Caldwell County, Texas is famous across the globe for its barbecue and with good reason.

If Black’s was the only joint thereabouts, the county could still hold its head high on the world stage.

But then you take into account R&G over in McMahan and Smitty’s right there in Lockhart and all of a sudden you’ve got some serious bragging rights. The debate over who is the best will rage til the sands cease to run through the hourglass. Hell, even the knock kneed little sister, Kreuz, still has a supporter or two.

Then there are the old timers who swear that Chisholm Trail is the hidden gem of the county.

Let’s not even head down to the southern edge of Caldwell where the legendary City Market in Luling sits.

We keep hoping to run across an old tar paper shack out some country lane that only a handful of people know about but we’re starting to wonder if it’s out there or just a fantasy for our afternoon wool gathering sessions.

And we hear the occasional old timer speak of Magnolia Meat Market but it’s been shuttered for so long it’s just a distant memory to all but the most seasoned barbecue hounds.

It all makes good fodder for the times spent not eating barbecue at Black’s in downtown Lockhart.

By our estimation the finest of Caldwell County.

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215 N Main St

Lockhart, Texas


(512) 398-2712

Monday: 10 AM – 8 PM

Tuesday: 10 AM – 8 PM

Wednesday: 10 AM – 8 PM

Thursday: 10 AM – 8 PM

Friday: 10 AM – 8:30 PM

Saturday: 10 AM – 8:30 PM

Sunday: 10 AM – 8 PM

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