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November 11, 2010

This was the morning where instead of discovering another great barbecue joint in Texas, Smokemaster1 and I were taking my friend Rob to the heart of barbecue country to find out what all the fuss was about. A stop at Chisholm Trail for excellent sausage and brisket but no ribs was followed by a less-than-stellar trip to Smitty’s. I was thinking to myself that Rob may now be questioning the Lockhart fuss altogether. That is…

May 16, 2009

Some joints are known for how well they do one meat or another, but Black’s does them all well. Brisket, ribs, sausage, and turkey were piled on top of our small plate, and they were all picture perfect. The brisket had a dark crust and deep-red smoke line. The meat was flavorful and smoky, but it could have used a little more time on the smoker to tenderize a bit. The ribs had a perfect…


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Stuffed baked potato and two deviled eggs great as usual @ Fred’s Bar-B-Q, 2015-10-03 23:06:51
Favorite BBQ joint in Lubbock!
Gary Kearns @ The Shack Bar-B-Q, 2015-10-03 16:14:23
Dropped by an old favorite. They added bacon Mac n cheese and it's a game changer. Turkey and jalapeño cheddar sausage links were spot on as usual. Brisket was massive disappointment today; very dry and inconsistent. Hardly any bark and being over cooked over powered everything else. I'll chalk this up as an off day for pit master.
Rahul Yaratha @ Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que, 2015-10-02 17:13:49
so glad they moved closer to my house. I don't do BBQ chicken but their chicken is ridiculously good. the brisket is always perfect, the pork is just slightly less so. sides are amazing and the owners are too. The tacos are always worth it. I think I need to eat here for dinner too.
thehighepopt @ Valentina?s Tex Mex BBQ, 2015-10-01 18:42:22
the drive out was awesome and the town is plenty quaint. Both Tootsie and her pitmaster stopped by to check on us. we got the Trinity. brisket was near perfect except the part that had been resting on the steampan was hard and stringy and inedible. otherwise smoky, fatty, with a delicious rub. the ribs were to die for good and the sausage was just fine as well.
thehighepopt @ Snow?s BBQ, 2015-10-01 18:36:17
Had the XL plate with brisket and sausage. Brisket has good flavor but not a lot of smoke. Sausage was ok at best. Sides were good beans were better than potato salad. . Sauce has a good flavor with a little heat.
Roman @ Tony DeMaria’s Bar-B-Q, 2015-10-01 17:26:14
Great BBQ, don't bother stopping at bodacious. Chop beef is always good! Can't decide between sausage or boudin? Get both! If you come at lunch and there's a line... Wait!
Jonathan Mayo @ Bob’s Bar-B-Que, 2015-10-01 17:24:03
the place smells great when you walk in and the staff are friendly. I got brisket, clod, pork rib and Cole slaw. the slaw was very heavy on the mayo but had good flavor and crunch. the brisket was the last piece left on the cutting table. it was after 6:00 as well. that said the brisket was dry dry dry with light smoke flavor and a blandish rub. the clod, however, was pulled out of the warmer and was by far better. moist, with great smokiness and an amazing rub, I would definitely go for the clod in the evenings. the ribs are short ribs with an inch of meat above the bone. they too were a little dry but had good flavor and nothing but a dry rub on them. loved the sauce as it complemented the meat perfectly and pickled onions are awesome.
thehighepopt @ Lockhart Smokehouse, 2015-10-01 14:07:40
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May 16, 2013

Black’s has little in common with the more publicized Kreuz or Smitty’s other than that they are all in the same town. Instead of a mesmerizing encounter with a picturesque fire blazing at the end of an ancient brick pit like you’ll find at Smitty’s, at Black’s you’re funneled through a narrow corridor past an anticlimactic salad bar. But when you finally reach the meat counter, you’ll find the most important difference between Black’s and its Lockhart brethren—good brisket. Kent Black’s methodology (developed by his parents, Edgar and Norma Jean) is definitely odd: briskets are cooked for eight hours in a Southern Pride rotisserie using only wood, no gas. This leaves them partially smoked. They’re then stored for a couple days in a cooler, then smoked for four hours in the old brick pits. This may be the weirdest smoking routine in Texas, but it’s hard to argue with the results. A thick black crust covers the tender beef, and there’s plenty of well-cooked fat with a deep and powerful smokiness that just isn’t found elsewhere in town.

The rest of the menu isn’t bad either. Enormous beef short ribs have as much as a nine-inch bone and weigh a pound and a half. They can also be a little uneven: On some visits we’ve had a rich, moist hunk of beef that comes apart effortlessly. On others, we’ve enjoyed the same spectacular flavor but with more chew than we’d like. Black’s signature sausage (90 percent beef, 10 percent pork) is rustic, which is to say, you can taste that it’s handmade but you also can taste, occasionally, a mouthful of link that’s a little too liberally lubricated by the pool of hot grease formed by a large pocket of unincorporated fat. The flavor, however, is phenomenal, and there’s little to complain about when it comes to the other cuts. The exemplary smoked turkey breast is dusted with just enough black pepper to give it some bite. On our last visit, pork chops were a new, and welcome, addition to the menu; ours was salty, smoky, and moist, with a nice ring of well-rendered fat hugging the exterior. For pork ribs you have a choice of baby backs and spares, but we prefer the latter, with their rough and ruddy surface speckled with black pepper.FC_BlacksMeat



    Ken Wheaton says:

    So wait… he puts them in a COOLER for two DAYS? We talking a
    refrigerator? Or just a cooler? Is he cooking it all the way to 185-205
    in the eight hours? Then reheating? I’m not arguing with the results.
    The results are delicious. I’m wondering how/if I can do this at home.
    Would just like more details so I don’t end up with a hunk of rubber —
    or poison people.

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