Franklin Barbecue – Austin, TX

December 28th, 2010 by Larry

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Dr. Pepper soft drink, Tipsy Texan Sandwich ($4.95), & potato salad.

I met some high school buddies for lunch while in Austin last week & I knew the notion of letting one of them pick the spot was going to be an adventure. One of the recent trends in the Austin food scene is food trucks, food trailers, and even food trailer parks. My friend, Rob, insisted that we check out the trailer, Franklin Barbecue, located right off an I-35 access road. I had previously heard that Franklin Barbecue was infamous for it’s long lines because of the quality of the food & the abundant Southern hospitality shown to every customer at the trailer’s service window. I wasn’t surprised with our hour-and-fifteen-minute wait surrounded by a teasing, smoky richness in the air.

When we finally reached the window to order, we were greeted with a tension-diffusing “Hey, you must be hungry after that wait, right?!?” Instantly, any animosity felt by our long wait was gone. I ordered a Tipsy Texan sandwich containing a large helping of chopped beef, sausage, onions, pickles, and cole slaw which was prepared in front of me by owner Aaron Franklin. When he found out I was visiting from Georgia, he gave me 2 head-sized slabs of brisket for free, just to try… and boy, was that brisket amazing! It’s a good sign any time brisket falls apart as soon as you poke it with a fork!

My next trip to TX won’t be complete without another visit to Franklin Barbecue, but I don’t know where I’ll find them, as they are planning a transition to a brick-and-mortar storefront very soon. Stay up to date on those developments by following @FranklinBbq on Twitter.

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