In January of 2019, Botello opened his second location, TRUTH BBQ Houston, in the historic neighborhood Houston Heights. Here you can find Leonard pushing the boundaries of traditional BBQ with dishes like Carolina Style Whole Hog, Boudin Smoked Sausage, & Pastrami Brisket. A defining factor that has always set TRUTH BBQ apart from the crowd is TRUTH’s commitment to making everything from scratch, daily, in house. Most days you’ll even catch the sausage being made when in line to order.
Through the universal love of Texas BBQ, Leonard has had the honor of hosting dinners for esteemed organizations such as No Kid Hungry and The James Beard House; he’s been featured at New York City Wine & Food Fest multiple times, as well as appearing on Food Network’s Chopped; winning his episode. He has become a mainstay on a variety of “Best BBQ” lists from Thrillist, to Buzzfeed to Texas Monthly. When not manning the pit room and line at TRUTH BBQ, Leonard is often found cooking with friends all over the US at various food and wine festivals or starting fires and building pits in his backyard as he continues his education in all styles of bbq and live fire cooking.