Dallas Morning News colleague Michael Ainsworth was recently on assignment in Austin when he asked advice on which barbeque joint to visit on his way back to Dallas. I directed him to Franklin BBQ, a little place in Austin that's been generating big buzz lately on the Texas BBQ trail.

Michael arrived at the auqa blue and white trailer located in a parking lot beside I-35 around 2pm on a Wednesday. They were about to close but still had brisket left. Franklins is a "til the meat runs" out place when it comes to a closing time.

He messaged me 30 minutes later saying this was the best meal he'd ever had in his life. Even better, he brought some big chunks of brisket back to Dallas. That meat tasted just as good sitting in my living room in Dallas later that evening as it did for Michael sitting at a picnic table outside the little trailer that could.

Franklin Barbecue, 3421 N. I-35, Austin, TX 78722, (512) 653-1187. Open Wed. - Sun. 11am-4pm or when the meat runs out.

(Photos by Michael Ainsworth)

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