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Killen’s Will Give Free Barbecue to People Impacted By the Government Shutdown

On Friday, government employees can score a free parcel of brisket, sausage, beans, and more

A meat tray with brisket, sausage, a beef rib, and pork ribs, surrounded by sides, including mac and cheese, creamed corn, beans, barbecue sauce, and trays of jalapenos and onions.
Killen’s BBQ
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In an attempt to help families impacted by the ongoing government shutdown, Pearland pitmaster Ronnie Killen is giving away free barbecue.

The pitmaster posted on Facebook on Tuesday that he will host “Furlough Friday” this coming Friday, where government employees with appropriate identification can score a “family pack” of brisket, sausage, potato salad, and baked beans, all gratis. On his personal Facebook page, Killen said that he “can’t wait to help out” those in need.

In Houston, the impact of the government shutdown has been felt by locals who work at NASA, the TSA, and other federal jobs who are among the 800.000 federal workers that have either been furloughed from their jobs or forced to work without pay. According to Click2Houston, local government employees rallied on Tuesday morning, urging an end to the shutdown.

Government employees affected by the shutdown can hit the to-go window at Killen’s on Friday, and the barbecue will be available until Killen’s runs out.

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