This is the last stop on our magical BBQ Tour of Lockhart Texas. Billed as the BBQ Capital of Texas, this tour hasn't disappointed. Tonight was no exception. Lockhart Smokehouse is located right on Colorado Street on the south end of town. Not to be outdone by their local neighbors, Chisholm Trail serves up a tasty meal. The restaurant packs in a daily crowd made up mostly of locals and it too, has made the Texas Monthly list of Texas' best barbecue restaurants.
Chisholm Trail Bar-BQ has a cafeteria style serving line and offers a large selection of salads and side dishes to go along with the sausage, brisket, ribs, turkey, chicken and fajitas. They also have excellent fried catfish on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. One side of the serving line consists of 'dine in' clientele and the other side consists of take out or group orders. Needless to say both sides were full. It was, after all, Friday night. Since we've had our fill of coleslaw, potato salad, and baked beans Barb went with the Carrot Raisin Salad and Fried Taters where as I went with the Cucumber Salad, Cheesy Pea Salad, and Fried Taters. This place has the largest, most diversified salad and side bar in town. Once you reach the head of the line you once again place your order at the butcher block. Barb went with Pork Spare Ribs and a Beef Rib and I once again ordered my usual: Brisket and Pork Sausage. The total for our meal with ice tea: a remarkably reasonable $19.83.
Once again this is a 'No Sauce' BBQ, but forks, knives, spoons, and paper plates were provided. Although the beef rib was not as big as Black's it was just as tasty. The spareribs were good and Barb loved her Carrot Raisin Salad. The pork sausage rivaled anyone else's in town and the brisket......well, it was just the best darned brisket I've had in Lockhart. Moist and tender with a decent flavor of smoke, I only wish it had a dark crunchy crust. The signs on the walls don't lie: Texas Monthly Awards for Best Chicken Fried Steak, Best BBQ, and Best Brisket (twice). The service was very good with friendly, smiling folks who made sure you got plenty to eat.
Although this isn't billed as famously as one of the other 'big boys BBQs' in town, Chisholm Trail BBQ deserves the same credit. It was delicious food at a very reasonable price. Texas Monthly rated this place 4.5 on a scale of 1 to 5. I would most certainly have to agree. I learned something during this stop: my brisket doesn't hold a candle to anything I've had here!
Tomorrow we move further south in search of our own pork on the hoof so to speak. WiFi courtesy of our Verizon MiFi Hotspot.