Who We Are

Lockhart’s BBQ was started out of a desire to bring the warmth of southern BBQ, as enjoyed by the owners Drew and Rick, to the Detroit metropolitan area. With vast experience in the “comfort food” restaurant niche via his successful brew pub restaurants, Drew began to organize short trips to BBQ destinations in the south, mostly due to our inability to locate any authentic southern style BBQ restaurants in the greater Detroit area. These trips occurred in Memphis, Kansas City, Austin, and other small town Texas locations. We discussed common themes in our favorite locations, going beyond the quality of the food and variety of menu. What we found was that there was something great about BBQ from all over the country. Pulled pork in Memphis, ribs in KC, brisket from Texas, etc. When we returned home and began cooking for ourselves and our friends, we would often get asked what style of BBQ we were preparing. Inevitably it became “Detroit Style” which to us was a bit of all the good stuff from all the great BBQ places.

Why “Lockhart’s” BBQ? The one town we would always try to make it to when we visited BBQ locations was Lockhart, TX. This small town of approximately 15,000 people has been designated the BBQ capital of Texas. They host 4 world-class BBQ restaurants and maintain a pride and love of BBQ rarely found in other areas. While we will always be Detroit Style BBQ, the tradition of great BBQ and just plain coolness is what we will try to bring to Lockhart’s BBQ in Royal Oak, MI.

How We BBQ

What is BBQ to us?

For most people it is simply firing up the grill until red hot, and cooking some meat on it. This is very good for an end of the day summertime meal, but we believe our style, similar to Texas style BBQ, goes beyond average BBQ. Our approach is to instill flavor and tenderness that will never be achieved using typical grilling methods. Smoking meat over a low wood-based fire using select and prepared cuts of beef and pork achieves far superior flavor and tenderness.

What is “Detroit Sytle” BBQ?

We believe that SE Michigan and the greater Detroit area is a melting pot for cooking styles. We like beef brisket done Texas style, ribs doneThe following items represent the differentiating factors to us. We believe our unique components help define, DETROIT BBQ :

Seasoning or “Rubbing”

After starting with superior quality beef, pork or chicken, seasoning or “rubbing” the meat prior to the BBQ is a key component to perfecting flavor. Through our experiences, we have discovered the key mixes to creating dry rub recipes for the different cuts of meat. Blending with the cut of meat, the pre-seasoning process and waiting period, accentuates the meat through the cooking process.

Temperature / Cooking Process

Once the meat is seasoned, the next key to accomplishing our flavor profiles is temperature and indirect heat. With traditional BBQ, the rule is low and slow. The low temperature allows the meat to cook to a well done state without losing its moisture or becoming tough. Patience pays off in the flavor profiles, because of the low temperatures involved. We have researched and located the best slow cook smoker manufacturer around. Temperature stabilization, internal flow, and slow burning functionality all bode well for giving us the best smoked products we can possibly have.


Now that the temperature is correct, the appropriate wood to burn has to be located and used. Hardwood is the preference and we have determined that locally grown ash and hickory will be our primary smoking material for creating the perfect balance of flavoring and cooking smoke.


There are many theories on sauce with BBQ. We will not employ the usage of sauce or mops while cooking. We view the sauce as a compliment to great BBQ, so the sauce will be served along side the BBQ meat, as a side element, if desired. There will always be a selection of 4 or more sauces available.


Great side dishes are always a memorable added feature to the main BBQ meat entrees. Often, people will discuss the side dishes as the greater feature of the meal, such as deviled eggs, beans, macaroni and cheese, fried okra and other southern favorites. All items add the extra elements of “comfort’ that signify a great BBQ meal or event. Lockhart’s will have a wide array of favorite sides as gathered and located in our many trips of discovery.

Eating BBQ

Eat with your hands. Wash. Repeat.

Lockhart's BBQ (5/29/2015 1:49 PM) - Craft Beer Society (Mug Club) memberships are available. Stop in to join for only $50! Ask your server or bartender for more details!

Lockhart's BBQ (5/29/2015 10:39 AM) - Today's lunch special is a smoke chicken roll up! Smoked chicken breast shaved thin with lettuce, tomato, Monterey Jack cheese and spicy aioli. Comes with one side for $9.99!

Lockhart's BBQ (5/28/2015 10:15 AM) - Today's lunch special is The Three Little Pigs. Pulled pork, ham and bacon piled high on our sweet roll. Served with one side for $9.99!

Lockhart's BBQ (5/27/2015 3:22 PM) - Demolition has begun on Lockhart's BBQ in Lake Orion! Real BBQ coming soon!

Lockhart's BBQ (5/27/2015 10:37 AM) - Lunch special today is a Texas Philly. Shaved beef brisket, sauteed peppers and onions, topped with a homemade 4 cheese sauce. Served with your choice of side for $9.99

Lockhart's BBQ (5/26/2015 10:00 AM) - Today's lunch special is our Spicy Chicken Sammy. Smoked chicken breast shaved thin, piled on a homemade bun and topped with pepper jack cheese and salsa verde. Comes with one side for $9.99!

Lockhart's BBQ (5/25/2015 2:41 PM) - Interested in joining Lockhart's BBQ Craft Beer Society (Mug Club)? You can sign up starting tomorrow, May 26th. For $50 per year you get to drink discounted craft draft beer out of a really cool 18oz mug! There are also other great perks, ask your server or bartender for more details.

Lockhart's BBQ (5/25/2015 10:05 AM) - Happy Memorial Day! Our lunch special today is a Buffalo Pork Sammy. Smoked pork with buffalo sauce and crispy fried onions. Comes with one side fro $9.99!

Lockhart's BBQ (5/24/2015 10:21 AM) - Come enjoy breakfast BBQ style on our patio today. Lockhart's bottomless breakfast is every Sunday from 10-2, pick any one of our breakfast entrees and unlimited bloody marys, mimosas, or MI craft lager for $30.

Lockhart's BBQ (5/23/2015 9:00 PM) - Mug Club appreciation party. Sausage stuffed pork belly. Blue cheese potato salad & grilled lime cilantro corn. Thank you for joining!

Michigan Microbrews Currently On Tap

Arcadia Whitsun

Dark Horse Smells Like A Safety Meeting (American IPA)

Founders All Day IPA

Founder's Backwoods Bastard

Founders Black Rye

Founders Blushing Monk

Founder's Ol'Curmudgeon Ale

Founders Porter

Founder's Red's Rye PA

Founders Rubaeus

New Holland Dragons Milk

Perrin Grapefruit IPA

Right Brain CEO Stout

Short's Anniversary Ale

Shorts Local Light Pilsner

Wolverine Amber Lager

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