Best BBQ In Austin Texas?

Is it worth spending 4 hours waiting in line for Franklin BBQ in Austin. You're damned right, it is!

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.

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.

Best BBQ in AustinWe waited 4 hours for our turn, to gorge on Austin’s BEST BBQ.

Best BBQ in Austin

    As far as I was concerned, it was all worth the wait. We made plenty of new friends.

Best BBQ in Austin

At 10:00 AM, a lovely server starts selling drinks to the thirsty line waiters.

Best BBQ in Austin

Some people enjoy a cold beer or two during the time spent in line waiting for Franklin BBQ to open.

Best BBQ in Austin

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.

Best BBQ in Austin

The meat is meticulously cut.

Best BBQ in Austin

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.

Best BBQ in Austin

You’ll meet plenty of other foodies who are busy Instagram-ing, Tweeting and Facebooking their lunches.

Best BBQ in Austin
We sampled Aaron’s brisket, pork ribs, beef ribs, sausage, turkey, plus a few sides of cole slaw and potato salad.

Here’s a tip, though. SKIP the bread. You’ll want plenty of room for dessert.

Best BBQ in AustinDon’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.

Best BBQ in Austin

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.

Best BBQ in Austin

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.



Franklin BBQ

900 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78702

(512) 653-1187

Vicki Winters

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I'm A Food, Travel, Video Blogger with ADHD.

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She can usually be found riding her bike around NYC or on some interesting adventure, somewhere around the globe.

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  • Glad to hear that you were able to make it to SXSW! Just so you know, you can buy whole briskets in a cryopak and they ship pretty well. They will let you go to the front of the line if thats what you want to buy. Also, the grocery stores (HEB) sell the sauce on the shelves. Looked like a fun trip though!