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Smitty's Market
Barbecue Restaurant$$
Today 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
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208 S Commerce St Lockhart, TX 78644
208 S Commerce StUSTXLockhart78644
(512) 398-9344smittysmarket.com
$$Barbecue RestaurantToday 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
Monday 7:00 am – 6:00 pmTuesday 7:00 am – 6:00 pmWednesday 7:00 am – 6:00 pmThursday 7:00 am – 6:00 pmFriday 7:00 am – 6:00 pmSaturday 7:00 am – 6:30 pmSunday 9:00 am – 6:30 pm
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Brisket, ribs & sausage served fresh out of the smoker in a no-frills space with communal tables.- Google
People talk about brisket, sausage, butcher paper, pork ribs and pork chop
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Brian Bergström
reviewed 2 weeks ago
On our visit to Austin this year we decided to do our own version of "Food Wars" and compared all 4 BBQ Restaurants in Lockhart as we saw on Food Network and Travel Channel shows. Blacks was the HANDS DOWN winner. Best Brisket, Best Sauce, Friendliest Staff. As far as sausage goes, our party was divided and Syd like Blacks the best. I actually liked Kreuz the best for sausage. Smitty's, hands down the worst of the places, although they did have the best spare ribs. When you approach Smitty's just off the town square it smells like you are walking up to a building that has burned down. You open the door and there is a long hallway blackened with soot that you traverse reach the smokers in the back and when you get there you are in the back of a fireplace. There are open fires on the ground of this smoke filled room where you get your meat. Then through doors to get your sides and pay. Beware, of the 4 locations this one is the only one that does not take credit/debit cards. If you are ever in Lockhart I suggest you also try all 4 and see whihch you prefer
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Christopher Buentello
reviewed 8 months ago
This place is the suck! Decided to take some friends to this joint because growing up in the region I remembered BBQ was legit. Wow...how times have changed. They still have the open fire pit at the entrance. ..which im sure is a health and safety hazard. So if you manage to not fall in the fire pit...you can order sub par bbq. The brisket was bland, and the bbq sauce was gross. Horrible...will not visit.
R Perez
reviewed 9 months ago
Had blacks then a week later had smittys to my disappointment. Shoulder is not brisket and should not be offered as a alternative lean brisket. After the big let down, we had to wash the taste of smittys out of our mouths with some blacks before we went back to San Antonio. Blacks is the better barbeque. If you should go to smittys, watch out. There is a fire less than a foot from the entrance. Stop, drop, and roll!
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David L
reviewed 4 months ago
On our Sunday trip back to Houston we drove the long way around through Lockhart to pick up some tasty BBQ. Black's had it's typical line out the door and Kreuz was closed so I figured I would try Smitty's for the first time. The fatty brisket was AWESOME, ribs good, and sausage had a good flavor but upon cutting into it the consistency was not solid but more crumbling apart. We will give it another try in the future.
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Jimmy Ho
reviewed 8 months ago
After the first stop at Kreuz Market, some of us were already full. That was not a good sign considering we had two more stops to go. The second BBQ joint of the day was Smitty's Market. It was our favorite spot in Lockhart. Their brisket was my favorite until some guy named Franklin took away that title. Apparently Smitty's reputation has taken a hit as of late. Their quality is inconsistent day to day. Texas Monthly had taken note of this and did not include them in the top 50 in the 2013 list. Smitty's was among the top five in the 2008 edition. Hot. This is how I would describe entering Smitty's doors. The pits are right by you when you are standing in line. The wood is burning within two feet from you so it is really hot and smoky in there. Visiting Smitty's in the winter seems like a better idea especially when it was over 100 degrees this day. Once again, my wife and I shared moist brisket, pork ribs and sausage. I have had the pork chop in the past, and it was excellent. You order in one room by the pits and get your sides and drinks in another. Kreuz is setup the same way. Smitty's only takes cash. I did not get any sides, but I did order a Budweiser. I cannot even remember the last time I ordered a Bud. Did you know Budweiser has almost 200 calories? Not for me anymore. When we sat down, I realized we did not have any forks. We brought forks for Kreuz, but not Smitty's. I swear they used to have forks here. They did have barbecue sauce though. I am fine with no forks because I eat things with my hands that I should not anyways. Of course I bit into the brisket first. The brisket was better than Kreuz's. It had a good smoke ring and flavor. It was cooked too long or too high today and was a little dry. The sausage was good today. It has the gritty fatty texture that I enjoy in a sausage. It was cooked a bit too long because the casing was wrinkly. The ribs were okay. It was too saucy for my liking. I did not really taste any smoke flavor. The Smitty's bar was set high from past experiences, but based on what I have read lately, I came back with a little reservation. At the end of my meal, my expectations were met this time. I feel like the quality of the meats have gone down. Their main pitmaster, John Fullilove, is working on opening the new family BBQ joint in Bee Caves. Is there a link between the two?
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Whitney Diehl
reviewed a year ago
This is one place that makes you glad to have the meat-sweats after you eat. The brisket is insane -- it melts in your mouth. Which would be weird, if it weren't so delicious. I also love that you can get a whole ripe avocado here that you can wrestle open with plasticware, and a pickle that literally explodes with pickle-ness when you cut into it. Worth the drive from Austin (especially now that you can go at super-human speeds on the toll road) and is a great way to get out of town for the day.
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