My kids are up visiting family and the wife and I were sitting at the house. We are coming up on 10 years married so she suggested we take a little get away and go on a trip. Then she suggested we hit up some of the historic Texas BBQ joints in the Hill Country and like always I knew I married the right woman. We live in Spring, TX and that is a suburb of Houston and while Houston has a very thriving BBQ scene I have never done the Central Texas German meat markets that are famous. We hopped in the car and went on a drive and before too long we came upon our first destination. First Stop Lockhart Texas the self proclaimed BBQ capital of Texas. This small town of a few thousand has 4 major BBQ restaurants three of them have been on the Texas Monthly to 50 in Texas list. Black's BBQ The Brisket here was the best part of the meal. The beef rib had good flavor but was a little tough in my opinion. The sausage was course ground and had a great snap to the casing it was full of fat like I like but the recipe was simple and in my opinion needed just a little more flavor. As you can see from the photo it ate pretty durn good. Next in Lockhart we went to Smitty's This place was like walking into a smoke museum. The smell was awesome as well as the atmosphere. I felt like I walked back in time 50 years if not more. We only had sausage and beans because we had just had a full meal but the were both real good. The walls were literally seasoned like the inside of a BBQ Pit. From there we went into Austin TX to enjoy the evening and watch the bats leave for the night. (Look Up Bats Austin) The next morning we woke up and went to the one place that had been on my mind the whole weekend. This is the one place I have always wanted to go. City Market in Luling TX. It is off the main drag in this one horse town. The food was great but what really stood out here was the pork ribs there were plain and simple salt and pepper just like the brisket but there were done to perfection. We liked it.... We spent one more night heading to San Antonio to eat some great Mexican food and the 3.5 pound Cinnamon Roll. Then the next morning we headed home but not before stopping in Elgin to try some Sausage at... and at On the way home we saw the coolest thing on the highway...well not cool but it smelled great.