Truth BBQ

Truth BBQ
The original Truth BBQ took over an old barbecue joint on the highway between Houston and Austin and quickly became a destination; the Houston location opened in 2019 and is a must-visit for classic CTX 'Q.

The original location in Brenham had been a couple of old-school joints over the years – eccentric places but forgettable barbecue. So when Leonard Botello IV took it over and hung out the Truth BBQ shingle, serving world-class CTX-style barbecue from day one, barbecue fans speeding to-and-from Houston and Austin rejoiced.

The Houston location appeared several years later (the Brenham location is still open) with a long gestation period that only ramped up the barbecue fan frenzy. The big 1000-gallon offset barrel pits were a doozy to install, but once complete, the high-traffic location and Botello’s exquisite barbecue made this one of the best and busiest barbecue joints in Houston when the doors opened.

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Owner(s): Leonard Botello IV
Pitmaster(s): Leonard Botello IV
Established: 2019
Address: 110 S Heights Blvd, Houston, TX 77007
Hours: Tues-Wed-Sun 11AM-4PM or sold out; Thu-Sat 11AM-9PM or sold out. Closed Mon.
Phone: (832) 835-0001
Known for: Some of the best CTX-style brisket in the state, along with well-known side dishes like the famous tater tot casserole.
Pro-tip: Don't leave the order counter without taking a slice of the collosal cakes made from family recipes.
Brisket price/lb: $25.00
Price Date: 2021-05-19
Building: This building was a car repair shop before being transformed into Phil's BBQ and later J. Black's bar. Truth took it over in 2019 and did a complete renovation. Very welcoming and warm inside with a big dining room and attached (covered) patio.
Parking: There is a dedicated parking lot for the restaurant that can get full during busy times. Usually you can wait a few minutes and a space will open up. There is an additional small gravel lot to the south on the other side of Barnes St. Additional parking on nearby side streets.
Ordering: Counter-service - lineup and place your meat order with the cutter, then your side dish order, then dessert. It is all assembled while you are in line, then you pay at the register, take your tray, and head out to find a table.
Catering: Pickup, delivery and full-service.
Pit(s): Four 1000-gallon offset steel barrel pits.
Style(s):Central Texas
Neighborhood(s):Central, Washington Ave
Building Type:Stand-Alone
Accolade(s):2022 Houston Chronicle Top 100, 2019 Alison Cook Top 100, 2022 HOUBBQ Festival, 2021 Texas Monthly Top 50
Catering:Pickup, Delivery, Full Service
Primary Wood(s):Oak
Primary Pit Type(s):Offset Steel
Meals Served:Lunch, Dinner
Drinks:Beer, Wine, Liquor
Features:Outdoor Patio, Good for Groups, Sausage In-house, Private Room, Curbside, Online Ordering, Counter Cut
Review: Truth BBQ on Washington Avenue
Houston Chronicle
Truth Barbeque
Texas Monthly
Q&A with Truth Barbeque owner, Leonard Botello IV
The Banner-Press
My Five Favorite Meals: Pitmaster Leonard Botello IV
Daily Beast
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