Austin >Food & Dining > Franklin Barbecue
900 E 11th St, Austin, TX | Directions 7870230.270179 -97.731263
Mon-Sun, 11am until sold out
Neighborhoods: Central East Austin
Best brisket ever. Be sure to get there by 7:30 am and wait for a few hours, or you're SOL.
You may hear more about Coopers, Mueller's, or Smitty's, but anybody who knows barbecue in the Lone Star State will tell you that the king of Texas Q is a young man named Aaron Franklin, whose low-key, modern Austin restaurant puts the lie to all the old-timey rigamarole associated with the state.
Almost everyone will argue that Franklin has the best brisket in town. If you want to try it, be willing to wait up to 3 hours. Starting at 9 am because they usually sell out by 11! This is no joke. But it will be worth it.
There's a reason folks stand in line for hours to get a sliver of this stuff. Line up early at this east side BBQ shack, and see what all the fuss is about. In a nutshell: BBQ that's been prepared in a smoker with special, magical wood, with BBQ sauce that's almost OCD in its extremely delicate, highly delicious ingredient combination.
The 2 hour line speaks for itself. Franklin BBQ probably has the best brisket in Austin & the sausage is great too. You can skip the line if you call in a 5lb order or more.
The only reason we ate here was because it was named best barbecue in the country. Well, if you like a GIANT slab of pork or brisket thrown on a piece of bread on a flimsy paper plate, this place is for you. The place was cool and I guess it was worth the experience.
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