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Lockhart Smokehouse

The closest some Dallasites will get to a Central Texas barbecue experience could well be ordering meat by the pound at Lockhart Smokehouse. The similarity to Kreuz Market, in Lockhart, isn’t an accident. Co-owner Jill Bergus is part of the Schmidt family, who run Kreuz Market, and she and her partner (and husband), Jeff, wanted to strive for that Central Texas vibe.

Customers place their orders in the back in full view of the cutting board. Meats (including Kreuz-made sausages shipped from Lockhart) are piled onto butcher paper along with bread or saltines. The fatty brisket (and the occasional burnt end) is the surefire order. The thick black crust is a robust mix of smoke and the joint’s caramelized rub. The beef pulls apart easily and retains its moisture well. The lean brisket slices tend to dry out, so opt for the shoulder clod if it’s a leaner slice you’re craving. Pork spare ribs have steadily improved since the joint opened and are now some of the most consistent menu items. The seasoning mix is complex and a bit sweet, which works well with the smoky pork. The aforementioned Kreuz sausage (85 percent beef, 15 percent pork) is always nicely smoked (we prefer the jalapeño variety, which provides a pleasant heat that doesn’t overpower), and it’s hard to go wrong with a thick pork chop or a hefty beef rib, offered Wednesdays only. But do save room: as much thought is put into the sides as the meat. A creamy and rich mac and cheese, two kinds of coleslaw, and brisket-and-blue-cheese hominy are all great options if you didn’t already order more brisket than you can eat.

City: Dallas


Method: Post oak; indirect-heat pit

Pitmaster: Tim McLaughlin and Will Fleischman

Pro-tip: Check the cooler case for smoked-brisket deviled eggs.

Price: $$

Rating: ★★★★

Address: 400 W. Davis, Dallas, TX, 75208

Hours: Open 7 days 11-9 or till meat runs out

Phone: 214-944-5521

Website: lockhartsmokehouse.com

Year Opened: 2011

Last updated: May 3, 2013


  • That brisket looks very “Dallas.” Nice to hear there were signs of potential, though. Thanks for your continued public service.

  • DenM

    You must have left before I got there… they’re going to need a bit more practice. My clod was a bit tough and the brisket was complete fail. Fat was a solid jello, not even a bit rendered. It was just disappointing because as we stood in line, one of the guys brought over some clod to sample, and it was amazing. The sample piece had a nice flavorful crust, the fat was silky smooth, the anticipation was making my mouth water, to only disappoint.

  • Forrest M.

    Man what kind of bum spills a drink on you? 😉 Sorry again for that; I couldn’t control my brisket.I saw brisket anywhere from tough (ours) to medium/medium rare and bloody, to a few pieces that looked well rendered but were still a bit red.When I went back to order some to go clod, I also saw a brisket being cut with gooey, completely unrendered fat.The clod we got home with wasn’t as good as what we received while dining, but they threw in the end and it was even better than our first order. As of now I would go back for their clod and the Kreuz sausage but am hopeful they can improve the brisket consistency and find out what caused the unusual flavor in the ribs.A few other parting thoughts:- Pricing is insane ($15/lb, $5+ for a sausage ring?)- All enployees were prompt and enthusiastic.- They did a good job with the space and the brick color has a faux smoke look to it that reminds me of the Lockhart joints.– Is it possible that trying to smoke with surrounding temps hovering around 10 degrees caused significant problems with the heat control? That’s the only reason I can see for the brisket consistency being so varied.

  • I suspect the ridiculous temperatures didn’t jive with their months of practice with their new pit. Kudos to all who braved the Dallas ice rink for day one. I’m going to wait til next week. I think the $3.80 mark-up on their sausage ring is just to remind you that you are in Dallas!

  • Went by today for opening day to see what the scene/buzz was like and to sample the hopeful greatness that this place will be turning out.Got 1/2 lb brisket and a ring of original kreutz sausage. The meat was exactly what I expected, smoky, rich, well seasoned, small amount of rendered fat, moist, tender and some damn good texas style BBQ! Have to say the sausage was a little overcooked and could have been taken out of the smoker a bit sooner.Have to love they have stayed true to the “Lockhart-Kreutz” style where there are no forks and no sauce. Meat done this way doesnt need any sauce and a little dash of texas pete’s is a great addition. Staff was friendly and happy to help or assist. Made all that I saw feel welcome. I could tell some folks were a bit thrown off with the no forks deal. Oh well they will learn.The look of the place is inviting and non-pretentious. Looks like a great spot to kick back with friends, have some great BBQ and drink a beer or three.Well done Lockhart guys, sure glad that the real deal is here! Look forward to my next visit and will be sure to sample more of the goods.

  • Anonymous

    $15.00/lb for brisket and even more ridiculous $5.00 per sausage ring? HaHaHa. Jokes on you, DALLAS. Glad I reside in good ol’ Lockhart where Kreuz Market is the THIRD best BBQ joint in town.ROCKFISH

  • Those are mouthwatering food for the stomach. It may fill you up once you finish eating but it will never stay that long inside you. Unlike food for the soul, it will nourish your mind and spirit and it can stay throughout your lifetime.

  • Look, I realize that everyone has to make money, but marking up the sausage so, so high really bothers me. And $15 for a pound of brisket is inexcusable. Brisket should be no more than $12/lb anywhere — if this place aspires to be among the elite, then they need to re-examine their prices. Kreuz, Smitty’s, City Market, even the mediocre and overpriced Coooper’s Fort Worth would not dream of charging this much for brisket. I am going to try them out, but honestly, when I get a craving for brisket in Dallas, it’ll either be Pecan Lodge or Mischak’s. Once the adrenaline we are feeling as BBQ diehards of having a new BBQ joint wears off, they seriously, seriously need to revist their price structure. If me and 3 buddies wind up spending $5 each more than we should, then we might as well drive 2:45 to Taylor and get the real deal at a good price.

  • Anonymous

    I think the sausage price is high too, but what do you expect when it’s being FedExed from Lockhart? FedEx ain’t cheap. $5 is probably about right if they are going to make the usual profit margin on that. Now the brisket, on the other hand? There’s really no excuse for the price on that.

  • I understand all the knee-jerk reaction to a restaurant on their first day of operation, given all the anticipation of their opening. Not to mention they opened during the aftermath of a massive ice storm. Some of this criticism is over the top to say the least.First of all, if you want to compare the price per square foot between small-town America and a prime piece on real estate in the Bishop Arts District, my guess is it’s at least 3:1. You have to pay the rent.Anyone who has smoked meat knows it’s done by feel and experience. It could take a year to get really comfortable with a pit. Figuring out how to juggle all those meats takes time. How about giving them more than one day to get it right?If you want cheap, go to Dickey’s and get the $1.99 pulled pork special. Not to mention, if you think a trip to Lockhart or Louie Mueller’s in cheap, you haven’t been there. You get what you pay for.Lockhart Smokehouse is trying to finally bring a great BBQ joint to Dallas, something we haven’t had for many years. Relax and let them find their groove. I ate there today and it was really good. I’ll be back to support central Texas BBQ finally making it to north Texas……

  • Anonymous

    Day 2 observations – The Good – Nice to see real butcher paper has replaced the liner paper. Brisket very good. Could eat it all day. Sausage too (It’s Kreuz, so no surprise there). The Not-So-Good – I think the pricing will be a serious issue. Like casual dining restaurants have found out, in these times, a $12-$15 per person price point (without alcohol) is a tough place to be. At $15/lb for brisket, we should get a 25% credit for the fat we trimmed off. Also disappointing to see such an inexperienced meat cutter at a place like this. And crackers in twin-packs? It’s early and they’ll get better. I’ll definitely be back. But at these prices, just not as often as I would have hoped.

  • Chris:Cooper’s FW isn’t exactly in cheap real estate, and their brisket is $12. Rudy’s Arlington is the same price. And yes, I have been to Snow’s, Louie Mueller, City Market etc. My point is, you are going to have to provide not just good but great BBQ to justify BBQ fans to skip Meshack’s, Pecan Lodge, Off the Bone etc. and pay 25% more for brisket and 40% more for sausage. Their real estate costs aren’t my problem – if you signed a pricey lease and cannot provide food at a competitive price, then it is your problem, not mine. BBQ is meant to be the food of the people, but their prices mean that only the well-heeled will feel they can afford going there on a regular basis. I want this place to work — the good BBQ joints in DFW are too few and too far between. I will give them a chance, but I’m telling as sure as there is 5 inches of snow outside right now, they are going to swing and miss at the price point they’re at right now.

  • Haven’t made it there yet, but thought I would jump in on the issue of higher rent being the big contributor to high BBQ prices. Even if rents WERE 3x as much in the Bishop District, it would not justify the difference in menu pricing. Restaurant rents typically run 6% of gross volume. By my calculation, a 3x rent wshould only result in a 12% higher pricing (at most). Part of the difference may be that meat prices are up substantially in the past year. Prices may fluctuate downward in the future, but the owners are having to price their menu on costs today. Still, I wouldn’t want to open up a new place with the highest BBQ prices in town (and sausage prices that seem to be widely viewed as wildly excessive). If FedEx is the culprit, they need to find a better way to get their sausage to Dallas. I’d hate for a place with this pedigree get the reputation as a “rip-off”, largely due to sausage (and to a lesser degree brisket) pricing. It is also time for them to put the prices back on their Website menu. If they are going to stick to their pricing, they should at least be up front about it. That said, I’m with the majority here…..give them time to sort out the quirks and bumps in the road. In a month, we’ll know what they are made of.

  • Forrest

    Just finished a follow up trip on Saturday at 11:30 AM. The brisket was night and day from what I suffered through on Tuesday. The brisket was silky smooth and nearly perfect fat rendering with a very nice “smoky sweet” flavor. Asked for 1/4 lb and was handed .44 lbs. They didn’t mind puttin back a slice on the counter to get me to .27 lbs. Hopefully they can correct the heavy handed cutter as I had the same problem on Tuesday (1/2 lb ended up at .84 lbs). That’s my biggest pet peeve (ahem…Cooper’s) when selling by the pound.Anyways…my rating on the FCG scale went from 1* to 3* on the brisket quality this morning. If they can maintain that quality then I can call it an easy 4* brisket.

  • Went there for lunch today around 13:00. Ordered a pound each of the brisket and chops and 2 of the Jalapeño sausages. Was happy to see they stocked Coca Méxicana. I had a bit of sticker shock after seeing the $51 price tag, however.As others have mentioned, the brisket was top notch: well seasoned, smoky, juicy and the fat was well rendered. It was almost a religious experience for me. The Jalapeño sausage had a nice snap and wasn’t very greasy but had no heat whatsoever. The pork chop was almost 2-3″ thick but was kinda dry and flavour-less, but that is to be expected I guess.Definitely plan on going back. Wish they had cabrito or cordero on the menu.

  • Anonymous

    Hankerin’ for ‘que during the snow, but no desire to fire up my pit. I was resigned to some nearby chain-restaurant abomination of ‘que just to get my fix while staying off the roads as much as possible. Checked out the site and …BEHOLD!–Lockhart’s in Big D?!?! 10 miles later, and we’re there.I really, really, REALLY wanted to like this place. It had been years since I had been to the original Lockhart joint and I was only a BBQ neophyte then. What I learned today never, EVER use post oak. As strident and nasty as mesquite or pecan to me. To each his own, but the lingering smell on my fingers wasn’t thin blue smoke; it was cigarette butt (and I don’t smoke). Couldn’t wait to get home and wash it off. Just plain wrong. I’m guessing this is what they use at the original place as well, but I was just in too much awe back then to actually be critical. I’ve learned a lot in the meantime, and this just isn’t what I’ve come to appreciate in good ‘que–stickburner or not. If that’s what you like, knock yourself out–but for my money (and WAY TOO MUCH OF IT, I might add…!) it was a totally one-dimensional, over-bearing and just plain wrong flavor lacking all complexity. My guess is that they’re also from the “nothing more than salt and pepper” camp as well. I prefer more depth and spiciness–a bark in fact (none to speak of here), but that’s just me. I know all about the no plate/fork/sauce shtick, but the flavor suffered for it, and texture/tenderness couldn’t justify it. It made the whole “down-home, roots BBQ” thing seem ironically a bit pretentious (especially in Dallas!). :(Which lead me to feel that the entire experience was just way too over the top and riding on an aggrandized sense of larger-than-life tradition, justified or otherwise… The trimmer was way, WAY off on the plus side of his portions (which, combined with the insane price is enough to cry foul). Most of the meat was, well, just way to “fleshy”–almost flabby. I like my brisket to have at least some consistency, this was like eating oysters. Bleh. And then smoked to the point of bitterness and denied even a drop of sauce for redemption. Dang.Again: I really, REALLY wanted to like this place. But I won’t be back. Over-smoked, over-priced, and over-rated. Thank you for playing, please drive through…

  • Diane S

    We were excited and couldn’t wait to try Lockhart BBQ. The price was high, but we’re willing to pay for good food. We live in the neighborhood and eat in Bishop Arts with great frequency.Unfortunately, at 6:30 on a Saturday, Lockhart was out of food. No chicken, no brisket, no ribs (which aren’t on the menu, but the guy said “No ribs”, so we assume they were out), no potato salad, no slaw, no deviled eggs. They did still have beans. No plates (which is okay if the food is good, but…..), no FORKS, which necessitated trying to eat the last 1/2 chicken (I got the last one, my dining companion had to go without) hot, with my hands, no SAUCE. The hostess was complaining that people were complaining. The chicken was delicious. My companion’s sausage was good, but not house made. The beans were pretty bad, obviously canned.We’re torn as to whether we try this disaster again. Maybe we’ll give them a few months to get their act together. Maybe not. We didn’t like the attitude. We didn’t like the lack of food.

  • MRL

    Wow, too much smoke? There’s no such thing. Some of these comments are off the mark and some are spot on, such as the cutter overdoing your order. Everything I tried was good, especially the clod with a unique, well-rendered flavor in the fat combined with the crust. It did lighten my wallet more than expected, but I was more disappointed that they were out of several items I wanted to try, both meat and sides. Give them time, there seems to be a high demand. Worth noting that it’s only been open a few days, and already better than most of the ‘cue I’ve tried in Dallas. Can’t wait to try the sold-out items.

  • Anonymous

    Sat, 2-5-11 1:00PM order ½ lb. brisket receive ¾ lb. meat is tough but has a good smoky flavor would have been very good if allowed to cook 2 more hours(1 owner professional chief? 1 owner trained at the Mecca of BBQ Lockhart?)15 bucks a pound could have trimmed fat off and cooked till tender.Watched them slicing ribs while we waited in line ordered 2 ribs when it came our turn when he brought them over to be weight they were 2 giant ribs don’t know where he found them but they were nothing like we saw them cutting when we were waiting in line They had good flavor but tough I have never had anything that tough at the chain BBQ places (professional?) Ribs cost me $ 4.44 a piece???? Ordered the shoulder clod it came out red like prime rib not what I am used to or what they serve at Lockhart but it was very good tender and smoky really enjoyed it. Had 2 links of original sausage we loved them thought they were excellent just like Kreuz (which was were they came from) but at $5.00 a link? I think they are $2.35 at Lockhart Had 2 small bags of chips cost us $4.00 bucks could have cooked us some fries for that We spent $50.00 for 3 adults (2 Women) to eat (2 of us drank water) in a bad part of town when I spend this kind of money I expect way more than I got save your money go to an area where your family is safe and just eat at 1 of the chain restaurants and the next time your thru Lockhart stock up on sausage This place wont see us a 2nd time.

  • Anonymous

    I am not sure I quite understand all the aggression about them running out of food. Do you really think they want to run out of food? What benefit is that to them? For my fellow Dallasites – that don’t seem to get it – It’s smoked BBQ – it has to cook for a long, long time – and when it’s out, it’s out. This is how it works. Yes, I went there last night at 7 pm – they were out of stuff and I was was really bummed, especially since I had driven 30 minutes to get there. But, lesson learned, I will get there earlier next time.

  • Anonymous

    Some of these comments are hilarious. Too much smoke? Don’t smoke with oak, mesquite, or pecan? Ran out of food? Bad part of town? Went there today and had brisket & sausage. Sausage was fine. Brisket had good smoke, but did seem a little undercooked. Slightly chewy and fat wasn’t completely rendered. I hope they can get that straightened out. And for reference, I have been to the big 4 in Lockhart, so I know what I’m comparing it to.

  • Todd

    Hoping to make my my maiden voyage here this week. Just curious, if the knife guy is a bit heavy with the cuts, couldn’t you ask for x number of slices instead of a weight?

  • Forrest

    It seems there are a few things that some people are failing to grasp about this place.1) There isn’t a place called “Lockhart BBQ” in Lockhart, TX. So if you’ve been to “Lockhart BBQ” then you’ve been to an imaginary place.2) If you’ve been to Kreuz then you understand where the no plates, forks, sauce thing comes from. It’s similar at Smitty’s too (though they’ll sell you sauce from behind the counter that’s otherwise out of view).3) They’re going to run out of smoked meats. Every quality bbq place in Texas does and the heavy majority of them post their hours as “opening time until we’re out.” They can’t just whip up more bbq in 20 minutes for you like a normal restaurant. Have fun in your “safe part of town” eating your roast beef brisket at Dickey’s or Spring Creek in a safe part of town. Oh…and stay away from Pecan Lodge too because you’ll probably be scared of the Farmer’s Market. Save the burnt ends for those of us that will appreciate them! 😉

  • Anonymous

    1. I haven’t been there.2. If you show up at real BBQ joint at 6:30, then expect them to be out of stuff. You better hit a real bbq joint between 11:00-2:00.3. I like the option of sauce. The theory is that you don’t need sauce because the quality and flavor of the meat should stand on it’s own. If it doesn’t (and from what I have read so far it hasn’t) then you better have some sauce.4. Like a few posters have mentioned already; don’t run to a bbq joint, or any restaurant for that matter the first day, week, or month that it’s open and expect everything to run efficiently. It’s not going to. They are going to need some time.5. Their price is too high. I think $12 for brisket is probably about right. I was at North Main in Euless this weekend and was shocked to see theirs was $8. That sounds too low. They need to work on pricing. Word of mouth is the worst and best advertising.

  • Todd

    I finally was able to get to this place for lunch. I ordered 1 jalapeno sausage, 2 ribs, and 3 slices of brisket. I’m guessing the man at the pit must have read comments about the slicer’s heavy hand because he told me he was glad I ordered in numeric instead of weighted increments. The sausage had nice flavor but was not very spicy. The ribs had little smoke flavor and too much unrendered fat. Prob could have spent more time in the smoker. The brisket had nice bark and small smoke ring but looked dry. Looks were deceiving. It tasted great, perfectly seasoned, moist, and tender. Can’t wait to go back and try the clod.

  • Anonymous

    I went Sat (2/5) afternoon. The clod was good but the brisket was awful. Ribs and beans were good.I will give them another chance but it’s going to take some convincing to get my wife to go back. My wife and son and I spent $62.These folks seem like they are trying hard and I think they will improve their brisket but it has a long way to go to be worth $15/lb.Once last gripe…no fresh brewed tea? Only chains from up north try to pull this fraud…c’mon!I’ll be back for a 2nd try next month. Like the other poster said…I really, really want to like this place.

  • I finally went earlier this week — got what I call a “Holy Trinity Sampler” – two pork ribs, 1/4 lb brisket, 1 sausage ring. I’d give the brisket and sausage 4 stars, but the ribs were disappointing and maybe 3 star.It was good, I was pleasantly surprised, but like I said a couple of weeks ago, the prices are a problem. 1 sausage ring, two pork ribs (1/3 pound), 1/4 pound brisket should not cost $17.50. I’m not sure what their goal is, but if it is to be a routine lunchtime destination, these prices will severely inhibit that. On a positive note, the guys behind the counter were very nice. And I noticed that they were being very, very careful to a) make sure that you got the weight you asked for and b) trim excess fat off the brisket. Cooper’s Fort Worth, please take note!

  • Anonymous

    No Sauce really, I judge a BBQ joint by the sauce just like a tex-mex restaurant by their salsa. I thought the meat was good but not good enough to not have a sauce. Good luck Lockhart, you will never see me there again.

  • Anonymous

    It seems like no one has realized that the beef market has taken about a 40% increase over the last 3 months. Brisket prices are at an all time high. On a product that gets only a 50% yield, you must double the price to figure out its real cost ex: $2.50/lb= $5 cost. These guys’ pricing is a reflection of the market they entered. They may just be a little bit ahead of their competition in pricing the brisket appropriately.

  • Anonymous

    “…a little bit ahead of their competition in pricing the brisket appropriately”? It’s over-priced. Plain and simple. How else do you explain the prices being removed from their website after only one day?

  • Anonymous

    awful. an embarrassment to Kruez. Only decent item is sausage which they ship in. Bad and it takes them 5 minutes to cut one order.

  • ericthegardener

    I’m beginning to think that some of the bad reviews have some sort of grudge. I’ve been three times now, each time was pretty great and it’s gotten better each time. I find it hard to believe that readers of this blog in particular are complaining about the lack of sauce.More than I’d like to pay for BBQ? Sure. Overpriced based on the quality of food and the prices at most surrounding restaurants? No way.

  • Tom

    Ok…Just got back from Lockhart Smokehouse.I bought 1 pound each of ribs, briskit and clod. Two of us ate every bit of it, and could have gone for more. DAMN! That’s good BBQ! They earned their four stars. Can’t wait to go back for more.

  • Gipson

    Had my best meal of 2011 so far a couple weeks back at Lockhart Smokehouse. The brisket and sausages were perfection. The clod was deeply smoky and flavorful, but surrendered a bit on succulence. I can’t wait to get back.

  • Very frustrated with this place. Keep hearing good things, but I tried the clod for the third time yesterday and there was absolutely no smoke in the meat. This lack of smoke has been evident each of the three times I’ve gone. I’m pullin for them to succeed, but I’ve seen no evidence personally!

  • Hey WC and others,If you come in and aren’t satisfied by something please let us know right then and there. We want to succeed too, and the best way to do that is to know what we can improve on. And the BBQ Snob following, most of the time, knows what they are talking about…

  • Bruce

    I finally made it down there this weekend. I gotta say, the brisket lived up to the hype. Great flavor and great texture. I requested fatty cuts and they carved it up just right. I wouldnt mind them slicing a little off the price, though.I did not like the sausage at all. I tried the regular and the jalapeno. Honestly, the texture and the flavor reminded me of doggie snacks. I guess I need to stick with pork sausage that explodes when you bite into it. Not that dry, pasty beef stuff.

  • ¡Gracias y’all! I’d begun to wonder if I would ever taste Dallas barbecue after the Aggies closed their place on Hillcrest. For those of you who don’t know/understand barbecue (and there’s a bunch of you in Dallas), you don’t have an excuse anymore. Get down to Oak Cliff and take a lesson in Brisket 101. These folks aren’t five star … yet. But then four stars is four more than Dallas spends it money on for anything beyond cosmetics.

  • I wanted this to be a great experience. With the expectation set by BBQ Snob’s review and some of the positive reviews above, I went with a friend to try out what I thought would be the ultimate Dallas BBQ mecca. First, just let me say that the guys at the counter were very kind. They gave us samples of sausage and when they weighed the brisket, they gave us half again as much as they charged us for. But everything was downhill after that. My friend was an older person and did not relish the idea of eating the meat with his fingers, sorry, no plates, no forks, no sauce, no kiddin’. I tried to minimize the issue by insisting that this would be some of the best brisket and sausage ever. Well, not quite. The brisket was laden with unrendered fat and the luke-warm sausage was oily on the outside and pasty on the inside. Hopefully the side dishes, potato salad and beans would offer some redeeming quality. Nope, pretty unremarkable. And how bout those smoked brisket deviled eggs? Dry and tasteless. In the end I had no defense for a high priced disaster that couldn’t even be remedied by slathering on some BBQ sauce. Mr. Bergus, quality control is not the job of the customer, and unrendered fat need not ever be served to anyone, it is wholly visible to those doing the carving. As to the other issues, someone should be checking product regularly to be certain that it lives up to the standard that you wish to establish. At these prices, your demographic is almost entirely the small group of BBQ aficionados that frequent this blog and they will only tolerate so much mediocrity. You best get a handle on it in a hurry.

  • runDMC

    Fatty brisket today could have been a bit more tender but the fat ring was evident and it melted in your mouth.The rib however was righteous. Perfect. They really will make it right if you just have the balls to ask if there is something you don’t like. Getting better and better, amen.

  • “One Full Custom rib, please!” right. I think you’ve gotten a little “Full” of yourself. sr

  • Smokin’ Ronnie – I didn’t order it that way, the cutter just recognized me. I’m more interested in your opinions of the place.

  • Anonymous

    Tried the burnt ends yesterday 5/5/2011 good smokiness and the crust was tasty. Not bad. Downside – expensive and burnt ends a little too fatty.

  • Anonymous

    Visited today for lunch (June 24, 2011) and ordered clod, brisket, ribs and original sausage. The clod was tender but needed more smoke flavor and moisture and it was definitely leaning toward the “roast beef” problem. The brisket had more smoke but was drier than the clod – they cut it off the flat as I did not specify. Ribs had a good smoke flavor and the tips were especially enjoyable, if chewy. I agree with others that the ribs are, overall, slightly too tough right now. The sausage was excellent and comparable to Kreuz and Smitty’s I had about a week ago in Lockhart. Super nice guys at the counter who want to get this right and I plan to keep going back.

  • Anonymous

    Tried this place on the recommendation of a co-worker the other day. It was good, but I have to disagree that it quite measures up to the Kreuz Market. I only had the brisket, and while the flavor was good, it was a tad on the tough side. And the BBQ beans were not good at all; they looked amazing with a healthy helping of brisket, but all you could really taste was the salt. I’m keeping it on my list of lunch options, but it won’t be my first.

  • Anonymous

    I tried Smokehouse because they are affiliated with Kreuz in Lockhart. The sausage was good but the prices were out ragious! I could have gotten double for what I paid for in Lockhart. I won’t go back again. I will just order online from Lockhart. When I found out about this place I was so excited until they rung up my bill.

  • This is not a 4 star BBQ joint my friends! The rating of a 4 star here is an insult to other real 4 star BBQ joints!With the Central Texas support, the best location, building, resources, FF&E and genuine hospitality of Jeff & Jill, and Will, it really kills me that this place doesn’t turn out good BBQ. Most importantly the same comments come from extremely talented pit masters and BBQ eaters that know their stuff.I am putting it on the line as the one to pass along the opinions of these folks I know. I am voicing this to only offer some “real” genuine feedback.Lockhart Smokehouse has a dynamite location, building, atmosphere and top notch FFE. The Bewley pit is capable of delivering some damned good BBQ.Based on the 8-10 +/- times eating here, only once the brisket was a five star (juicy, tender, smoke layer, decent crust, rendered fat), all other times it was a 1 star. Every time the brisket clearly lacked 4-5 more hours on the pit & was not done, which means it is tough, rubbery and not edible. The times I have had the brisket when it was done and tender it had absolutely no smoke. Sometimes it had an outstanding flavor from the rub but no smoke.Routinely one or two of the meats, namely brisket and ribs are not done and are obviously tough. The chicken sometimes looks shriveled up & dry. The clod is not tender or done, but bloody. I’ve tried the whole hog twice, once the skin & head was so charred black, way over cooked it looked like it came out of orbit in outer space. The 2nd time the skin was dark brown, was juicy and tender, but had no flavor at all. The Bewly pit is not a hog cooker!Without mentioning names, many of the pit crew have been seen by not only myself but other great pit masters, cutting brisket “with the grain” which is entirely wrong.It seems to me Lockhart Smokehouse should start cooking only brisket and no other meats until they learn the process of developing stellar brisket on their pit. Then, add pork ribs and learn to perfect those before adding in any other meats. I know this sounds harsh and critical but somebody needs to standup and let Lockhart know the truth. A 4 star rating is not.Marshall Cooper


    I really follow this FCGB sites authors suggestions, but just went to the Lockhart Smokehouse in Dallas, and can’t really see why any 4 stars would be granted. Don’t know if too much preferential treatment exists when Daniel is visiting, but my brisket, rib and sausage experience did not seem to meet any of the criteria I constantly read from Daniel. My brisket had no smoke ring, and mostly tasted like roast beef, and since I had asked for the moist cuts, had large chunks of white fat, instead of well rendered strings of fat between juicy, smoky lean. The ribs also were mostly tasteless, again with much fat. Then, my expected pleasing jalapeno/cheese sausage was served very dry and tough, like it was just some leftover they were trying to unload.I wanted to have a place I would happily return to, but can’t see making trips to something this disappointing.

  • I hate to say it, but CLBIRV is correct – a re-review of Lockhart Smokehouse is probably warranted. My late lunch visit on November 4 netted brisket that was completely devoid of smoke, nothing at all like the Lockhart Smokehouse of last year. They’re out of my rotation until things improve.

  • Tis’ sad, but undeniable, the end is nigh. Sounds as though things have gotten worse instead of better since my April 2011 visit. In the restaurant business, once things are tanking, unless you get an infusion of capital, experience and energy, you are probably sunk. It really is a shame and as a former restauranteur of 22 yrs, it pains me to see “the signs”, but hopefully a lesson will be learned here for proprietors of this operation and others that have such lofty dreams.