US 183, a route from Austin to the coast, goes right through the barbecue-rich town of Lockhart, which was declared the “Barbecue Capital of Texas” by the Texas Legislature in 1999. Kreuz Market, a classic Texas barbecue joint with giant brick pits, and Smitty’s, a storied meat market and restaurant on the town square, both sell excellent link sausage.

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