Second Helpings: Austin Barbecue
7. Kreuz Market
619 N. Colorado, Lockhart, 512/398-2361
Mon-Fri, 9am-6pm; Sat, 9am-6:30pm
When longtime Lockhart barbecue master "Smitty" Schmidts died, sibling rivalry ensued because he left the family business to his son and the building that housed it to his daughter. When differences couldn't be resolved, brother Don Schmidt moved the original family meat market operation to a brand-new building while his sister opened her own market in the spruced-up old building, now called Smitty's. Barbecue fans all over Texas held their breath. The good news is that the meat at the relocated Kreuz's is as good as it ever was: The well-seasoned, un-sauced lean brisket, fat brisket, pork chops, sausage, and prime rib are still worth the trip. Be advised: This is truly a meat market. Meats come on butcher paper with bread or crackers, no sauce, no sides. You'll smack your lips, lick your fingers, and look around for more.