Leonard Botello IV is the owner and pitmaster behind TRUTH BBQ Houston and the original outpost, TRUTH BBQ Brenham. Botello opened TRUTH BBQ in Brenham, Texas in a small shack off a rural highway running between Austin and Houston in the summer of 2015. An unknown in the BBQ world, TRUTH BBQ gained critical acclaim after being listed as #10 on Texas Monthly’s Top 50 Texas BBQ Joints, published every 5 years. TRUTH BBQ became synonymous with authentic Central Texas style brisket and bbq, smoked over Texas Post Oak; and homemade sides and desserts that were just as good as the bbq. In January of 2019, Botello opened his second location, TRUTH BBQ Houston, in the historic neighborhood Houston Heights; becoming the first Texas Monthly Top 10 BBQ restaurant “inside the 610 loop”. When not manning the pit room and line at TRUTH BBQ, Leonard can be found cooking all over the US at various food and bbq festivals.