Franklin BBQ in Austin has a line around the corner… every single day. And I know why.
If you want to eat at Aaron Franklin’s BBQ joint in Austin Texas, you have to wake up pretty early in the morning.
That’s because Franklin BBQ, is only open for lunch, and when the 1500 pounds of meat that are cooked daily are gone..the doors are closed.
Come rain or shine, each and every day of the week (except Mondays when Franklin BBQ is closed), people line up around the corner, to wait for Franklin’s now famous brisket, ribs, sausages, turkey, and more.
This wasn’t our first time at the rodeo, so we were familiar with the drill. When we visit Austin, we like to stay at the Sheraton Austin, because it is literally a stone’s throw to the best BBQ in Austin.
Franklin doesn’t open until 11:00 AM, and the people who know what’s up, start waiting in line at 8:00 AM.
If you can’t stand to stand for so long, there is an entrepreneurial gentleman on the corner, who will rent you a chair for $5 dollars.
- As far as I was concerned, it was all worth the wait. We made plenty of new friends.
At 10:00 AM, a lovely server starts selling drinks to the thirsty line waiters.
Some people enjoy a cold beer or two during the time spent in line waiting for Franklin BBQ to open.
When we finally made it inside, I had the chance to peruse the menu, which is taped nicely to the wall:-)
These are not New York prices, I might add. To us, Franklin BBQ is very reasonably priced.
The meat is meticulously cut.
Fiore Tedesco, formerly of New York’s Gramercy Tavern, has dedicated his life to learning the art of barbecue, and now slices brisket at Franklin BBQ, like a pro.
You’ll meet plenty of other foodies who are busy Instagram-ing, Tweeting and Facebooking their lunches.
Here’s a tip, though. SKIP the bread. You’ll want plenty of room for dessert.
Don’t underestimate the selection of pies from Melissa Brinckmann’s, Cake and Spoon. We tried the Banana Bourbon, Lemon Chess, and Pecan Pies.
Pro Tip: You don’t have to wait in line, if you only want to pick up some heavenly pies.
Here is where the RUB comes in….Literally. You will undoubtably order more food than you can eat. Or, if you’re smart, you might order more than enough, so you can take some home leftovers. Of course, home for us, would be a plane ride away, and one might be deterred from even trying to pack it up to go.
But, NOT MY MAN! Since this wasn’t our first rodeo, so to speak, my husband had given careful thought to planning his Bar-B-Cue coup.
He’d cleverly brought along a few “Vacuum Sous Vide” bags, and his Ziploc pump. Yes, he really did.
At first, he didn’t think he’d be able to get the BBQ sauce on the plane, since it is a liquid. BUT, after carefully looking around the hotel room, he realized that the amenities bottles would make for great BBQ sauce containers. So what if the sauce tasted like mouthwash?
Look closely at the shampoo, conditioner and mouthwash bottles, all filled with BBQ sauce. All of the food, tightly sealed in the Ziploc’s traveled home with us, on the plane. We enjoyed a nice picnic at the airport while our plane was delayed. Plus, the bonus was having Franklin BBQ for lunch in New York, the next day.
900 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78702