Franklin Barbecue: Old School Barbecue

Franklin Barbecue isn’t your old Texas barbecue joint run by weathered Texans and frequented by tourists from North Carolina. Instead, its owner is the eminently hip Aaron Franklin, a horn rim-spectacled man with sideburns that give him the laid-back cool of Jermaine from Flight of the Conchords. As a reviewer for put it, Franklin Barbecue may be “the epicenter of the New Barbecue Nerd Movement.” That means taking the youthful vitality of the coffee-shop explosion, putting it in a food stand, and marinating it in Austin, Texas character. But don’t think that Franklin Barbecue has sacrificed flavor for cool. Its smoky, succulent brisket — and pork ribs that slide off the bone — have snagged more than a few regulars from other famed establishments.

Franklin Barbecue
900 E. 11th Street
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 603-1187