Welcome to Nathan's BBQ! Our BBQ is Old School the Texas Way and our cooking style has been passed down through the Winkelmann family for several generations. We cook on Texas style BBQ pits using Lump Charcoal and a touch of Pecan wood for flavor. Come on in to our restaurant and enjoy some True Texas BBQ made Old School the Texas Way.
The name is Nathan – as in, Nathan Winklemann, the Big Daddy of Texas BBQ. He’s been cookin’ up some of the best “true pit” BBQ in the state since he was knee-high in his grandma’s kitchen. In the 1980s, he started a take-out plate BBQ business in a tiny convenience store mid-way between Houston and Austin on highway 290 in Brenham. Over the years, Nathan’s take-out and catering business began busting at the seams, and in 2010, he launched a brand-new expansion project. Today, Nathan’s seats up to 100 in-house, 40 on the patio, and caters events throughout South Central Texas. Open seven days a week, this place is always hopping. Call in and pick up your ribs, brisket, chops, or taters. Come sit a spell and dine on scrumptious handmade desserts, or hire Nathan’s to cater your next event – big or small, Nathan’s does it all.
With pieces of the past adding character and history to this pristine space, the new dining room makes guest feel like they are visiting an old friend. At 2,500 square feet, there is plenty of room for friends and family to gather for some of the best BBQ in Texas. When designing the new restaurant, Nathan recycled the iron doors and the wood from the old Boeker Feed Store that operated in downtown Brenham from the 1930s until the mid-1980s.The tin and light fixtures are from Nathan’s grandparents’ home in New Wehdem, which is where Nathan grew up. His grandmother’s influence is still evident in Nathan’s cooking, and if visit on a Sunday, you’ll find one or two of her recipes on the menu.
The wagons used to ice down the beer are made from hand-cut oak, and the authentic wheels date back to the late 1800s. The artesian Hugh Shelton, from Gonzales, Texas, also made all of the wagons in the 2010 movie, True Grit.
Nathan's BBQ has been voted The Brenham Banner-Press Reader's Choice "Best Barbecue" 2015, 2016 and 2017! Stop by and try our award winning barbecue for lunch or dinner. Old School the Texas Way!