Part 4 of 5
This is the 4th installment of my 5 part "Texas BBQ Road Trip 2010". Texas Monthly Magazine listed the top 50 BBQ Joints in Texas and I had the honor/dishonor of attending 5 of the 50 establishments during Memorial Weekend.
I have been making bi-annual trips to Texas every year for the last ten years of my life. Very rarely do I have a negative experience (except when I'm in East Texas of course). Sure, you might have the occasional Asshole-Cop, Drunk-Cowboy, or the random Yankees fan to ruin your day in Texas. However, nothing has ever ruined my day more than the day I ate at Kreuz BBQ.
I have since nicknamed Kreuz (Pronounced "Krites") BBQ to "Crisis" BBQ. Ladies and gentlemen, when Texas Monthly issues their June 2008 magazine to name the top 50 BBQ Joints in Texas and throws Kreuz as top 5...we have a problem. I don't believe they deserves top 50! I will yet again go out on a limb and say I have eaten better BBQ in Louisiana and I will almost believe any New Yorker that says they have had better BBQ in NY than what they have had at Kreuz.
I don't know where to begin with this blog entry. Holding back the tears I will attempt to relive such a horrific account. First, I stood in line for over an hour which doesn't bother me if the food is good. When we finally get to the smokers in the back, I see that they have a similar style to City Market in Luling except double the size. You walk to a butcher like chopping block surrounded by smokers and they pull out the meat in front of you and cut what you want...(in my case brisket, sausage, and ribs). You then wait in line to pay for your food and order your drinks (I suggest you buy a 6 pack of water bottles for yourself).
Before you sit down you see signs everywhere that say "NO BBQ SAUCE, NO FORKS, etc..". Now I am one that will support that slogan anytime, but don't serve your customers dry meat and pride yourself on not using sauce. Their brisket was worse than my first attempt at a brisket. It tasted like they had the fat side down, temperature at 350 degrees, and brined it for 2 weeks in salt water. Everything else was over salted. It all makes sense now when you see the long line at the Blue Bell Ice Creme Stand in the middle of the tables. The Blue Bell and Texas factor can't save this sinking ship for a good score.
You can read my step-dads review for his similar experience here.
Kreuz Market BBQ will be receiving an 1 out of 5 stars.