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Brenham’s Truth Barbeque Will Open In Houston

Those lengthy smoked meat pilgrimages to the Hill Country may no longer be necessary when Brenham’s Truth BBQ makes its debut in Houston. 

Truth BBQ pitmaster Leonard Botello IV will make his first foray outside of Brenham into a “prime location inside the 610 Loop” in Houston in the coming months, announces a press release. No word yet on which neighborhood Botello will choose, but the Houston native has reportedly been searching for the perfect location for the past several months.

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Top Brenham Barbecue Joint Is Coming to Houston

LAST MONTH Jakeisha Wilmore reported for Houstonia that rumors had been swirling that Brenham’s Truth Barbeque would open an outpost in Houston soon. Now, via a press release, we’ve learned that it’s true. Pitmaster and owner Leonard Botello IV will debut a Houston location “in a prime location inside the 610 Loop,” the release stated. There are no details yet on exactly when that new restaurant will arrive.

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Popular barbecue eateries plan Houston locations

A barbecue restaurant in Brenham, Texas, and a popular pop-up are planning to put down roots in Houston.

Brenham's Truth BBQ announced June 30 it will open its second restaurant inside the 610 Loop. However, the exact location and timeline for opening haven’t been disclosed yet.

Truth’s proprietor, 29-year-old Leonard Botello IV, is a third-generation restaurateur, according to a press release. He’s the youngest pitmaster ranked on Texas Monthly’s Top 10 Barbecue Joints in Texas, per the release.

Truth, which opened in 2015, specializes in Central Texas BBQ, authentic sides, and homemade multilayered cakes. Houston restaurateur Johnny Carrabba is an investor in Truth.

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RESTAURANTS / OPENINGS Top 10 Barbecue Spot is Moving into Houston — and BBQ Fanatics are Going Crazy

It’s been a standout year for restaurateur and pit master Leonard Botello IV. After merely two years in business, Botello’s Brenham-based Truth BBQ not only became one of Texas’ must-visit barbecue destinations, garnering hours-long waits every weekend, but Truth also landed a highly coveted Top 10 spot on Texas’ Monthly The 50 Best Barbecue Joints in Texas rankings.

But Botello’s not resting on his recent success. The 29-year-old ,third-generation restaurateur revealed that he is bringing a second-iteration of Truth BBQ to Houston.

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Rising star pitmaster to bring Brenham hotspot to H-Town — with help of Houston restaurant king

One of the fastest rising stars in Texas barbecue has made it official: He’s coming to Houston. Leonard Botello IV announced Friday that he will open a second location of his acclaimed restaurant Truth Barbeque in H-Town.

Since opening in 2015, Botello’s locale in Brenham has become a must visit destination for barbecue fans. Texas Monthly recognized it as the 10th best barbecue joint in the state in its recent ranking of the state’s 50 best smoked meat purveyors.

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Brenham's Truth BBQ to open Houston location

Truth BBQ in Brenham, helmed by 29-year-old pitmaster and Lake Jackson native Leonard Botello IV, is opening a second location in Houston. Johnny Carrabba is an investor in the venture. 

Though only two years old, Truth BBQ captured a coveted Top 10 spot in Texas Monthly's recent Top 50 ranking of the state's best barbecue joints.

Botello's prodigious talent as a pitmaster and a focus on house-made sausage, side dishes and desserts, as well as the old-school, convivial atmosphere of the tiny location just off Highway 290 in Brenham, has made it a must-visit destination for barbecue fans across the Texas.

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Texas Monthly Top 10 Barbecue Joint Truth BBQ Is Opening in the Loop

Hold on to your hats, barbecue fanatics. Truth BBQ, the popular and critically acclaimed Brenham-based barbecue spot from 29-year-old Houston native Leonard Botello IV, is opening a second location in Houston. The eatery, which is currently ranked No. 10 on Texas Monthly's Top 50 Barbecue Joints, announced today that it will bring its signature Central Texas barbecue inside the Loop this fall.

"Finding the perfect spot has been in the works for several months," Botella said via a press release, "and I am grateful to now have an opportunity to take Truth back to my hometown, which has been a goal of mine for several years."

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Q&A with Truth Barbeque owner, Leonard Botello IV

The secret is out. Truth Barbeque is one of the 10 best barbecue restaurants in Texas, according to Texas Monthly. I met owner Leonard Botello IV to uncover the formula of the product that inspires long lines every weekend.

He was open about many things, but there are still a few trade secrets that must stay hidden.

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‘Texas Monthly’ Just Named The 50 Best BBQ Places In Texas

Texas Monthly has published its list of the “50 Best BBQ Joints” in Texas, and it’s going to make meat eaters want to pack up and move to the Lone Star State.

The list has crowned a surprising new joint with the first place title. That means that the much beloved ― even by Obama ― Franklin Barbecue has moved from first place to second, a surprise to many. They’ve ceded their top place to Snow’s BBQ, located in small-town Lexington.

We expect Lexington’s small population of 1,100 to swell up pretty quickly with brisket-hungry tourists. And we give major props to pit master Tootsie Tomanetz, giving a female face to what is normally a male-dominated field.

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The List: The Top 50 Barbecue Joints in Texas

Texas barbecue has no peer on earth.” That’s what I immodestly declared in 2013, when we published our fourth list of the fifty best barbecue joints in the state. We were right, of course, but I did wonder: Had we peaked? Was there nowhere to go but down? Four years later, the answer is clear. There was nowhere to go but up! Our appetite for smoked meat remains insatiable, and I can say, with gusto, that we are living in the golden age of Texas barbecue.

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Here’s Who Made Texas Monthly’s Top 10 BBQ for 2017

Texas is known for its smoky and delectable barbecue. But which eatery is really the best in the state? If you’re itching to try out some of the Lone Star State’s best briskets, you’re in luck. Texas Monthly just released their Top 50 BBQ Joints in Texas list for 2017. The top 10 from their list include some impressive newcomers and a few old favorites. To see all the restaurants that made the list, read the article over at Texas Monthly.

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side dishes of texas barbecue joints no longer play second fiddle

The Texas barbecue renaissance of the past 10 years has resulted in many delicious benefits, mostly notably in exquisitely smoked meats but also in chef-inspired side dishes.

Long gone are the days of pre-made potato salad, coleslaw and baked beans served out of 5-gallon tubs. Though some purists might scoff at the necessity of sides, they play an important role in contemporary barbecue-joint patronage.

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'texas monthly' reveals '50 best bbq joints' list

Meat freaks take note. Today, Texas Monthly released its “50 Best BBQ Joints,” a smoked spectacle of a list that, like the Olympics and World Cup, only takes place once every four years. The last time it was released, the magazine’s cover announced the 50 selections — all in Texas — as the best “in the world.” This time, we’re living in “the Golden Age of Barbecue.”

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texas bbq treasure hunt

Twenty six year old Leonard Botello represents a new type of pit master. While culinary skills were honed at his family’s restaurant, he wasn’t born into a famous barbecue family. He didn’t learn his smoking skills under the tutelage of an old master or even work at one of the legendary barbecue joints. In fact, while he respects and has visited the old favorites, he idolizes a younger generation of pit masters, such as Aaron Franklin and John Lewis.

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texas monthly - truth barbeque

Last year, Leonard Botello IV decided he wanted to open a barbecue joint. The big hitch in his giddyup? He needed a smoker. He started searching for a workable, used pit, and pretty soon “a Klose pit came up on Craigslist in Cleveland,” he recalled. Ohio, that is, not Texas. According to Botello, the seller didn’t really know what she had on her hands and asked for only $4,700. (They can easily go for up to three times that amount.) Botello assured her he was on his way, and he embarked north from his home in Brenham. After three blown tires on the way back home, he finally transported it back safely and set it up at his new restaurant, Truth Barbecue.

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Who's on Texas monthly top 50 barbecue list? Our fearless predictions.

The question that’s always on any barbecue addict’s mind is, where are we going for lunch? But this week another, more theoretical debate is quietly taking place on blogs and social media

Which restaurants will make Texas Monthly’s list of the state’s 50 best barbecue joints?

The magazine will release its selections on Monday, but speculating is more fun than waiting. The conversation about the list starts with the observation that making the cut will be harder than ever. After all, in the four years since the magazine’s last rankings came out, the number of barbecue joints has exploded, and the newcomers are producing incredibly high quality ‘cue at a rate the state has never seen.

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