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Truth Barbeque

Photograph by Jody Horton

There’s a rush of fragrances as butcher paper is unfolded from the briskets. Beef fat, black pepper, and post oak smoke wafted into the air. The slices are juicy, salty, and incredibly tender, while the smokiness lurks in the background. Homemade sausage is available every day. The original link is pork heavy, with some beef. The spice is light, and they’re salt-forward. It eats more like a bratwurst. The pulled pork sandwich has a a remarkable juiciness. Smoked and pulled to order, then topped with house-made pickles, onions, and sauce on a warn bun, it is flawless. The sides are nothing to ignore, either. Leftover chunks of rib meat float in the classic pinto beans, while sausage slices stud the tart and not-too-tender greens. The mac & cheese must have gotten jealous of all the extra protein elsewhere and demanded a topping of crispy bacon.

City: Brenham


Method: Post oak in an indirect heat pit

Pitmaster: Leonard Botello IV

Price: $

Rating: ★★★★

Address: 2990 U.S. 290, Brenham, TX, 77833

Hours: Thur-Sun 11-4 or till meat runs out

Phone: (979) 830-0392

Year Opened: 2015

Last updated: May 10, 2016


  • Ray

    Who has better pork ribs: Truth (indirect smoke) or Nathan’s (direct heat)? I remember you raving about Nathan’s spare ribs several years ago in a review.

    • Red

      Truth, hands down. Nathan’s is a pitiful excuse for BBQ.

  • RockportDon

    I see a road trip to Brenham in my future.

    • Mark

      It’s worth the drive, yep.

  • Gus

    That’s the most appetizing picture of a sandwich I’ve ever seen… I live in LA but am considering flying out just to take a tour of the Truth.

  • Kevin Bolling

    Drove to Truth from Austin last Sunday… Outstanding..Brisket was as good or better than any I have eaten, (and I live in Central Texas), sausage and spare ribs were very good. Sides well above BBQ joint average. While we did not try, the cakes looked awesome !!

  • twinwillow

    Thank God I’m a Texan!
    THE best BBQ in the USA!

  • twinwillow

    Thank God I’m a Texan!
    Where THE BEST BBQ in the USA can be found!

  • The Botello’s have proven over the years great food and customer service comes with hard work and dedication.

  • Jeff

    Stumbled on Truth in March on a spring break road trip. Awesome brisket, Leonard was very cool, slid me some burnt ends while I waited for him to wrap my order, and a slice of his moms chocolate cake fed my entire car! I considered it my treasure find for the week.

  • Big Ed

    We went to Truth BBQ yesterday, 11/4/16. Got up early today, 11/5/16, and headed out to Louie Mueller’s and Snow’s. While both lived up to their longtime legend, I must say that my recent experience was overshadowed by the young pit-masterm, Leonard, at Truth BBQ. In his short time he has developed what I feel like is the best overall BBQ experience – meat, sides, dessert, and everything in between. Truth BBQ is not only my personal favorite, but I also consider it to be the best in Texas (and therefore the world).

  • Bill Brigance

    Hello Janel and Leonard, glad to see the family is still in the restaurant business.

  • Bobo

    Looks like Truth added a brand new Klose in the smoke house. Original out front now, means more Truth for BBQ lovers.