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Black's Barbecue, located in Lockhart, Texas (the Barbecue Capital of Texas), is Texas' oldest and best major barbecue restaurant continuously owned by the same family. Find out why the Travel Channel featured us on their Barbecue Paradise show and what's kept generations of Texans coming back for more.
8 Days a week reads the sign outside Black's Barbecue in Lockhart. Norma and Edgar Black, co-owners of the oldest family-owned barbecue restaurant in Texas, say people are always asking where that eighth day comes from. "If you're here as much as we are, you find a few extra days in that time," Norma says with a laugh. "It's easier to remember when we're closed - Thanksgiving and Christmas - than when we're open."
Black's looks like you'd expect a barbecue restaurant to look. Framed photographs of local high school football teams and hunting trophies cover the walls. A photograph of former Texas Governor Ann Richards, back when she was still state treasurer, fills a spot on the wall, too.
This restaurant has been in the family since 1932. Norma remembers a time when women did not go inside most barbecue restaurants. At Black's, women went to a side window to order. Things have changed a lot since then, but the recipe for brisket is still the same. "It's simple," Edgar says. "You just need salt, pepper, the right wood and a few family secrets that I can't tell you."
Edgar Black, Jr. and Norma Jean are without a doubt the Texas King and Queen of Texas Barbecue. Edgar, Jr. was the first barbecue proprietor in the United States to exclusively use the brisket cut of beef. The others soon copied Black's. No family in Texas has continuously owned and operated a major barbecue business longer than the Black's. Other barbecue joints in Texas have been bought and sold to other owners but the Black's own Black's Barbecue and will always own it.
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