Franklin Barbecue

900 E 11th St (at Branch St), Austin, TX 78702
Closed until 11:00am (Show more)
  • Tue–Sun
    • 11:00 AM–2:00 PM
$ $ $ $
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch
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  • "... fall off the bone, best fatty brisket (get the two meat plate), sweet tea, & if..." (3 tips)
  • "Wait on line for the best BBQ in Austin - it's WORTH it!! Best brisket of a BBQ..." (5 tips)
  • "The Tipsy Texan makes your inner carnivore wanna do a happy..." (7 tips)
  • 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 T. · 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 B. · 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 H. · September 4, 2012
  • Chris H.

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

    Chris H. · March 10, 2013
  • Rey J.

    Franklin's brisket will change your life.

    Rey J. · March 7, 2012
  • 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 R. · March 9, 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
  • Miko M.

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

    Miko M. · March 18, 2011
  • Ana V.

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

    Ana V. · May 24, 2013
  • Paul L.

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

    Paul L. · March 15, 2011
  • 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
  • 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 B. · March 7, 2012
  • 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
  • Pursarth T.

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

    Pursarth T. · 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 P. · March 13, 2012
  • Kyle B.

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

    Kyle B. · August 3, 2011
  • 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
  • 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 R. · October 8, 2012
  • Scott H.

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

    Scott H. · October 24, 2011
  • Michael C.

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

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

    this is the best bbq in the world

    I Realty C. · 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
  • Chris H.

    Best brisket, period!

    Chris H. · March 10, 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 B. · December 14, 2011
  • Brent C.

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

    Brent C. · July 16, 2011
  • Schultzcore

    Try the Brisket, Pulled Pork, Sausage & Pork Ribs - The BEST BBQ in Texas! (via @Foodspotting)

    Schultzcore · May 6, 2011
  • Cody H.

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

    Cody H. · March 13, 2011
  • Pete N.

    Get the brisket!

    Pete N. · February 6
  • 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 C. · 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 A. · 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 S. · May 6, 2013
  • Social N.

    Doors open @ 11am but make no mistake: if you get there @ 11 you likely will not taste the city's best brisket. People start lining up as early as 9am to get a good spot in line but its well worth it.

    Social N. · April 19, 2013
  • Will F.

    Fatty Brisket. Do it.

    Will F. · April 6, 2013
  • Official smart USA

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

    Official smart USA · April 5, 2013
  • 🆗🆒Lindsey W.

    Shelby & Colin, the long line is worth it.

    🆗🆒Lindsey W. · March 8, 2013
  • shana

    So far, the BEST BBQ! Ribs fall off the bone, best fatty brisket (get the two meat plate), sweet tea, & if you want your meal in one, get the Tipsy Texan. Worth the 2-3hr wait. Too late, keep waiting!

    shana · February 23, 2013
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    Somchai R. · June 19, 2013

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