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Feb 10, 2012 12:33 PM

Brief Lockhart Smokehouse report

I have eaten countless times in Lockhart and Luling, and other venues renowned for their barbeque, so I'm pretty sure I know my brisket. I wanted my fellow 'hounds to know I just finished a pound and a half of the best fatty brisket I have ever eaten in Dallas an hour ago at Lockhart Smokehouse, and I cannot remember ever eating brisket anywhere as good. This is not hyperbole. I had to let you know; go get some.

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  1. Yep, Lockhart Smokehouse seems to be proving to be a BBQ force to be reckoned with in Dallas, lately.

    I just finished about 1/2 pound of fatty brisket from Pecan Lodge in Shed 2 at Farmers Market and it was wonderful. Smoky, moist, and very tender with a great crust. No sauce needed!

    It was only until after I finished eating that I noticed the sign saying they had Wagyu brisket today. Damn!

    1. I know sides are supposed to be crackers and cheese, if anything, but the hominy with blue cheese and bacon is great at Lockhart. I hope they start doing beef ribs. Hard for me to find -- I end up making them myself on the BIg Green Egg with ribs from Rudolph's on Elm in Dallas.

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      1. re: Jon G

        Although I'm a big fan of Lockhart Smokehouse's (fatty) brisket,
        Their beef ribs leave a lot to be desired. A few weeks ago they had a beef rib "special". The huge beef ribs were not only tough, chewy, and tasteless from not being smoked long enough, the tiny child's plastic knife they provided broke upon trying to cut the rib. Fortunately, my friend had a small hunting knife in his car for us to use. But, it was a terrible food experience.

        1. re: twinwillow

          I had Lockhart's beef ribs two days after Christmas and my beef rib was amazing. Wednesday is beef rib day at Lockhart's. I promised if you would have told the owner or Will the pit master (big red beard) they would have made it right.

          I've been there about four times in the last year and haven't had a bad experience yet, not to mention they are overly friendly. I will say that I get there right at 11:00 to avoid the lunch rush so they take time to talk and help you figure out exactly what you want. I've not been ther at a busy time of day so I don't know what that is like.

          Can't go wrong with the jalapeno sausage or brisket either.

          1. re: twinwillow

            This reviewer (twinwillow) seems to have actually been to Lockhart. Perhaps I was there on an off day but I can't begin to comprehend the good to glowing reviews I've read compared to the tasteless reality that was my Sunday afternoon at Lockhart last week.

            I had almost precisely the experience twinwillow had. The brisket was just passable (a 5 on a 10 scale) and the ribs were tough, no clear aroma and tasteless. They recommend "no sauce" -- which is possible with good BBQ. This wasn't good anything, and without sauce was plainly unappealing. They so "no forks needed use your hands" -- again, a "quaint", "down home" suggestion but some meat needs utensils and the white plastic forks bent. $5 for a lonestar in a jar and jalapeno sausage that I, personally, found inedible. Sorry to Lockhart but I upon leaving I felt disappointing and regretted spending the cash as it was a slightly more expensive place than most BBQ restaurants.

            1. re: Salinger1

              Don't disagree that ribs are one of the weaker items there - pretty much don't recommend the ones at Lockhart. I was just in this weekend and had prime rib and a "better than the fair" turkey leg (and indeed it was). Odd to hear that about the brisket though. Usually they'll show you how moist the cut is as it's being sliced, and ask if you're happy with it.

              1. re: air

                I had to be in the neighborhood late last week and stopped in for lunch. I ordered a 1/3 pound of "fatty" brisket. It was good and very moist. The bark was very thick and smokey. Almost, too much so.

                They still have a long way to go to beat Pecan Lodge but at least I satisfied my BBQ fix.

                Btw, I was there about 1:00pm on Thursday and the place was virtually empty!

                1. re: twinwillow

                  Yes, Pecan Lodge is unbeatable... especially that $15 bone in rib special. Lockhart didn't get my money more than once.

          2. re: Jon G

            how does the egg work for beef ribs?

            1. re: J.R.

              Fantastic. 225* average with plate for around 5 hours (depending - I start checking after 3 hours). Meat falls from the bone and the connective tissue breaks down in what we call meat butter. I've moved to all wood (with a dump of good quality charcoal that I heat up in a chimney to light the wood). Mix changes, but I've been pretty heavy with mesquite latest.

          3. how does it compare to Pecan Lodge? Like everyone else, i've always complained about the lack of good BBQ in Dallas but the brisket at Pecan Lodge is pretty unbeatable for me (everything else there is another story).

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            1. re: demigodh

              I concur with your opinion of their brisket. I find their sausage interesting but, too dry. And I think their BBQ sauce is terrible.

              1. re: twinwillow

                Went for a second visit this weekend. i really enjoyed the brisket. It was moist/tender. The ribs on the other hand were awful very tough and dry. We had the champagne brined turkey. It was also tender and moist but lacked any flavor. Deviled eggs were good. The macaroni and cheese was dry and rubbery like it had been sitting around a long time.

                1. re: foodie06

                  I was tempted to have the deviled eggs last week (my comments above) due to their popularity here. But, I wasn't that hungry so my "fatty" brisket sufficed. But I will try the deviled eggs next time even though my visits to LS are few and far between.
                  However, I'm totally uninterested in their other sides.

                2. re: twinwillow

                  Further to the comments I made of my visit to Lockhart Smokehouse last Thursday, they pulled a short rack (3 bones) of thick beef ribs with a heavy bark on them out of the smoker to show me. They looked pretty good but, I passed.

              2. I'd have to concur, based on my sole visit. Ordered a 1/4 lb from the wet end (had just had lunch with an old highschool buddy at Herrera's so I was already stuffed). I had to do the deviled eggs too, and they did not disappoint. Black's in Lockhart is still my fave brisket, with Louie Mueller not far behind. Have not been to Pecan Lodge, and doesn't look like I will have the opportunity my next trip home. But I have a Thursday afternoon to myself with a car, so Lockhart it is...

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                1. re: GroovinGourmet

                  I went for lunch last Wednesday and was really disappointed in the point-end brisket. Very little smoke flavor, and not at all tender. It's the first time I've been since March so I'm hoping this was just a glitch.