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Black's Barbecue
Barbecue Restaurant$$
Today 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
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215 N Main St Lockhart, TX 78644
215 North Main StreetUSTexasLockhart78644
$$Barbecue RestaurantToday 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am – 8:00 pmTuesday 10:00 am – 8:00 pmWednesday 10:00 am – 8:00 pmThursday 10:00 am – 8:00 pmFriday 10:00 am – 8:30 pmSaturday 10:00 am – 8:30 pmSunday 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Oldest in Texas, Same Family, Since 1932
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Family-run Texas institution since 1932 dishing brisket, ribs & links in a homey, unfussy setting.- Google
"I got coleslaw, green beans, an original sausage, and 2 pork spare ribs."
"My wife went the dessert route with banana pudding and peach cobbler."
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Having grown up in the true BBQ capital of the world, K.C., and having worked in Memphis (a close second place) Chicago and North Carolina, I had the opportunity of stopping in Lockhart today. After waiting in line for 30 minutes while people cut in before us and then having no staff to greet us to explain the confusing sign (Step 1: Take a plate Step 2: get your sides.....and OBTW, each side will cost you....and you have to guess what that might be as the sign does not and staff doesn't as they disappear), I got to a totally confused staff - who couldn't explain things such as how much the pork chops were, etc. Once I ordered my half pound of "world best brisket", it was a good quarter pound of overcooked, dried out FAT.....The sauce I won't even mention. Blacks is horribly OVER RATED and living on a hype that isn't deserved. They - and everyone who knows good BBQ - need to know this. While staying here in Austin on work, I have had MUCH MUCH better from several of the local food trucks. And on a drive through Hill Country, absolutely enjoyed the brisket and folks at 303 in Blanco who are not at all pretentious like the folks at Blacks. OVER RATED
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Jason DeReese
a month ago
I can't believe this place has good reviews. I have never met a more rude staff in my life. I showed up with a great attitude hoping to try some good Texas Bbq. They were out of everything except for brisket and saugage, which I excepted but then I was overcharged. The brisket that was dry and overheated for too long. It had that dark brownish color after you slice it. To top it off, they charged me 31.00 for a pound of brisket. When I went to find out why, the cashier conveniently lost the reciept and the manager said I was the only one crying about it and I should have gone to Bill Millers! Frustrated with no resolution, I just left. I hope that their place catches on fire and burns to the ground.
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Response from the owner - a month ago
Hi Jason, we are very sorry for your bad experience. Nothing you described is how we do business, and we appreciate you letting us know. Which location did you dine at? We would really appreciate your help in ensuring this never happens again. Thank you! - Barrett Black
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Quanesha Speed
2 weeks ago
I am just now leaving Blacks. I am from Dallas so my expectations were high. This BBQ is horrible. The brisket was dry and the ribs looked boiled and they were tough. Not to mention we ordered 2 ribs and they were $10. Clearly they could take some pointers from ANY BBQ joint in Dallas. Now I have waited $20 and my gas.
Response from the owner - 2 weeks ago
Hi Quanesha, Thank you so much for coming out to Black's and for your feedback. We are extremely sorry for your experience. Are you still nearby? We of course would be happy to replace or refund your meal. We have very high standards and it sounds like we didn't live up to those with your meal today. Have a safe trip home and I hope we can quickly make this right for you. - Barrett Black
Jon Gudnason
3 months ago
We visited all three of the oldest BBQ places in Lockhart. We tried a little of a lot of things throughout the day. Our group of four unanimously agreed that the best meat of the day was the big beef rib from Blacks. We got there a bit before noon on a Saturday and waited a while, maybe 15 minutes in line. We drove by later in the afternoon, maybe 5:00 and there was no line. Mid afternoon looks like a good time to go if you want to get in quick.
Adrienne Mendoza
a month ago
Visited Black's for the 2nd time over the 2015 Mother's Day weekend. Took my mom, dad and husband's parents on the trip, as well. The barbecue at Black's is simply outstanding. It has become the benchmark against which all other barbecue experiences are measured. We're all now a bit obsessed. We ate at Black's Saturday AND Sunday that weekend. Now we work Lockhart into our travel itinerary, whenever we drive out that way. Moist brisket and giant beef rib...YUM! Skip breakfast and wait for lunch at Black's!
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Response from the owner - a month ago
Wow, we are honored Adrienne. Thank you so much for the high praise. It's folks like you that keep us going and let us keep the tradition my great grandfather started alive and well. Thank you and we hope to see you back at Black's sometime again soon. - Barrett Black
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Chad Lear
2 months ago
Ok, my rating of three stars is really being nice. I've never been to Lockhart before now im actually in my car after eating there 5/24/15. Today was s beautiful day in hill country, I'm from dallas (plano), I'm in town to visit my fiancé who is in prison here in this XgreatX town. (Let's hope I don't get rolled for throwing my cig out the window it's that bad (copwise)(there everywhere these days). Well this town has alot of bbq and tourism. The line was pretty swift the staff was nice, the sides were mediocre (may have been canned), the meat was almost all fat, I was going to ask for a refund but the place was so busy I couldn't find anyone without being rude. I wish I would have tried the sausage it looked really good but I was hoping all would have been good. Ticket cost was for one person, with a shiner, 3 heavy fat ribs two slices of heavy fat brisket and potato salad and beans $23 and some change. Honestly I think dickies bbq is better. Sorry blacks but maybe you should come over to my house and I'll cook some bbq that would remind yall what Texans eat. God Bless Texas
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Julian Pope
3 months ago
BELIEVE THE HYPE. This is the Holy Grail of Texas BBQ. We rolled in here one night for dinner while we were in the area, just before they closed, and this is the REAL DEAL. It is the best unkept secret in the BBQ world that "burnt ends" are basically the filet mignon of BBQ. All I needed was 1 bite and I was complete sold. Quite possibly the best brisket in Texas, sausage made in house is delicious, good ribs and great potato salad. If you're still thinking about whether or not to make the drive DON'T THINK, JUST GO, as I can assure if you are a BBQ aficionado like I am, you will not be disappointed. Pro Tip: Definitely a roll of the dice but if you go just before closing they will give you the rest of whatever they have at no additional charge. The downside to this is that they may run out of what you want beforehand.
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Conrad Cool
a month ago
Single meat combo is your best deal if they let you substitute a single side order for the chips. One giant beef rib weighed .8 lb. and the bone had to be half the weight. So I paid over $6 just for the bone and I don't have any dogs.


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