Franklin Barbecue

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Details
900 E 11th St (at Branch St)
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 653-1187
BBQ
$ $
Hours
Tue–Sun: 11:00 AM–2:00 PM

By 10 a.m. on a Friday there will be more than 90 people in line at this modest establishment, which traces its roots back to 2009 and a turquoise trailer. The 90 people who show in the next half-hour wait in vain; a waitress will tell them that there's just no barbecue left. So it goes at Franklin, where Aaron Franklin serves some of the best of Texas's greatest culinary claim to fame. The brisket, with its peppery exterior, falls apart as you pick it up. The turkey is what presidentially pardoned birds aspire to. The sausage snaps loudly when you slice it, juice splashing out and up... You've heard the buzz. You’ve seen Franklin on TV. You’re heard his acolytes’ brisket gospel. It's not hype. It really is that good.

Foursquare Tips

  • AVOID FRANKLIN BBQ at all costs. YOU WILL NEVER ENJOY BRISKET ANYWHERE ELSE AGAIN. I'm a brisket pig - could eat it every day. Since Franklin's, all other briskets taste...lame. I GOTTA HAVE MORE MORE
  • Bethany of Best Coast is obsessed with Franklin Barbecue. Try their brisket and you wont be sorry.
  • They produce what has quickly become one of Austin's, if not Texas', most talked-about barbecue. It's so good they regularly run out of meat shortly after opening: get there early. [Eater 38 Member]
  • For the meat eaters amongst us: this is the best bbq in the world. You will have to wait an hour for your food but don't fret, you will be satisfied. Pro tip: try the brisket
  • This roadside mobile restaurant doesn't merely churn out some of the best barbecue on the block, it makes some of the best brisket, ribs and pulled pork in the entire country. Fatty Brisket is a must.
  • Anthony Bourdain says Its a religious experience #noreservations
  • Reader tip: If you want BBQ in Austin you must go to Franklin's. If you want to bypass the line, place your order for pickup now.
  • You'd better circle the wagons early if you want to snag some of Franklin's world-famous brisket. It has a smoky and spicy bark, a deep smoke ring, and is exceedingly moist and tender. Perfection.
  • Famed for being some of the best BBQ in Austin. Franklins does not disappoint! Be prepared to food coma. Found here: http://supper.mx/places/franklin-bbq-austin/
  • Bring foldable chairs, get here around 9a, order a lot, & don't bring annoying ppl = enjoyable experience.
  • Get Everything: You've waited in line for over two hours to get the food. Our advice is to load up. Barbecue reheats well, and the last thing you want is to run out of food and have to wait again.
  • One time I ate a whole pound of super moist brisket, a sausage, and a side of beans at this place. Then I promptly threw it up in the airplane bathroom. Eat here. But don't do that.
  • Franklin's brisket will change your life.
  • Best fatty brisket (the moist) and best brisket I've ever had. Period.
  • The hype is absolutely for real: this is the best BBQ in the U.S. You can't go wrong regardless of what you choose, but the brisket is the MVP of the lineup. But get here early, they will sell out.
  • Wait on line for the best BBQ in Austin - it's WORTH it!! Best brisket of a BBQ junkie's life
  • 1. fatty brisket. 2. pulled pork. 3. ribs. maybe a sausage or two... go home and hit yourself if you order turkey or lean brisket. get some slaw and the bean stuff.
  • BEST BBQ in the WORLD! Better get in line by 10 am before they sell out, usually by 1 or 2. Better yet, if you're in the neighborhood and the line is not too long, make a detour.
  • The lauded 'Q trailer has just gone brick 'n mortar, adding a third monstrous 12ft smoker and slinging their Meyer all-natural Angus out of an interior that actually harks back to the trailer days.
  • If you are on death row and they ask you what you want for your last meal - make it Franklin Barbecue.