I Went to Franklin Barbecue & It Was the Highlight of My Year
I can’t even. It was that good.
We got in line for Franklin Barbecue around 8:30 A.M., camped out till 1 P.M. and then got our grub on around 1:30 P.M. Totally worth the wait. And just FYI, it didn’t feel like a five hour wait by any means. Everyone on line was super nice, the restaurant had chairs, people walking by from the shop were selling beers, and there was also free water and bathrooms. Bonus was that the weather was just gorgeous that day. The person first in line on that particular day got there at 4:30 A.M. Other people have gotten there earlier if you look at the above tag they left.
Everyone just chatted, read, relaxed or hunkered down on their phone talking about waiting in line at Franklin Barbecue on their social media. There was a father and son team ahead of us who were waiting in line for their family, who would later join them. That’s love.
The BBQ was legit and ridic. On an overall scale, the best that I have ever had. The best smoked pork ribs that I have ever had in my life. The flavor that they imparted was unparalleled. I’ve had beautiful, fall-off-the-bone pork ribs before, but the flavor was never quite there. It would be interesting to see what they could do with a dinosaur rib, as I love the one that Louie Mueller offers. When I watched them pull a rack out of the warming station and cut through it, it was just brilliantly glistening and oozing with juiciness. Franklin BBQ brisket is simply spectacular and the pound we brought back to NYC and ate a week later still tasted incredible. The fat was so good and the texture was fantastic. The pulled pork was nice and juicy. I’m more of a brisket and rib girl, but wanted to try everything I could while I was there. Typically I do enjoy sausage, but wasn’t a fan of Franklin’s. Their’s has a certain taste to it, the best I can liken it to is a bratwurst, which I don’t normally like, so it’s more of a personal preference. I’m sure other people love their sausages.
Franklin BBQ side dishes were really nice. The beans had a nice hit of heat to them, the coleslaw, while simple, provided a much needed crunch and freshness to our overall meal. I ate a lot of the potato salad that had either relish or pickle in it. We opted to not get dessert since it was made by an outside company that we could visit on a separate occasion.
Random coincidence. As we were about to get up and leave, three guys sat down next to us. I didn’t see any ribs on their plate, apparently the kitchen was all sold out by the time they got up there, so we gave them one of ours to eat. Funny thing was that the man we were speaking with was a pilot that flew a plane from NYC to Austin the night before, which was the same time we flew in. Different airline though.
If you have half a day free in Austin, it’s worth the wait. Just be sure to order some to go, because you’re definitely going to be craving some later.
900 E 11th str
Austin, TX 78702