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.