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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.