Food has been bringing the Johnson family together since 1984.  What started as Sylvia’s project has grown into a Tomball icon for good, old-fashion BBQ.  For a while there, Ted and Sylvia thought they should retire but they just couldn’t stay away.  

Today, you can always find someone from the family in the kitchen, taking orders, helping customers or just catching up with friends in the dining area.  Son Kyle has been perfecting the rubs to the point where they get orders from all over the US.  He has also added his favorite recipes and combination to round out the menu.  

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Since ‘84, Sylvia and Ted Johnson have been sharing life and BBQ with friends and family.  Offering award winning slow, smoked BBQ made with homemade sauces and plenty of sides.  Five generations of family have worked in the “RT”.  We still smoke the good stuff with wood, make everything (and we mean everything) from scratch.  Potato salad comes from potatoes, coleslaw starts as cabbage. Every day, you can count on enjoying a mouthful of flavorful brisket, falls off the bone ribs, delicately smoked turkey, link sausages and more.  Check out our full menu here.

Come hungry!  We have a bit of Texas waiting for you.


When it comes to catering, we bring a bit of Texas to your wedding, corporate party, birthday, bridal shower, baby shower and make it one to remember.
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Whether you are a homesick Texan or just a grilling maniac, you will find a great assortment of goodies ready and available for shipping anywhere in these United States. 

The RT Spice Assortment is offered along with easy to follow videos to bring out the best in your meats and make you the hero at home.  Click here to order spices and kitchen aids to make you the grill master. 

Love your RT BBQ?  Wear it well!  We get BBQ sauce on our t-shirts, hats, aprons and more every time.  Now you can too.  Cheer up your closet here!