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There's a quote from Daniel Vaughn (aka The BBQ Snob, a.k.a. The Guy Who Writes That Full Custom Gospel BBQ Blog a.k.a. That Dude Who's Eaten At More Than 400 Barbecue Joints In Texas And Some Other States That Apparently Exist And Claim To Smoke Meats, a.k.a. The Danster) in chalk on the wall at Lockhart Smokehouse in Oak Cliff saying that he thinks it's "the best barbecue in Dallas."
That's high praise from The Vaughninator. But there's a difference between being called "the best barbecue ever" and "the best barbecue in Dallas." Being called the best barbecue in Dallas is like being called the smartest stripper at La Bare. Sure, you win, but did you really have to be that awesome to beat your competition? (Whoever's reading this to the men of La Bare, please tell them the answer to this quiz is "no.")
Is Lockhart Smokehouse in Oak Cliff just barely the best barbecue in Dallas like Kim "Tardy For The Party" Zolciak is just barely the most ridiculous Real Housewife? Or is the meatfest at Lockhart Smokehouse head and pork shoulders above its Dallas competition?
I showed up at high noon and ordered some brisket ($7.50 per half pound) and some of their legendary Kreuz Market sausage ($5 each). Yeah, it's a lot of meat. Jealous? I skipped breakfast. Kind of.
Guy chopping brisket: "Lean or fatty on that brisket?" Me: "Fatty." Guy chopping brisket: "Good girl." To the eight dudes wearing ties in front of me who all answered "lean" to that poor guy's question, I ask, "Why the horse balls did you even come here?"
When I unwrapped my meal, Lisa Frank unicorns, teddy bears and rainbows shot out and a choir of Chuck Norris angels sang to me. The brisket and sausage looked glorious. I couldn't even look at these meats directly without feeling inadequate. This brisket is easily the best brisket in Dallas. And the sausage was the best I've ever had. (Yeah, I hear it and I don't care.)
If you're craving barbecue and don't have time to make a trip to Lockhart or to Franklin Barbecue in Austin, Lockhart Smokehouse in Oak Cliff is where it's at.
The BBQ is average at best and the layout of the restaurant is odd - we've been once and have no plans to go back which is sad we live 10 blocks away.
it took while for the smoker to season and for the pitmaster to learn the temps. it's great verging on perfect now
Yes, I have had Pecan Lodge brisket and Lockhart brisket is easily the better of the two. The bad reviews of Lockharts that I have read or heard seem to come from folks that just don't know any better. Who cares about sauce and forks!
Sauce and forks?! You want sauce and forks, go to Kansas City. Gimme the red butcher paper and saltines and I'm good. If it's half as good as Smitty's or Kreutz Market in Lockhart, then it blows anything in DFW away.