215 North Main Street
Lockhart, TX 78644
First was the brisket. We ordered from the fat side. The meat was smoky, tender, and juicy. As you can see from the picture, it had a nice smoke ring with a good black crust all the way around. The only drawback was that it was a little salty. Next were the pork ribs. You can tell immediately when ribs are going to be dry and tough. These were both. They had good flavor but were not worth the work of trying to tear the meat from the bones. We even tried adding some of the smoky-orange, cumin flavored BBQ sauce to cover up the dry, greasy taste. We all gave up after a couple of bites. The sausage wasn't our favorite either. It oozed grease when we tried to cut it and didn't have the snap or smoked flavor that we had found at City Market earlier that day. If I had to guess, I'd say this was some of yesterday's BBQ. Me and my brother were a little confused because the meat that we tried on our pit tour was some of the best we've had. The meat that was at our table for lunch wasn't even close to that quality. If I were to go back I'd definitely order the turkey, brisket, and beef ribs...no question. I know that some BBQ places just have bad days. It can be due to the weather, the wood, or just not cooking it correctly. Unfortunately, I think we caught Black's on a bad day. Not all was lost since we still had Smitty's and Kreuz nearby.
(Georgia Barbecue Hunt star ratings are excluded from our Texas stops. If Black's were in Georgia then they would've received three stars on this day due to the inconsistency in meats)