Kreuz Market Market, Lockhart, TX

Lockhart, TX is known for its BBQ. Since it’s not that far from Austin, I’ve been meaning to get over to it. When one of my readers, Ken, kept asking when I’d get to Lockhart, I knew I had to make a visit soon. I opened up my Texas Monthly BBQ Passport and found Kreuz Market. I got in the car and headed to Lockhart.

I pulled up and saw this massive building.

Just as the building looked huge on the outside, it was huge on the inside!

Now this place has the weirdest ordering system I’ve seen so far at a BBQ joint. You first go to one counter, order your meat, and then pay there. If you want sides, you have to go to another counter, order them there, and pay again for those sides. Normally, you can get everything and then go to a single counter and pay.

There is strictly a meat menu for the first counter. When you walk in, you can see the BBQ pits and them attending to the fires and meat.

I got my meat, paid for it there, and then headed to the separate sides counter.

After I got home, I mentioned to Victoria that I went to Kreuz Market. She said they opened a location in Bryan and there was backlash with the locals. She mentioned they didn’t have forks or BBQ sauce. I thought that as weird because I remember there being forks and BBQ sauce there.

I did some research and I found a little background on the company. It was opened in 1900 by Charles Kreuz Sr. It was originally a grocery store and Charles would BBQ the unsold meats. This would help preserve the meats and prevents them from going bad before they needed to.

The meats were cooked German style. The customers would eat the meat off the butcher paper “without forks, knives, or sauce.” It seems like Kreuz Market was stubborn about the whole no forks, knives, and sauce thing for a while.

Now things started to make sense. This company was still run by the stubborn old German that started the company. I know exactly this mindset since my grandpa was also a stubborn old German. Things started to make a lot more sense.

I could see the weird ordering system was probably part of the “old way” of doing things. Basically, this place was the opposite of a place like Culinary Dropout. Culinary Dropout is hipster and manufactures an experience based on what is trendy. Kreuz Market holds on old ways of doing things, even when they’re not in line of what the average consumer wants.

It appears they at least heard the backlash of Bryan and got some forks and sauce. I found both of them there. Maybe they were intended for some other function like the sides and I broke some rules by using them on my meat. I really don’t care to be honest. I was just happy they had forks and sauce.

I took my forks and sauce to the table and sat down to eat. The tables themselves reminded me of a good old school (in a good way) BBQ joint. There was plenty of space and plenty of paper towels. Paper towels are important because you do eat some of the food with your hands (but not all of it).

For meats I got brisket, regular sausage, and jalapeno sausage. For a side I got German potatoes. I washed it down with a Big Red.

The first thing I actually tried was the side. Going back to my stubborn old German grandpa, this was exactly like his German potatoes. I don’t think you could get closer to that. Kreuz Market did a good job with this.

The next thing I tried was the brisket. Now this is where the sauce came in. The brisket had good flavor, but was a little dry. After I put the sauce on, it was perfect. This sauce turned “meh” brisket into something really good. The BBQ sauce had a hint of sweet, but was not too sweet. It was more tangy than anything and had a great taste to it.

The sausage reminded me of a brat cooked over the fire. We used to do this all the time camping. The normal one tasted like a normal brat and the jalapeno brat had the kick to it.

Keeping with the tradition of eating a brat, I used one of my pieces of bread as a bun. I threw some BBQ sauce on it. It was really good and reminded me of all the brats I ate camping.

Before leaving, I did check for wifi. It does appear they have it, but there was no password around.

I was completely stuffed when I left.

I was also happy to get another sticker on my BBQ Passport.

Overall, Kreuz Market is really good. It reminded me of several things from my childhood. The German potatoes were right out of my grandpa’s frying pan. The sausages were right off the fire while camping. When food can invoke memories, that’s always a good thing.

I guess the whole stubborn German thing is part of Kreuz’s blood. It appears they either caved a bit with the forks and sauce thing or I broke some weird rules of theirs. Either way, I’m happy I did because this was a pretty awesome and unique place to visit.

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