Franklin Barbecue

900 E 11th St (at Branch St), Austin, TX 78702, United States
Closed until 11:00 AM (Show more)
  • Tue–Sun
    • 11:00 AM–2:00 PM
$ $ $ $
Breakfast, Lunch
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  • Hollis T.

    AVOID FRANKLIN BBQ at all costs. YOU WILL NEVER ENJOY BRISKET ANYWHERE ELSE AGAIN. I'm a brisket pig - could eat it every day. Since Franklin's, all other briskets taste...lame. I GOTTA HAVE MORE MORE

    Hollis Tibbetts · May 25, 2013
  • SoundCloud

    For the meat eaters amongst us: this is the best bbq in the world. You will have to wait an hour for your food but don't fret, you will be satisfied. Pro tip: try the brisket

    SoundCloud · March 4, 2012
  • Cooking Channel

    This roadside mobile restaurant doesn't merely churn out some of the best barbecue on the block, it makes some of the best brisket, ribs and pulled pork in the entire country. Fatty Brisket is a must.

    Cooking Channel · February 28, 2012
  • Kyle B.

    The hype is absolutely for real: this is the best BBQ in the U.S. You can't go wrong regardless of what you choose, but the brisket is the MVP of the lineup. But get here early, they will sell out.

    Kyle Bunch · August 16, 2011
  • Eater

    They produce what has quickly become one of Austin's, if not Texas', most talked-about barbecue. It's so good they regularly run out of meat shortly after opening: get there early. [Eater 38 Member]

    Eater · July 30, 2012
  • MTV

    Bethany of Best Coast is obsessed with Franklin Barbecue. Try their brisket and you won’t be sorry.

    MTV · March 14, 2013
  • Austin Chronicle

    You'd better circle the wagons early if you want to snag some of Franklin's world-famous brisket. It has a smoky and spicy bark, a deep smoke ring, and is exceedingly moist and tender. Perfection. Read more

    Austin Chronicle · June 18, 2013
  • The Wall Street Journal

    Reader tip: If you want BBQ in Austin you must go to Franklin's. If you want to bypass the line, place your order for pickup now. Read more

    The Wall Street Journal · March 1, 2013
  • Melissa H.

    Anthony Bourdain says Its a religious experience #noreservations

    Melissa Hess · September 4, 2012
  • Ana V.

    Bring foldable chairs, get here around 9a, order a lot, & don't bring annoying ppl = enjoyable experience.

    Ana Velazquez · May 24, 2013
  • Rey J.

    Franklin's brisket will change your life.

    Rey Junco · March 7, 2012
  • Chris H.

    Best fatty brisket (the moist) and best brisket I've ever had. Period.

    Chris Heuer · March 10, 2013
  • Serious Eats

    Get Everything: You've waited in line for over two hours to get the food. Our advice is to load up. Barbecue reheats well, and the last thing you want is to run out of food and have to wait again.

    Serious Eats · February 28, 2013
  • John B.

    One time I ate a whole pound of super moist brisket, a sausage, and a side of beans at this place. Then I promptly threw it up in the airplane bathroom. Eat here. But don't do that.

    John Barbarian · March 7, 2012
  • Miko M.

    Wait on line for the best BBQ in Austin - it's WORTH it!! Best brisket of a BBQ junkie's life

    Miko Mercer · March 18, 2011
  • Matt R.

    1. fatty brisket. 2. pulled pork. 3. ribs. maybe a sausage or two... go home and hit yourself if you order turkey or lean brisket. get some slaw and the bean stuff.

    Matt Restivo · March 9, 2013
  • Thrillist

    The lauded 'Q trailer has just gone brick 'n mortar, adding a third monstrous 12ft smoker and slinging their Meyer all-natural Angus out of an interior that actually harks back to the trailer days. Read more

    Thrillist · June 11, 2013
  • Nom Nom PR

    BEST BBQ in the WORLD! Better get in line by 10 am before they sell out, usually by 1 or 2. Better yet, if you're in the neighborhood and the line is not too long, make a detour.

    Nom Nom PR · May 3, 2012
  • Paul L.

    Get here early - they open at 11am and run out by 1.30pm!

    Paul Lomax · March 15, 2011
  • Eat Your World

    Try all the BBQ, but don't miss the perfectly smoked brisket. Request it fatty for truly sublime, supple, moist beef. This place proves you don’t have to leave the city to find great BBQ. Go early! Read more

    Eat Your World · January 16, 2012
  • Kyle B.

    The raves are true, the brisket here is as good as you're going to find on the planet.

    Kyle Bunch · August 3, 2011
  • Pursarth T.

    If you are on death row and they ask you what you want for your last meal - make it Franklin Barbecue.

    Pursarth Tuladhar · December 30, 2012
  • Jeighsen ®.

    When they say keep Austin Weird just come here and view the people in line aound 10:30. You won't be disappointed. And the food is amazing as well. Also CNN was here on October 9, 2012 filming.

    Jeighsen ® · October 9, 2012
  • Thomas P.

    This place is a must visit. Excellent brisket and ribs. The Bourbon Banana pie -- killer finish to an awesome meal.

    Thomas Plunkett · March 13, 2012
  • ArtJonak

    Originally a trailer, this brick-and-mortar BBQ in East Austin has super-fine brisket plus pulled pork and other exceptional simple smoked meats. Opens at 11 am and closes whenever the eats run out.

    ArtJonak · March 11, 2013
  • Chris H.

    Best brisket, period!

    Chris Hershberger · March 10, 2013
  • National Car Rental

    Franklin’s BBQ has become an Austin legend. Be aware that there is always a line but it is well worth the wait. Bon Appetit named them Best BBQ in America last year. Try it and you’ll understand.

    National Car Rental · January 3, 2013
  • Miriam R.

    Amazing brisket and ribs! Friendly staff!!!

    Miriam Ramirez · October 8, 2012
  • Scott H.

    Get there early and prepare to wait in line. It's all worth it!

    Scott Henderson · October 24, 2011
  • francesca l.

    This is where God eats!

    francesca lopez · June 13, 2014
  • Kelly W.

    Get. Here. Early.

    Kelly Williams · May 14, 2014
  • Michael C.

    One of the few places in the world that I don't mind waiting for food. Worth it.

    Michael Champagne · September 9, 2013
  • I Realty C.

    this is the best bbq in the world

    I Realty Connect · May 19, 2013
  • KitchenAid

    While there is a large debate over the best BBQ in Austin, line up early in the morning at Franklin and let the brisket speak for itself.

    KitchenAid · April 25, 2013
  • smartUSA

    You’ll find some of Texas’s finest brisket here, at this finger licking good BBQ joint.

    smartUSA · March 8, 2013
  • Serious Eats

    Slow-smoking the brisket for up to 15 hours leads to barbecue on par with, and sometimes even better than, some of the storied Hill Country joints.

    Serious Eats · March 7, 2013
  • Serious Eats

    All the meats are available as sandwiches, and if you want to go the sandwich route, we suggest the Tipsy Texan, which gives you a pile of beef and sausage along with some kraut in a buttered bun.

    Serious Eats · February 28, 2013
  • Mike H.

    Arrive at least an hour before they open. The line forms early.

    Mike H · October 28, 2012
  • Jesse B.

    This is the "Phantom Menace" of bar b q joints. Bring your lawn chair and camp out the night before.

    Jesse Brede · December 14, 2011
  • Brent C.

    Get there by 10am at the latest if you want food.

    Brent Canady · July 16, 2011
  • Schultzcore

    Try the Brisket, Pulled Pork, Sausage & Pork Ribs - The BEST BBQ in Texas!

    Schultzcore · May 6, 2011
  • Cody H.

    May be the best BBQ I've ever had!!

    Cody Hardin · March 13, 2011
  • Beth B.

    We got to try a prime rib that was absolutely heavenly and the brisket was definitely the best, just amazing, mouthwatering meat, juicy and meltingly tender with smokey flavor and a nice crust.

    Beth B. · 3 weeks ago
  • Eater

    Eater National 38 member: Not only is the brisket so silken that, beyond the charred exterior, it has an almost pudding-like texture. It’s also incredibly consistent. Read more

    Eater · January 20
  • Hadrian S.

    Everything is awesome but have to get there early before running out of food ... country best bbq:-)

    Hadrian Smith · October 2, 2014
  • Kevin C.

    Bbq is off the hook!!!

    Kevin Chalmers · August 18, 2014
  • Pete N.

    Get the brisket!

    Pete Nelson · February 6, 2014
  • Joseph C.

    Get there early and take a chair. Loved the ribs and turkey. Brisket and sausage were good. Didn't get to try the pulled pork. 8-(

    Joseph Campos · October 11, 2013
  • Omar A.

    The best brisket I have ever had. Super super moist. Ribs fall off the none and have great seasoning. Turkey is also very moist. Definitely worth the wait.

    Omar Avitia · October 5, 2013
  • Andrew S.

    Some of the best BBQ around, but consider how many other Amazing BBQ joints around The capital of Texas you could drive to in the time it would take you. saint sauce be with you.

    Andrew Sanderson · May 6, 2013