About Us

 Jill Bergus and Grandma Schmidt
Jill Growbowsky Bergus and Grandma Schmidt
 
 Jeff Bergus and Tim McLaughlin of Lockhart Smokehouse
Jeff Bergus and Tim McLaughlin

Jill Grobowsky Bergus grew up steeped in the legacy of great BBQ. Her grandfather, Edgar "Papa" Schmidt ran the legendary Kreuz Market from the time he purchased it from the Kreuz family in 1948 until he passed it onto his sons in the 1980's. Jill's newlywed years in New York introduced her to the joys of cooking, as well as, eating at some of the nation's finest restaurants. The family lore of BBQ became a frequent topic among ex-Texans in New York. She and her husband, Jeff, plotted ways to get home to Texas.

Fast-forward several years, and they are fulfilling one of their wildest dreams. Deciding the DFW Area needed a good Central Texas style BBQ place, kismet and Jack Daniels brought them Pitmaster Tim McLaughlin. His amazing culinary skills and expertise have crafted the vision from the start. And with the help of Kreuz Market, Lockhart Smokehouse is bringing the amazing smells and flavors that people have loved in Lockhart for over 100 years to the Greater Dallas area.