We begin our journey in the town of Lockhart
at the Kreuz Market
. Charles Kreuz opened it for business in 1900 as both a grocery store and meat market. Keith Smitt is the current owner of Kreuz. Keith’s grandfather worked for Charles from 1935 to 1948. When Charles’ sons were ready to sell he bought them out.
From Brisket, to shoulder, to sausage, Keith’s family has been serving it ever since. Now Kreuz Market is considered a central Texas landmark and one of the stops along the Texas barbeque trail. The market can be found about 75 miles northeast of San Antonio.
Byrd Lockhart who founded the town was a surveyor and built roads in the area. Today the area still remains some of it’s German roots. Especially with it’s sausage, sauerkraut and warm German potato salad.
Not surprisingly Keith says his busiest day is Saturday. Another surprise about Keith, he has a Bachelor degree from UT in biology, chemistry, and a Masters in Marine Science. His favorite food may be Italian, but his business is barbeque.