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From ice creams to vegan queso, and, of course, brisket delivered right to your door

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Barbecue from Micklethwait Craft Meats
Barbecue from Micklethwait Craft Meats
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Although travel is not advisable for the holidays this year, there are plenty of ways to send a taste of Texas to loved ones who might otherwise miss out.

There are options for sweet and savory lovers alike, from meaty beef ribs from Texas barbecue joint Terry Black’s BBQ to piquant salsas from Mexican restaurant Comedor to sweet, seasonal pints from Lick Honest Ice Creams. This list also includes specialties from just outside of Austin like Royer’s pies from Round Top and a whole brisket from the venerable Snow’s BBQ from Lexington. Can’t decide? Nonprofit Texas Food & Wine Alliance offers gift boxes that feature items from several restaurants throughout the state.

Many of the orders are fulfilled through Goldbelly, which helps restaurants and small producers ship specialty items around the country.


Barbecue

Franklin Barbecue: Proclaimed by some to be the best barbecue in the world, entire Franklin briskets can be shipped nationwide. In addition to almost five pounds of meat, the package also includes barbecue sauce. Order online (currently sold out).

Snow’s BBQ: Another contender for best barbecue, led by pitmaster Tootsie Tomanetz, the Lexington, Texas joint has brisket, ribs, turkey, and three kinds of sauce available for shipping. Order online, everything is restocked on Mondays and shipped on Tuesdays.

Micklethwait Craft Meats: The east side barbecue truck sells smoked meats (brisket, turkey, ribs, and sausage) and sides (including those jalapeño cheese grits). Order online.

Terry Black’s: The longtime barbecue spot sells many kinds of smoked meats — from beef ribs to habanero smoked turkey to jalapeño cheddar smoked sausage. Order online.

Louie Mueller: The Guy Fieri-approved barbecue spot has the usual smoked meats (brisket, sausage, turkey, beef ribs, and pork ribs) as well as sandwich kits with pulled pork or chopped brisket. Order online.

A meal kit from Comedor
A meal kit from Comedor
Comedor/Facebook

Other Savory Foods

Banger’s Sausage and Beer Garden: While the lively atmosphere of the Rainey Street bar won’t ship, Banger’s does offer packages of sausage, from eight to 32 links. Opt for the best-sellers package or choose your own from five kinds of sausage. Order online.

Vegan Nom: The vegan food truck sells its allergy-free queso (no gluten, soy, dairy, nuts, or legumes) for delivery across the country. Order online.

El Naranjo: The high-end Oaxacan restaurant sells its beloved salsa matcha. Order online.

Comedor: The lauded modern Mexican restaurant offers assembly meal kits that can be shipped anywhere in the country — even those bone marrow tacos. There’s also three kinds of bottled salsa. Order online.

Texas Food & Wine Alliance: The food-focused nonprofit has put together a haul of the best Texas snacks from restaurants. The Texas Treats box includes salsa and tamales from Comedor (see above), macarons from San Antonio-based Bakery Lorraine, a chorizo from San Antonio’s Cured, and more. The Ultimate Texas Treats box adds a biscuit cinnamon roll from Olamaie, pecan-smoked bacon sausage from James Beard Award-winner Chris Shepherd of Houston’s Underbelly Hospitality, and a dessert from Fluff Bake Bar of Houston. A portion of the sale benefits the nonprofit itself. Order online by Thursday, December 17.

Jams from Confituras
Jams from Confituras
Confituras [Official]

Desserts

Tiny Pies: The Austin bakery has both tiny and not-so-tiny pies available, as well as other goodies like hand pies and pecan bites. Order online.

Lick Honest Ice Creams: The homegrown soft ice cream mini-chain has a variety of gift packs that include its uniquely flavored ice cream (lavender crunch, anyone?). Choose from options like a six-pack of ice cream pints, ice cream sandwich boxes, and a vegan sundae kit. Order online.

Amy’s Ice Creams: The local chain offers different packs of its super rich, creamy ice cream. Choose from curated boxes of five pints, from one for chocolate lovers to one that is just their famous Mexican vanilla, or create your own variety pack. Order online.

Royer’s Cafe: Round Top’s famous pies are available for nationwide shipping. Choose from five flavors, or send a whole mess of smaller four-inch pies. Order online.

LE Meals: Austin’s latest Gullah Geechee/Cajun restaurant can mail its jarred desserts (banana pudding, chocolate mousse, key lime pie), peanut brittle, and drinks. Order online.

Confituras: The biscuit and jam shop will ship its jams and specialty food items (like lavender lemon sugar or mulling spices). There’s also a mini-jam gift box that has a combination of jams and sugars. Order online.

Kalimotxo: Chef Tavel Bristol-Joseph is sharing his Basque burnt cheesecake and big, gooey monster cookies with chocolate chips and pecans. Order online.

The Basque cheesecake at Emmer & Rye
The Basque cheesecake at Emmer & Rye
Emmer & Rye/Facebook

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