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Franklin Barbecue

900 E 11th Street, Austin, Texas 78702 USA

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Closed Now
Opens Fri 11a
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
  • Outdoor Seating
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“Out of this world brisket ”

Aaron Franklin’s parents owned a barbecue stand in his native Bryan, Texas, so it could be said that making good brisket was in his blood. But barbecue runs thick in the veins of every Texan, and when Aaron began experimenting with brisket and a backyard smoker a decade ago, it just so happened that with him it ran thicker than most. With the encouragement of friends, Aaron and his wife Stacy debuted Franklin BBQ in late 2009 on an East Austin parking lot. From the walk-up window of a travel trailer turned brisket stand, patrons quickly noticed the Franklins were selling the best barbecue around.

By spring, the line of admirers snaked around the block, and the press followed. In less than two years, the duo could count contributors from The Washington Post, Texas Monthly, and Cooking Channel among a growing chorus hailing Franklin among America’s BBQ elite—mentioned in the breath as Smitty’s, Kreuz’s, and other stalwart temples to the holy craft of smoked meat that line the Central Texas brisket belt. In the summer of 2010, Bon Appetit hailed Franklin BBQ as the best in America.

Aaron and Stacy quickly outgrew their trailer, and moved their operation to a brick and mortar location in March of 2011. And despite the new digs and every reasonable effort to increase production, Franklin BBQ’s line is as long as ever, and the restaurant has sold out of brisket every day of its existence.

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  • 1,318 Reviews
  • 276 Helpful
February 5, 2015
Rated 4.0

Aaron Franklin's notoriety for his distinctive espresso barbecue sauce lags far behind the demand for his legendary brisket. In fact, lining up an hour before the restaurant opens at 11 a.m. may not even guarantee you a slice.

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Sarah Parent

  • 87 Reviews
  • 49 Helpful
August 31, 2014

Serious Eats has declared it "barbecue nirvana" and "the finest brisket in all the land." Texas Monthly describes it as "knee-buckling" and "a level of perfection that is rare for any cook to attain." And the yelp rating is truly impressive. Be prepared to wait in huge lines, but the meat should be more than worth the wait.

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Reviewed by
Chelsea.Bird91

  • 8 Reviews
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July 13, 2017
Rated 5.0

Amazing! If you are from out of town get there early! They get sold out fast! Like at 12pm sometimes

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Chelsea.Bird91

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July 13, 2017
Rated 5.0

Amazing! If you are from out of town get there early! They get sold out fast! Like at 12pm sometimes

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jared.oates.1

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April 4, 2017
Rated 5.0

Damn good brisket! Make sure you try the bourbon banana pie, it's AWESOME!

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Franklin Barbecue

900 E 11th Street
Austin, Texas
78702 USA

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Closed Now
  • Sun, Tue - Sat: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

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  • Independent
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
  • Outdoor Seating
  • No Wifi
  • Street Parking
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