It’s 4th of July. Everyone in America is celebrating their nation’s hard-earned gift of independence. How it’s being celebrated varies depending on family traditions and personal preferences but the common favorites are Fireworks at the town center, out-of-town weekend gateways and barbecue feast among family and friends .
My family decided to go out-of-town and celebrate at the Hill Country for 4 reasons. First, to taste the famous, authentic Texan Barbecue in Lockhart. Second, to experience the exciting water tubing at the San Marcos River. Third, to discover the Aquarena Springs, the first amusement park in Texas built-in the 1920’s. Fourth, to visit the shoppers ultimate dreamland, the Tangier and Premium Outlets in San Marcos.All of these combined has a similar euphoric effect that Fireworks can create.
Summer Adventure number 4 : A Visit To The Barbecue Capital In Texas
Welcome to the small but unique, hospitable town of Lockhart in Central Texas. In the 1920’s it was a boom town with the discovery of oil fields. Today, about 250,000 people a year eat BBQ at Lockhart. The four famous restaurants are Blacks Barbecue, Kreuz Barbecue, Chisholm Trail Barbecue and Smitty’s Market. Our family decided to savor the mouth-watering BBQ goodness at Kreuz which is correctly pronounced by the locals as “Krites.” When you’re hungry and travelled for 3 hours, the way you say the name doesn’t really matter anymore.
The restaurant has a cowboy country influence written all over it. Historical memorabilia pieces adorned the walls. Some of the traditional cooking equipment are still being used up to this day. It was fascinating to learn a bit of history while lining up for our food. The smell of good old barbecue fills the air and my hunger intensified.
The pit barbecue cooking using mesquite wood gives a very distinctive flavor like no other. There’s 4 of these in the restaurant. We bought the BBQ by the pound at the area where it’s being cooked. It was very warm. Almost like what it feels like when you’re inside the car without an air conditioning. It made me appreciate the hard work of the staff and the conditions they have to endure each day to bring about the best tasting BBQ .
It was time to eat. We had a delicious array of brisket, beef ribs, smoked ham and spicy sausages served on a brownish-red butcher paper. I asked my brother-in-law, ” where is the sauce?” He told me that there is none. He said, ” good barbecue does not need sauce.” I asked him, “who said that?” He replied, ” the owner!” It turned out he and the owner were right. The BBQ was delicious.
Everyone had a satisfying BBQ experience. The trip was worth it all. We had some strawberry ice cream before heading to the next Summer adventure in San Marcos.
How did you celebrate your 4th of July? What’s the most important thing you like about this holiday? Sharing our stories is one way to keep this special day alive and well-remembered. Happy Independence Day to all!
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