Black’s Barbecue, the oldest family-owned barbecue restaurant in Texas, was my second stop during my trip to Lockhart, TX.
I have had a good relationship with the Black family (doing a few contests) and wonderfully and unexpectedly they provided the meal pictured in the photos that follow at no charge. As such, I can’t give a review that isn’t tinged with that appreciation. Know that all of my thoughts are straight forward.
When you enter Black’s you are immediately presented with a serve yourself sides bar. This was not common with most BBQ joints that I went to, but seemed to work well with the overall set up where you get your sides on a tray then head to the meat cutters.
I had to give homage to Man Up Texas BBQ for this shot of me holding the beef rib for a BBQ porn shot (a quick side note that in any of the Texas photos of me holding a beef rib to the camera I have to say they inspired me to do this).
The sides didn’t impress me much (they weren’t bad in the least bit, just not memorable), however to be quite honest, I really didn’t come there for them. They were beans, mac and cheese, potato salad, cole slaw, and black eyed peas.
So what did I think? I loved the beef rib. It was the 2nd best I had during my stay in Texas. It was rich, tender, and unctuous. The brisket was pretty stellar too. It was incredibly moist and pulled apart easily (it didn’t crumble as sometimes happens when brisket is overcooked). It was definitely not overly smokey which is a concern I often had. Strangely (to me being a red meat lover), the turkey was a meat item that rose to the top. Really moist and intensely flavorful. The sausage in my opinion was mediocre. It was good, but just didn’t wow me at all.
I’d recommend Black’s without question and from talking to others that had recently been, it’s considered the most consistent on a day to day basis of the Lockhart BBQ joints.
Have you been? What are your thoughts?