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

Down the hatch in no time.
Down the hatch in no time. Photo by Robert Jacob Lerma
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."
click to enlarge Which way to the beach, errrr, beef? - PHOTO BY ROBERT JACOB LERMA
Which way to the beach, errrr, beef?
Photo by Robert Jacob Lerma
Botello is a third-generation restaurateur, and grew up immersed in his family's restaurants here in the Houston area before opening up Truth in 2015. He's actually the youngest pitmaster ranked on Texas Monthly‚Äôs Top 10 Barbecue Joints.

Well, then, what to expect at the Houston outpost? Though the location hasn't been revealed yet, there will apparently be 55 parking spots, which is pretty snazzy. A full dining experience is promised, with meats cooked slow over post oak wood, housemade sauces, authentic Texas sides and multilayered cakes. If that's not enough to get you excited, maybe these photos will.
click to enlarge PHOTO BY ROBERT JACOB LERMA
Photo by Robert Jacob Lerma
click to enlarge PHOTO BY ROBERT JACOB LERMA
Photo by Robert Jacob Lerma
click to enlarge PHOTO BY ROBERT JACOB LERMA
Photo by Robert Jacob Lerma
click to enlarge PHOTO BY ROBERT JACOB LERMA
Photo by Robert Jacob Lerma
click to enlarge PHOTO BY ROBERT JACOB LERMA
Photo by Robert Jacob Lerma
Dang. That looks good.

Truth BBQ, truthbbq.com
Opening in fall 2017. Projected hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 11 a.m. to sell out. Private dining and catering will be available.
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Gwendolyn Knapp is the food editor at the Houston Press. A sixth-generation Floridian, she is still torn as to whether she likes smoked fish dip or queso better.