Monday, June 23, 2014

Day Tripper | The Barbecue Capital of Texas, Lockhart

To celebrate the first day of summer, my boyfriend and I decided to grab some of Texas' best barbecue in Lockhart. About 35 minutes south of Austin lies miles of country roads, and this is where you will find the best barbecue in Texas. Lockhart is a pretty small town, with many old buildings, adding to the attraction of this neat little town. The courthouse is said to be the most photographed building in Texas, and you can see why. The architecture is simply beautiful.

Being Saturday, we were expecting to see long lines in each of the 4 barbecue joints, but we decided to venture to the oldest, and many considered to be the best barbecue at Black's Barbecue. The building is a small looking house in the center of downtown Lockhart, so the line was outside of the door, and in the heat. We weren't up for a long wait in the humid air, so we drove over to  Kruez's. This line was at least inside, but it was a terribly long wait, so again, we drove to the next spot, Smitty's Market. And yet again, the line was out the door in the heat so we went to the last hope for us, Chisholm Trail. This barbecue was given the title of the "cheapest" and "worst of the four" barbecue places by many. But being dizzy from the heat and hunger, we settled.

The line wasn't too bad thankfully. We finally sat down after close to 10 minutes, and we had our first bite. As a girl from Austin where I consider Rudy's chain to be the best barbecue, I was pleasantly surprised. The brisket was so tender, greasy, and succulent, it was delicious! This place that's considered the worst of the four was the best barbecue I have ever tasted in my life, so that's saying something. I even consider it to be better than the Salt Lick's barbecue in Driftwood, Texas. The other three must be even better, and I can't wait to get to taste them.

After our delicious feast, we walked around the town, snapping photos and thrifting in the local antique shops. I scored two beautiful vintage concho belts, one of which is a thunderbird belt which I have been on the lookout for! We then headed to the state park where we walked the trails, both tired and hot. We went unprepared, without water bottles or proper attire, so it wasn't the best. We ventured into the woods, coming across a lovely stream. But it was deceitful as we discovered this was a spot for water moccasins to rest. (we saw four!) So we kept on walking down the trail until we were barraged by big black flying bugs and spiders, so we mad a run for the exit. I've never left a park so fast in my life, haha.

Even though we had a slightly bad experience with the park, it was still beautiful. I think if we went on a less hot day, and were better prepared, we would've had a nicer time. It felt like the forest was working against us that day though!

Even though Lockhart is a tiny town with basically nothing to do, we made the very best of it and had a great time. I can't wait to go back again to try more barbecue!

EmmaJoy Arrow Cuff

Water and Jewel Mexican Blanket

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