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Franklin Barbecue

900 E 11th St, Austin, Texas 78702 USA

5,761 Reviews
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Opens Sat 10:30a
  • Independent
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  • Pet Friendly
  • Wheelchair
  • Public
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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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Abdullah P.

Franklin Barbecue was on a lot of "must try on your visit to Austin" blogs while planning where to go. So naturally, I was inclined. What these blogs failed to mention is how long the wait would... Read more

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Lexi D.

Cant even begin to describe how good Franklin's Barbecue is. This is not somewhere you can go for dinner, because everything will be sold out by then. We got up early and stood in line at 10/11am... Read more

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Tim E.

Incredible! We wait almost an hour and a half but it was really worth it. They are famous for the brisket and it is DELICIOUS but the ribs were something from another planet, absolutely AMAZING!... Read more

Franklin Barbecue

900 E 11th St
Austin, Texas
78702 USA
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  • Sun, Tue - Sat: 10:30 am - 2:00 pm

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  • Pets Allowed
  • Restrooms
  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Credit Cards Accepted
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  • Brunch
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  • Outdoor Seating
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