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While we here at tacojournalism.com are obviously huge fans of the taco, we have been known to enjoy other types of food. With that in mind, here is the first installment of an ongoing series of posts where we'll share our thoughts and feelings about some non-taco establishments. Don't worry, our coverage will remain taco-centric, but we're hoping to add a little spice to the mix for your sake and ours.
Kreuz Market is a legendary barbecue destination in nearby Lockhart, Tx who bill themselves as a 'German-style barbecue restaurant'. They've been offering their delightful smoked meats since 1900, so they've figured out a little something about how to do it. Kruez offers a sauce free bbq experience, and to keep it extra real, there are no forks in the building.
I've been to Kreuz Market three times, and eaten a variety of their delicious smoked meats. Every single thing I tried was fantastic. The beef prime rib is incredibly tasty. It's moist and smoky with a very satisfying crust around the edges. I've also sampled both kinds of sausage links, the brisket, the beef shoulder, the pork chops and the pork ribs. All of these are among the best bbq I've ever eaten, and I've eaten my fair share.
photo of ribs from kreuzmarket.com
The true standout is the pork spare ribs. They are huge, and have a meat/bone ratio that seems impossible at nearly 3:1. The smoky, peppery taste is absolutely unlike any rib I've ever come across. The meat is so flavorful, that you'll wonder why you've spent so much time getting bbq sauce all over your hands, when it's obviously not necessary.
While I understand the meat purism that is a large part of the Texas bbq experience, I am simply not happy with a bbq meal that does not include beans. Kreuz delivers here in spades. Their beans have a fantastic flavor and a gorgeous consistency. Plenty of tomato, onion and jalapeno really spice up the thick, bacon infused broth.
There is no place in Austin proper that makes bbq as good as Kreuz Market. The first time you have a couple hours to spare and bbq on the brain, go ahead on out to Lockhart and see what 100 years of German smoke craft has yielded.
Kreuz Market - 5 stars - Cornbiter Deluxe
619 N. Colorado St.
Lockhart, TX 78644-2110