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Kreuz Market

619 N. Colorado, Lockhart, TX - (512) 398-2361
Posted By Paul Birinyi on 4/9/2011 2:06:00 PM
The worst BBQ experience ever! And a very arrogant and flippant staff. My dad and I visited Kreuz BBQ in Lockhart, TX in 4/2011. The place was difficult to find/see from the road despite the overbearing, oversize, and quite touristy new building. The first thing I noticed was the lack of people dining. We ordered our food at 7:40pm after the cashier assured us that they still were serving and that we could stay as long as we would like even after the closing time of 8pm. It was obvious that the butchers desperately wanted us to leave so they could clock out.

When we asked for brisket from the fat side we were served a large chunk of charred fat trimming with no meat marbled in between. Of course this was refused. We ended up ordering a few pounds of beef ribs and brisket. We then proceeded to the next room where the sides are ordered. The staff there was angry they had to reopen the registers at 7:45pm and would not advise us on what to order from the menu.

We did just drive six hours to try this place and wanted to get it right. The only thing they would serve us was a bucket of coleslaw. We finally sat down at 7:55pm to eat our BBQ. When the only other diners left at 8:10pm, we were told in a very rude tone to be gone in five minutes. Three minutes later as we were trying to bag up our $50 of half-eaten BBQ, the lights were turned off, and we were told to GET OUT NOW. The only remaining employee refused to turn the lights back on and called the police. After stumbling through the BBQ house in the dark trying to wipe our hands and grab our meat, the police met with us in the parking lot. This not the typical BBQ experience.

We called the owner the following day, and he told us that we should not need more than 15 minutes to eat. Good BBQ takes time to eat. The owner defended his staff and told us never to come back and that he did not care what we thought. He said he has enough other customers. He then hung up on us.

In the end, I have had better BBQ in Lockhart, in Texas, and around the country. The brisket was flavorful and tender but had a thick, charred, dry crust. The dry rub used on the ribs was simple and very salty. I am a traditionalist and enjoy the lack of sauce, but when it comes to food like this that could use a little assistance, sauce is a must. As for the coleslaw, we ate a few bites but could not get past its aroma and the taste. Of course, there was no one to talk to about the slaw. In fact, the owner would not hear anything of it the following day.

My Dad and I have traveled all over Texas and the country in pursuit of great BBQ. This place is not recommended. I have never had an experience in any BBQ place as bad as this one.

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There isn't a cut of meat on earth more succulent than Kreuz's smoke-laced prime rib.  The flavor is dizzying, and it fairly oozes natural juices onto the butcher paper on which it is served.
"There isn't a cut of meat on earth more succulent than Kreuz's smoke-laced prime rib. The flavor is dizzying, and it fairly oozes natural juices onto the butcher paper on which it is served."
Michael Stern





The brisket is perfect.  The excellent sweet and smoky ham is still ham, not barbecue.  Change of pace food only, in our opinion.
"The brisket is perfect. The excellent sweet and smoky ham is still ham, not barbecue. Change of pace food only, in our opinion."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


Here’s the favorite meal of one Kreuz patron–smoked prime rib, a smoked chop and house made and smoked link sausages, served with the standard Kreuz accompaniments of crackers, pickles, onions and hot sauce.
"Here’s the favorite meal of one Kreuz patron–smoked prime rib, a smoked chop and house made and smoked link sausages, served with the standard Kreuz accompaniments of crackers, pickles, onions and hot sauce."
Jim Deaton


Pit-cooked ham, a weekend special at Kreuz, isn't as oozingly juicy as beef, but if you like ham, it's a version you mustn't miss.
"Pit-cooked ham, a weekend special at Kreuz, isn't as oozingly juicy as beef, but if you like ham, it's a version you mustn't miss."
Michael Stern


As is customary in so many great Texas barbecues, seating is at long tables, in this case outfitted with hot sauce (optional) and rolls of paper towels (essential).
"As is customary in so many great Texas barbecues, seating is at long tables, in this case outfitted with hot sauce (optional) and rolls of paper towels (essential)."
Michael Stern


Kreuz is a modern place with an old-fashioned menu.  Order your meat by the pound and side it with saltine crackers:  a simple and perfect barbecue meal.
"Kreuz is a modern place with an old-fashioned menu. Order your meat by the pound and side it with saltine crackers: a simple and perfect barbecue meal."
Michael Stern


The pit at the back of Kreuz is where you place your order, watch it weighed out and assembled on butcher paper, and pay by the pound.
"The pit at the back of Kreuz is where you place your order, watch it weighed out and assembled on butcher paper, and pay by the pound."
Michael Stern


Utensils are minimal and really not necessary in a serious Lone Star barbecue.  So much of the joy of this food is eating it with your hands.
"Utensils are minimal and really not necessary in a serious Lone Star barbecue. So much of the joy of this food is eating it with your hands."
Michael Stern


All reasonable rules, in our opinion.
"All reasonable rules, in our opinion."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


Here's what you see on the way out of Kreuz's front door.
"Here's what you see on the way out of Kreuz's front door."
Michael Stern


Kreuz began as a small butcher shop but is now a grand temple of barbecue with plenty of parking.
"Kreuz began as a small butcher shop but is now a grand temple of barbecue with plenty of parking."
Michael Stern



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