The Austin Chronicle's First Plates Award

This suburban smokehouse is operated by the third generation of rural Central Texas barbecue royalty, the venerable Schmidt family of Lockhart. Chad Franks and Susie Schmidt-Franks uphold the Texas meat market barbecue joint tradition in fine style, developing their own following.

The Austin Chronicle's First Plates Award

Opening day expectations were high for this collaboration by two branches of a Lockhart barbecue royal family, but suburban barbecue lovers didn't quite grasp the country meat market model of "when the meat is gone, we're sold out until tomorrow." After some initial glitches and the addition of another pit, the kinks have largely been worked out, and Schmidt Family Barbecue is on its way to being the equal to its Lockhart brethren. – Wes Marshall

KEYE Road Trippin' Barbecue

We're Road Trippin' in Bee Cave at Schmidt Family Barbecue. If the name sounds familiar, there's a reason why. For more than 75 years, this family has been cooking delicious barbecue in Lockhart Texas.

Austin's 10 Hottest New Restaurants

Does barbecue ever go out of style? The Lockhart barbecue royalty family feud has been resolved at this Bee Cave restaurant.

BBQ Texas: Schmidt Family Barbecue

A Lockhart pedigree means a couple of things. It means brisket with an old man’s gift for salt-and-pepper bark and respect for the fat both within and without. It means meat by the pound; no combo plates. It means sausage in gnarled little rings. It means sun-blushed pork ribs in black velvet smoking jackets.

The Tradition Continues With Schmidt Family Barbecue

The sleek and gleaming Schmidt Family Barbecue is perched on the northwest corner of FM 2244 (Bee Caves Rd.) and Highway 71 West, at the edge of the Hill Country Galleria shopping center.

8 Under-the-Radar Barbecue Joints

The only reason this place is under the radar is that it’s brand new. From the Lockhart families behind Smitty’s and Kreuz, Schmidt is already cooking up a storm of both smoked meat and accolades. We advise going now before word gets out further.

At Schmidt Family Barbecue, from the famous Lockhart clan, brisket and burnt ends that rock

Over the weekend, I attended the U.S. Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas in Austin — a fabulous event, to be sure, and I was thrilled to be there. But secretly, I was even more thrilled with my dinner on Saturday night — at brand-new Schmidt Family Barbecue.

Smoke In the Heir.
Schmidt Family BBQ brings third generation to Bee Cave

This fall, more than 75 years of barbecue tradition will come to Bee Cave with the opening of Schmidt Family Barbecue.

Family Reunion: A Story About Coming Together
Via Post Oak and Patience

Story by Mike Dundas
Photography by Meredith Page

In the spring of 1999, The House of Representatives of the 76th Texas Legislature declared the small town of Lockhart to be the Barbecue Capital of Texas. At the same time the elected officials over in Austin were celebrating the town's "appreciation for the extraordinary alchemy of post oak and patience," a family feud was rising out of the smoke filled pits that supplied Lockhart's best barbecue.

Lockhart barbecue family buries the hatchet
with new restaurant near Austin

BBQ Throwdown presented by Schmidt Family Barbecue

Schmidt Family Barbecue
12532 FM 2244
Bee Cave, TX 78738
p: 512-263-4060

Mon-Sun 11am-7:30 pm
or until sold out


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