Franklin BBQ in Austin, TX..............

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Littleman
Double Cheeseburger
2012/03/09 14:03:02
Franklin BBQ in Austin.  Has anyone been there.  I see it listed as one of the top 20 restaurants in America recently. 
MetroplexJim
Filet Mignon
Re:Franklin BBQ in Austin, TX.............. 2012/03/09 14:19:51
Even Hitler only had the cole slaw:
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qaZx6kGs7pg
Foodbme
Porterhouse
Re:Franklin BBQ in Austin, TX.............. 2012/03/09 15:50:48
Most people are of the same opinion as Hitler!
305 People on Urbanspoon gave it a 93% approval rating however most of the comments complained about the ridiculous wait in line to MAYBE get some food before they sold out.
Obviously, the owners have hit on the magic formula--Make irresistible BBQ in limited quanities and create a frenzy of people clamoring in line to get some. It's called "It's good, but you can't have any" Marketing.

post edited by Foodbme - 2012/03/09 15:55:29
BackRhodes
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Franklin BBQ in Austin, TX.............. 2012/03/09 15:51:48
It was featured on DDD...
 
You might want to go to the Food Network web site and poke around & see IF there is a list of places Guy Fieri has visited...
 
BackRhodes
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Franklin BBQ in Austin, TX.............. 2012/03/09 15:53:26
Also try googling it...
 
scrumptiouschef
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Franklin BBQ in Austin, TX.............. 2012/03/10 00:39:57
John Mueller, grandson of Louie Mueller of Taylor Texas recently challenged Aaron Franklin to a barbecue cook off http://www.scrumptiousche...premacy?adminview=true
Foodbme
Porterhouse
Re:Franklin BBQ in Austin, TX.............. 2012/03/10 03:00:59
scrumptiouschef

John Mueller, grandson of Louie Mueller of Taylor Texas recently challenged Aaron Franklin to a barbecue cook off http://www.scrumptiousche...premacy?adminview=true

The problem will be picking a panel of Judges. Everyone in TX has their biases
It'll be as tough as getting a jury for the Charles Manson Trial!!
MetroplexJim
Filet Mignon
Re:Franklin BBQ in Austin, TX.............. 2012/03/10 08:22:44
Littleman

Has anyone been there?
 

 
Littleman and I are still waiting.
 
And, speaking of "hard to get 'legendary vittles' ", anybody been to  Snow's?
( http://www.texasmonthly.com/preview/2008-06-01/feature5 )
Twinwillow
Sirloin
Re:Franklin BBQ in Austin, TX.............. 2012/03/10 15:52:10
BackRhodes

It was featured on DDD...

You might want to go to the Food Network web site and poke around & see IF there is a list of places Guy Fieri has visited...


 
http://www.tvfoodmaps.com...diners-drive-ins-dives
Twinwillow
Sirloin
Re:Franklin BBQ in Austin, TX.............. 2012/03/10 16:00:56
Lance Kirpatric, who was the great pitmaster at Louis Mueller BBQ when Bobby Mueller was alive and owned it is now the pitmaster at Stiles Switch BBQ and Brew in Austin. VERY HIGHLY RATED!
http://www.stilesswitchbbq.com
MetroplexJim
Filet Mignon
Re:Franklin BBQ in Austin, TX.............. 2012/03/10 16:06:01
Thanks, Twin.
 
Found it:  http://www.tvfoodmaps.com/place1892.html
kaszeta
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Franklin BBQ in Austin, TX.............. 2012/03/10 20:44:49
I've been there, last April (and going again next month).  It was one of the few places I've been to that I can truly say was as good as I had been led to believe.
 
I've been to just about every other places in the Austin area.  All the places in Lockhart.   City Meat Market.  City Market.  Louie Muellers.  Salt Lick.  Even Snow's in Lexington.  Franklin had them all beat, by a measurable margin.
 
We got there two hours early, and we only barely at the front of the line (another group showed up minutes later).  I'm sure the line is worse now.
 
My review here: http://offbeateats.org/2011/04/franklin-barbecue/
kaszeta
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Franklin BBQ in Austin, TX.............. 2012/03/10 20:46:55
And for completeness, here's my breakfast at Snow's last year (if you are eating there, it will be at breakfast, since they are out by lunchtime):
 

 
Franklin has them beat by a mile.
MetroplexJim
Filet Mignon
Re:Franklin BBQ in Austin, TX.............. 2012/03/11 07:41:04
Thank you, Kaszeta!!!
 
Mrs. Metro and I have been "thinking" about a trip to Austin and, looking at the map and their hours, balks at the idea of visiting Snow's.  You may well have brought Peace to our household!  TYVM!!!
scrumptiouschef
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Franklin BBQ in Austin, TX.............. 2012/03/11 12:44:31
That's a damn good looking website
MetroplexJim
Filet Mignon
Re:Franklin BBQ in Austin, TX.............. 2012/03/11 14:18:09
scrumptiouschef

John Mueller, grandson of Louie Mueller of Taylor Texas recently challenged Aaron Franklin to a barbecue cook off http://www.scrumptiousche...premacy?adminview=true


BTW:  how would Tom & Bingos up in Lubbock "rank" were they to be in the Austin area?
kaszeta
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Franklin BBQ in Austin, TX.............. 2012/03/12 04:20:59
scrumptiouschef
That's a damn good looking website

Which one?
brisketboy
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Franklin BBQ in Austin, TX.............. 2012/03/12 09:53:32
I have long advocated the merits of the BBQ places in Lockhart...until I finally got to eat at Franklin's. This is not hype, it is really good barbeque, hands down. Once you've eaten here , the wait is inconsequential. I can't say it enough. I am a believer.
MetroplexJim
Filet Mignon
Re:Franklin BBQ in Austin, TX.............. 2012/03/12 16:07:13
As per Kaszeta and brisketboy...
 

Twinwillow
Sirloin
Re:Franklin BBQ in Austin, TX.............. 2012/03/12 17:01:06
The last time I was in Austin for a weekend visit with my son, we planned to hit Franklin's on Monday morning before I drove back to Dallas. Wouldn't you know it! It was the first time they started closing on Mondays!
stillcajun
Junior Burger
Re:Franklin BBQ in Austin, TX.............. 2012/03/13 11:35:33
I was there during Texas/OU this past October.  Ordered 2 lbs of each of brisket, sausage and ribs.  Sausage had a good snap to the casing and was juicy.  Definitely not the commercial stuff.  Really good.  I thought the ribs were good not outstanding but pretty solid which is better than what you get from most joints.  The brisket, however, was on a whole different level.  That's some divine stuff there.
 
I still say there's more than salt and pepper in the rub on the brisket.
scrumptiouschef
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Franklin BBQ in Austin, TX.............. 2012/03/13 13:31:58
MetroplexJim

scrumptiouschef

John Mueller, grandson of Louie Mueller of Taylor Texas recently challenged Aaron Franklin to a barbecue cook off http://www.scrumptiousche...premacy?adminview=true


BTW:  how would Tom & Bingos up in Lubbock "rank" were they to be in the Austin
 
area?

Tom and Bingos could open up here in Travis county and make good money. They're a mite pricey but on my Lubbock swing a couple months ago they were easily the best barbecue out that way.
 
Wiley's in Lubbock was pretty good too but one thing I noticed was that all the regulars were eating big platters of fried catfish and/or hamburgers.
 
Sort of like Top Hat Barbecue in Blount Springs Alabama. It's really more of a catfish house.
scrumptiouschef
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Franklin BBQ in Austin, TX.............. 2012/03/13 13:33:40
kaszeta

scrumptiouschef
That's a damn good looking website

Which one?

 
http://offbeateats.org/2011/04/franklin-barbecue/
scrumptiouschef
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Franklin BBQ in Austin, TX.............. 2012/03/13 13:36:58
stillcajun

I was there during Texas/OU this past October.  Ordered 2 lbs of each of brisket, sausage and ribs.  Sausage had a good snap to the casing and was juicy.  Definitely not the commercial stuff.  Really good.  I thought the ribs were good not outstanding but pretty solid which is better than what you get from most joints.  The brisket, however, was on a whole different level.  That's some divine stuff there.

I still say there's more than salt and pepper in the rub on the brisket.

Actually Franklin does use a commercial sausage. It's a good one but it's a commercial purveyor here in East Austin.
 
The only guy in town producing his own, scratch sausage is John Mueller, son of legendary pit boss Bobby and grandson of the icon, Louie.
 
Read about the redemption of this mercurial barbecue man here http://chowpapi.com/wordp....8.6/wordpress/?p=1950
Twinwillow
Sirloin
Re:Franklin BBQ in Austin, TX.............. 2012/03/13 19:09:04
scrumptiouschef




"Actually Franklin does use a commercial sausage. It's a good one but it's from a commercial purveyor here in East Austin".

 

 
Sausage from a "commercial purveyor" in East Austin would be good enough to be considered "house made" here in Dallas. 
post edited by Twinwillow - 2012/03/14 00:51:05
Louis
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Franklin BBQ in Austin, TX.............. 2012/03/13 20:56:06
I was just reading about Franklin BBQ in Texas Monthly this afternoon.  I've never been to Texas, but the reviews I've read about this place may get me there.  A rule of thumb: if the lines are that long when they first open up, that's a good sign that you won't be disappointed.
 
Twinwillow
Sirloin
Re:Franklin BBQ in Austin, TX.............. 2012/03/14 00:32:21
As it happens, Tony Bourdain just filmed an episode for "No Reservations" today at Franklin's BBQ.
http://sidedish.dmagazine...ghn-filming-in-austin/
post edited by Twinwillow - 2012/03/14 00:38:36
Foodbme
Porterhouse
Re:Franklin BBQ in Austin, TX.............. 2012/03/14 01:10:08
Twinwillow

As it happens, Tony Bourdain just filmed an episode for "No Reservations" today at Franklin's BBQ.
http://sidedish.dmagazine...ghn-filming-in-austin/

according to this article,
Daniel Vaughn, known to most of you as BBQ Snob and the man behind the blog “Full Custom Gospel BBQ”, is considered an xpert?? bbq critic. He only lists 2 places in his book as 6 star joints. One is Franklin's and the other is Fargo's Pit BBQ in Bryan, TX
How come I don't recall seeing any posts on RF about Fargo's??? Has anyone ever been there??
Twinwillow
Sirloin
Re:Franklin BBQ in Austin, TX.............. 2012/03/14 01:17:26
Probably not because Bryan, Texas is a small town near College Station in the middle of Texas between Georgetown on I-35 and Huntsville on I-45.
 
stillcajun
Junior Burger
Re:Franklin BBQ in Austin, TX.............. 2012/03/14 15:12:24
scrumptiouschef

Actually Franklin does use a commercial sausage. It's a good one but it's a commercial purveyor here in East Austin.


 
I give credit to the guy for finding a place that produces a good product like that.  When I say commercial its normally the eckrich variety that most places put on their "pits" (and I use that term loosely) around this area.
MetroplexJim
Filet Mignon
Re:Franklin BBQ in Austin, TX.............. 2012/03/14 15:31:39
Twinwillow

As it happens, Tony Bourdain just filmed an episode for "No Reservations" today at Franklin's BBQ.
http://sidedish.dmagazine...ghn-filming-in-austin/


That is most excellent.  I really enjoy Bourdain and his "work" which carries with it more than a whiff of the late, great Hunter S. Thompson.
kaszeta
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Franklin BBQ in Austin, TX.............. 2012/03/15 10:22:43
scrumptiouschef

kaszeta

scrumptiouschef
That's a damn good looking website

Which one?


http://offbeateats.org/2011/04/franklin-barbecue/

Thanks.  I was wondering if you were commenting on my site, I did a massive re-work on it last year, and have been relatively happy with the results.
The Franklin page is one of my most-viewed.  Especially around SXSW this year. 
Littleman
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Franklin BBQ in Austin, TX.............. 2012/03/25 11:01:15
http://www.fedmanwalking.com/content/bbq-city-limits-franklin-barbecue
 



 
post edited by Littleman - 2012/03/25 11:13:42
mcguirejohnr
Cheeseburger
Re:Franklin BBQ in Austin, TX.............. 2012/03/26 11:56:22
My FAVORITE Central TX BBQ stop.  Been there 3 times so far and think about it almost every day.  Other great ones that are right there in Austin are J. Muellers (outdoor serving from a trailer) and Stiles Switch (new place very near J. Muellers that opened a few months ago).
 
Post #27 and #35 in this thread have my impressions from the first 2 visits.  http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/Texas-BBQ-Road-Trip-in-October-m667712.aspx
post edited by mcguirejohnr - 2012/03/26 11:59:46
scrumptiouschef
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Franklin BBQ in Austin, TX.............. 2012/04/29 12:15:33
re:Stiles Switch being "near" John Mueller, it's near by Texas-standards, about ten miles north on Burnet Road, here's an article about the man Lance Kirkpatrick who's on the pit http://www.scrumptiousche...Stiles-Switch-Barbecue
scrumptiouschef
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Franklin BBQ in Austin, TX.............. 2012/04/29 12:27:39
stillcajun

I was there during Texas/OU this past October.  Ordered 2 lbs of each of brisket, sausage and ribs.  Sausage had a good snap to the casing and was juicy.  Definitely not the commercial stuff.  Really good.  I thought the ribs were good not outstanding but pretty solid which is better than what you get from most joints.  The brisket, however, was on a whole different level.  That's some divine stuff there.

I still say there's more than salt and pepper in the rub on the brisket.
Actually, the sausage at Franklin IS the commercial stuff, it's made by Texas Sausage Company, here's a pic of the man who makes that sausage, it's damn fine but cannot be compared to the handmade version that John Mueller makes from scratch http://www.scrumptiousche...ay-September-20th-2010   sorry for the repeat, Sunday morning coming down.

post edited by scrumptiouschef - 2012/04/29 12:32:12