Fri. May 17th, 2024

Smitty’s Market, The Best Barbecue in Texas

Smitty’s Market

208 S Commerce St.

Lockhart, Texas 78644


Named one of the Top Barbecue Restuarants in Texas by Texas Monthly Magazine.

Voted Best Sausage, Best BBQ, Best Meat Market, Best Ribs, and Best Brisket in Caldwell County for 2015 by the Lockhart Post Register.

Smitty purchased Kreuz Market in downtown Lockhart in 1948. Thirty years later, in 1978, he added additional dining space by acquiring the 1906 dry goods store next door.

In 1999, Nina Schmidt Sells, his daughter, established Smitty’s Market in the building that housed her father’s Kreuz Market for more than 50 years, while her brother, Rick, moved Kreuz Market to a nice new location down the road.

In 2015, Nina purchased another twenty-eight hundred square feet in the 1920s building next door to Smitty’s Market for additional dining and banquet accommodations.

Although Smitty’s Market has expanded a bit, his market and his pit are still in the same location where barbecue has been sold in Lockhart since 1924.


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