Texas BBQ Posse member Phil Lamb checks in after a visit to Franklin Barbecue’s new location at 900 E. 11th in Austin. Franklin’s former home, the little blue trailer at Concordia & I-35, quickly became a Texas BBQ legend.
Can pitmaster Aaron Franklin continue to produce what some call the best brisket in Texas at his new sit down restaurant? That’s the million dollar question among Texas BBQ followers.
I had another great BBQ lunch at Franklin this afternoon. My uncle and I did 1 lb. brisket (lean), 1 lb. brisket (fatty), 2 lbs ribs and 2 sausage links. All were outstanding. Lots of smoke, great bark.
I would eat here every day if lived in Austin and had time to stand in the line. I landed at 9:30 a.m., got a cab at the airport and arrived at Franklin at 10:05 a.m. There were already two people in front of me.
The big question: is the quality the same? Well, I don’t think Aaron has missed a beat with the move. It’s still the same ol’ amazing BBQ. No difference at all.
Franklin Barbecue, 900 E. 11th, Austin, (512) 653-1187. Open Sun-Sat, 11 a.m.-until the meat runs out.
Photos by Phil Lamb