Scenic Hill Retreat's Top 3 BBQ Picks in Washington County, Texas: LJ's BBQ, Truth BBQ, and the Welcome Store
Washington County, Texas, a barbecue lover's haven, where exceptional smoked meats and remarkable flavors abound. In this blog post, we will embark on a culinary journey through three extraordinary BBQ joints that have garnered accolades and captivated the taste buds of locals and visitors alike: LJ's BBQ, Truth BBQ, and the Welcome Store. Brace yourself for an exploration of the finest barbecue offerings in this remarkable region.
LJ's BBQ: Award-Winning Traditional Barbecue
Located on Main Street, just west of Historic Downtown Brenham, LJ's BBQ stands tall as an award-winning establishment (Texas Top 50), renowned for its commitment to preserving traditional barbecue techniques. Family-owned, Pit Masters Matt Lowry and Corey Cook with cousin Leah Cook, provide small town hospitality and have been honored for its exceptional flavors and quality smoked meats. The hallmark of LJ's BBQ is its perfectly seasoned brisket, tender and bursting with smoky goodness. From succulent ribs to flavorful sausages, every bite showcases the expertise and passion that goes into their craft. Be sure to complement your meal with their delectable homemade sides, such as creamy mac and cheese or tangy coleslaw, for an elevated barbecue experience.
Truth BBQ: Modern Innovation Meets BBQ Mastery
Located on Hwy 290W in Brenham, Truth BBQ (Texas Top 50) has made a name for itself by striking a harmonious balance between modern innovation and traditional BBQ mastery. Owner and Pit Master Leonard Botello IV provides an award-winning establishment, celebrated for its exquisite flavors and meticulous cooking techniques. Prepare to be enthralled by their standout dishes, including perfectly smoked brisket, mouthwatering ribs and juicy pulled pork. Each bite at Truth BBQ reveals a symphony of carefully crafted flavors. Complement your meal with their imaginative sides, such as jalapeno cheese grits or tangy vinegar-based potato salad, and indulge in a BBQ experience that blends innovation with the time-honored traditions of Texas.
The Welcome Store: Rustic Charm and Authentic Barbecue
The recently renovated Welcome General Store, est. 1890, offers a unique blend of rustic charm and authentic Texas barbecue. This hidden local hangout boasts an exceptional menu prepared by owner Abbey Road in her all wood fired kitchen. Step inside and savor the tantalizing aroma of their slow-cooked meats, with smoked brisket and ribs taking center stage. The Welcome Store's commitment to preserving the essence of traditional Texas culture shines through in every tender bite. Pair their brisket tacos with homemade Bootstrap BBQ sauce and classic sides such as street corn, pinto beans or chunky banana pudding , and immerse yourself in a true taste of Texas history. Full bar, juke box, shuffleboard and Thursday Night Bingo makes the Welcome Store a real adventure.
For the ultimate BBQ adventure in Washington County, Texas, Brad and Jenny, owners of Scenic Hill Retreat, recommend LJ's BBQ, Truth BBQ, and the Welcome Store. These esteemed establishments have not only earned recognition as Texas Top 50 favorites but have also captured the hearts and taste buds of locals and visitors alike. Whether you're savoring LJ's traditional flavors, indulging in Truth BBQ's innovative creations, or immersing yourself in the rustic charm of the Welcome Store, you can trust that each bite will be a delightful journey through the rich and diverse barbecue traditions of Washington County, Texas.
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True romantics, nature lovers and local entrepreneurs, Brad & Jenny Stufflebeam, owners of Scenic Hill Retreat, have lived and raised their family on a small farm in Washington County, TX since 2004.