Barebecue lovers can enjoy a special day of ‘cue on Jan. 18 as Killen’s Steakhouse in Shenandoah is hosting a barbecue pop-up from 11 a.m. until everything is sold out while introducing a new pitmaster who will be joining the expanding team of Killen’s restaurants across the Houston region.
Ashlee Hellman, assistant manager of Killen’s Steakhouse The Woodlands, said the pop-up is one of many that iconic Texas Chef Ronnie Killen has planned for the region as the franchise continues to grow. A new location of Killen’s is currently under construction in the Heights area of downtown Houston and the Shenandoah location of the popular Pearland steakhouse has been open less than a year after Killen saw a desire for his exquisite smoked meats and steaks in The Woodlands.
“We’ll have all the usuals, brisket, ribs, pork and our popular side dishes. There will be tents set up with tables and chairs,” Hellman said of the Jan. 18 event. “We’re doing a lot of pop-ups in the Heights and around the region to promote our newest location in The Heights.”
Hellman also said the Jan. 18 event will offer barbecue lovers a chance to see new pitmaster Bryan Gonzales in action. Gonzales, who hails from San Antonio, is joining the Killen’s team, she noted, and is expected to work at both the Pearland barbecue stand as well as the new spot in the Heights when it opens later this spring.
“(Gonzales) Has done a lot of work with Ronnie (Killen) and Ronnie has known him for a while and decided to bring him on board,” Hellman said. “He is from San Antonio”
The event will be hosted in the parking lot of the restaurant with tents, chairs and on-tap beer. Food service will begin at 11 a.m. and continue until all the food is gone, which Hellman estimated to be around 2 or 3 p.m. The line length and wait time for food is hard to predict, Hellman said, but she added that it usually ebbs and flows with both the weather conditions as well as how many customers show up.
The event is free to enter, however there is a cost for the various meat plates and dining options, some of which come with a complimentary on-tap beer.
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