred parts of the beef ribs are excellent 5/5. Brisket a bit tough and stringy. 4.25/5
  • Marc E.
    Marc EApril 24, 2015
    Former home of Kreuz, which relocated to its current digs in 1999. Smitty's Market just-missed-the Thrillist Top US BBQ List
  • Lisa D.
    Lisa DAugust 17, 2013
    Awesome! Still have memories! Best ribs ! Great brisket ! Hot pit near the checkout line! Old school beans! No credit! Cash only! Avocados and crackers
  • Derek D.
    Derek DukesMarch 13, 2012
    If coming with a group of friends, have one person order the food, on drinks and sides an park the rest at a long table.
  • Katherine
    KatherineJanuary 29, 2012
    Try the Brisket, Ribs, Pork Shoulder & Sausage - Try the Brisket- Classic Texas all the way!
  • Shaun R.
    Shaun RanceMarch 16, 2010
    Ribs are my meat of choice when eating BBQ and Smitty's has the best in town. A favorite of all those involved in #thegreatbbqescape and should not be missed.
  • Luis C.
    Luis C.August 9, 2012
    Try the prime rib. It had plenty of flavor and a nice thick crust ogre seasoning !
  • Ashish P.
    Ashish PJune 8, 2013
    Texas Monthly left them out of the top 50 for a reason. Huge step down compared to Black's/Kreuz.
  • James
    JamesAugust 24, 2013
    Always go in through the back door. If you don't then they will know you are an out of towner.
  • Rebecca H.
    Rebecca HueyAugust 5, 2013
    Get the prime rib and pork ribs. Don't bother with sides. Cash only!
  • Kyle B.
    Kyle BunchFebruary 24, 2013
    If you're going to make a BBQ pilgrimage, forget the Salt Lick and head out to Lockhart for Smitty's, Kreuz's and/or Black's.
  • Pao
    PaoSeptember 11, 2013
    Great Brisket ! Sausage greasy (ask for dry) bring cash!!!
  • Bill C.
    Bill CostlowAugust 20, 2012
    The ribs were the best - don't forget to ask for the sauce, not that the food needs it ...
  • Justin B.
    Justin BrodnaxSeptember 19, 2014
    Come hungry and leave happy. Amazing BBQ. Cash only.
  • Withoutink
    WithoutinkMarch 6, 2011
    Best BBQ ever. Rings, ribs, brisket. Bring cash. No forks. Eat w your hands. It's amazing.
  • Mike L.
    Mike LangfordNovember 15, 2012
    Great lunch with @KyleFlaherty and @JimStorer. Still waiting on @JeffCutler and @AaronStrout. #food #BBQ
  • Grace K.
    Grace KoJuly 9, 2010
    Love the sweet salty ribs, sausage dripping with oil, $1 blue ribbon ice cream a steal
  • Brent F.
    Brent FreemanMarch 6, 2015
    Great atmosphere. Brisket is only second to Kruez's
  • Michael C.
    Michael CJuly 19, 2015
    Truly epiphanous Texas brisket, sausage and BBQ pilgrimage experience.
  • Russell B.
    Russell BondMay 4, 2015
    No sauce and that's the way I like it! Meat that stands up and defines itself without a cover up!
  • Taylor B.
    Taylor BenefieldFebruary 18, 2013
    Pork ribs are a must.
  • Keba L.
    Keba LewMarch 24, 2013
    IF you come first timers.. bring cash.. they don't except plastic .. on my cash and checks.. ATM machine hit me up for 2 bucks!
  • Tony B.
    Tony BaldwinAugust 13, 2011
    Get the lean brisket. It doesn't need sauce - it's that moist!
  • Amber B.
    Hubby said the prime rib was great!
  • Teresa Gibbons B.
    Teresa Gibbons BoyerDecember 16, 2011
    Best BBQ I've ever eaten. Have to make a trip to try it out.
  • Adam R.
    Adam RogersAugust 19, 2013
    My brisket was dry, and lacked taste, rather disappointed, but have heard this has been an issue last year or so here. Was expecting much better, sadly this was well below what I got at Kreuz.
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsAugust 26, 2014
    Check out Smitty's Market as seen on Crave , Food Wars , Food Paradise Read more
  • Tina W.
    Tina WangSeptember 11, 2011
    No credit cards, no plates, no forks, no sauce - no problem. Best ribs ever!
  • Travis O.
    Travis OliverOctober 13, 2012
    Beat BBQ in the world. Try a sampling of everything.
  • Brandon T.
    Brandon ThomasNovember 4, 2013
    Take a stroll in to the back. Amazing spaces.
  • Brandon K.
    Brandon KraftApril 21, 2013
    If you want to use a fork, bring your own.
  • Conrad H.
    Conrad HametnerApril 3, 2010
    This place is BYOF (Bring Your Own Fork). They expect you to eat the meat with your hands. So wash up. They do have plastic spoons & knives.
  • Nick
    NickOctober 21, 2010
    The sausage is certainly dripping with oil, if you like that kind of thing.
  • Ed C.
    Ed CavazosSeptember 3, 2010
    May be the best BBQ in the state - certainly toward the top of the list.
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