Since gifts and particularly edible gifts are nice, there are plenty of ways to send a taste of Texas to loved ones who miss the state.
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 El Naranjo 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 food vendors 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. There’s also a brisket and sausage package. 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, sausage, pork shoulder, and three kinds of sauce available for shipping. Order online, everything is shipped on Tuesdays overnight through FedEx.
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 (currently sold out).
Other Savory Foods
Comedor: The lauded modern Mexican restaurant is offering a holiday-themed meal kit that can be shipped anywhere in the country. The vegan and gluten-free goodies range from meringues to Fresno salsa to escabeche, paired alongside digital recipes. Order online.
Texas Food & Wine Alliance: The food-focused nonprofit has put together another haul of the best Texas snacks from local companies. The base Texas Treats box includes salsas from San Antonio’s Tatemada, a snack mix from Houston Indian restaurant Pondicheri, a chocolate bar from Dallas shop Dude, Sweet Chocolate, and more. The larger Ultimate Texas Treats box adds raw honey from Manor-based Two Hives and charcuterie from Driftwood brewery Vista Brewing. A portion of the sale benefits the nonprofit itself. 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 (roasted beets and fresh mint, 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 vanilla salt). There’s also a mini-jam gift box that has a combination of jams, salts, and sugars. Order online.
Cookie Rich: The decadent cake-like cookie sandwich shop offers its wares for shipping with flavors like the birthday with sprinkle cream cheese or snickerdoodle with cinnamon brown sugar, available in varying count packs. Order online.
Update, December 16, 2021: This guide, originally published on November 23, 2020, has been updated with new details and additional offerings.