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Franklin Barbecue

BBQ Joint · Central East Austin
900 E 11th St (at Branch St), Austin, TX 78702, United States
Hours:
Closed until 11:00 AM Tuesday (Show more)
  • Tue–Sun
    • 11:00 AM–2:00 PM
Price:
$$$$
Reservations:
No
Menus:
Breakfast, Lunch
Drinks:
Beer, Wine
Credit Cards:
Yes
Wi-Fi:
Yes
Outdoor Seating:
Yes
9.3/10

Based on 793 votes

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    Chris H.
    "Best fatty brisket (the moist) and best brisket I've ever had."(12 Tips)
    Amanda S.
    "Brisket is great but the Tipsy Texan is the best!!"(9 Tips)
    exfm
    "Believe the hype, this is hands down the best BBQ in Austin."(7 Tips)
    Ariel S.
    "Also, don't forget to leave some room for the amazing banana pie!"(6 Tips)
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  • brisket
  • ribs
  • tipsy texan
  • pulled pork
  • lively
  • authentic
  • casual
  • good for groups
  • family-friendly
  • great value
  • sausage
  • bourbon
  • cozy
  • breakfast food
  • turkey
  • espresso
  • beef
  • sweet tea
  • comfortable
  • burnt ends
  • JenKudu

    SERIOUSLY the BEST BRISKET I've EVER EATEN!!! Talk about a food high afterwards. We went on a Wednesday at 12:20 and sat down with our food at 1:50pm. The sausage is delicious. Pass on the pulled pork

    JenKudu · 12 hours ago
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  • Danielle O.

    Everything!!!

    Danielle Orange · 5 days ago
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  • Marion

    I got on line at 10:15am on a Tuesday and sat down with my BBQ at 1:05. Totally worth it. Remembering the ribs and brisket brings a tear to my eye.

    Marion · 1 week ago
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  • Christine H.

    World famous. Extra moist brisket a must. Long-ass wait. You can call in a large order 1 month in advance but don't be late for pickup time. 🍖

    Christine Ha · 1 week ago
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  • Seth D.

    Don't get me wrong, fatty brisket and ribs were great but, standing in line for 6 hours and price makes it not worthwhile.

    Seth Douangaphaivong · 3 weeks ago
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  • Nikos C.

    Oh my. Just take a 1/2p of brisket. Enjoy!

    Nikos Chr · 3 weeks ago
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  • Jana

    Totally worth it!

    Jana · 3 weeks ago
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  • Jeremy P.

    Don't fight the hype. It's SO good. The line sucks, but it's an experience. I loved the ribs, the brisket, and all the damn sides.

    Jeremy Peronto · 3 weeks ago
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  • Scott S.

    Brisket and ribs are king here. Is it worth the wait? Sure, bring some chairs and friends, and make a day of it.

    Scott S. · March 27
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  • Eater

    The hours-long line that forms every morning alongside Aaron Franklin’s turquoise-trimmed pilgrimage site may be more famous than the food itself, but let’s be clear: your wait is rewarded. Read more

    Eater · March 16
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  • Dell

    Based on all the hype, this is some of the best BBQ in the country. Believe the hype. Three-hour lines for the 15-hour-smoked brisket are routine. They open at 11. Get in line by 8.

    Dell · March 9
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  • Deja W.

    Awesome brisket & the espresso sauce is great as well! The wait is definitely the experience!

    Deja Whitmore · March 6
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  • Kelly W.

    Pull out those lawn chairs and crack open some beer because you are going to be there for a minute - and when I say a minute I mean 4-5 hours if you get there at 8am. They open at 11am. Brisket!!!!!!!

    Kelly Wong · March 4
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  • Russell H.

    Waited on Tues at 9:30am and had food by 12:30. Chairs under stairs to borrow while waiting. Transparent about wait times and beer is sold in line. Sausage flavorless. Ribs and brisket amazing.

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  • Terence L.

    The brisket is worth the wait.

    Terence Lau · January 21
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  • Ada W.

    Best...brisket...ever...seriously. Born and raised in Texas, and this was the best brisket of my life. I would wait 10hrs for it, but I only had to wait 3. Ribs were crazy good!

    Ada Warren · January 19
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  • Christian V.

    Everything! Eat it all!!!

    Christian Velasco · January 14
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  • Jess N.

    You need to be here EARLY - there will be a queue from 7am, even during the middle of winter. Make sure you ask for the fattiest bit of brisket to literally die and go to meat heaven.

    Jess Nichols · December 30, 2015
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  • Lesley R.

    Seriously, best brisket EVER! Waited 4.5hrs with no regrets. This is a life TO DO! Think tailgating for BBQ. Bring mimosas and your favorite breakfast taco - and hope for fun line buddies!

    Lesley Robinson · December 29, 2015
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  • WEI W.

    Went there twice, once at 1pm and once at 11AM, and didn't get a chance to taste the food there neither time!

    WEI WEI · December 25, 2015
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  • Jose M.

    You can order a month ahead if you buy in bulk. Brisket is killer.

    Jose Montenegro · December 18, 2015
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  • Emily C.

    If you don't buy a Bourbon Banana Pie you are missing out completely. (The BBQ is of course delicious as well. )

    Emily Charlton · December 11, 2015
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  • Felipe V.

    Amazing barbecue! I had to wait 3 hours in line for it, but totally worth it! It's the mecca for meat lovers

    Felipe Veiga · November 22, 2015
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  • David

    Love the brisket.

    David · November 19, 2015
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  • Terence C.

    Get here by 915 and wait until 130... No thanks

    Terence Chan · November 14, 2015
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  • Andres N.

    You can place a preorder about a month in advance by emailing them (check the website for the date/time specifics) if you really want to avoid the line. https://franklinbarbecue.com/preorders/

    Andres Novoa · November 11, 2015
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  • Stephen H.

    Holy shit. The hype is ALL true. Worth the multi hour wait in line. Recommend the brisket and pulled pork.

    Stephen Harvey · October 27, 2015
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  • Ben F.

    Fatty brisket. You won't be disappoint

    Ben Frye · October 18, 2015
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  • Snooty Waiter

    Get there before 7:45am so you can be in the shade, under the building while you wait. Bring a chair, bring water, bring beer, bring a snack...yes a snack. You'll be waiting for 3 plus hours.

    Snooty Waiter · September 25, 2015
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  • Huntur Y.

    This is the Vatican of bbq! Best in the country for meat worship!

    Huntur Younge · September 19, 2015
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  • Tony T.

    1 of the 2 most famous and loved bbq joints in Texas

    Tony T · September 15, 2015
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  • Robert M.

    Always sold out! Why even bother..

    Robert M. · September 14, 2015
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  • Melon L.

    You don't have license (pseudo or otherwise) to speak on barbecue unless you've eaten here. Don't miss the beef ribs on Saturdays.

    Melon L · September 9, 2015
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  • Brent M.

    Totally worth the wait. Bring line drinks for the time outside.

    Brent Miller · September 8, 2015
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  • Jennifer T.

    The only reason you come here is for brisket

    Jennifer Thomas · August 26, 2015
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  • Alex L.

    The hype is real. Moist brisket is what you come for. Guaranteed to melt in your mouth.

    Alex Lepoutre · August 23, 2015
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  • Kathryn A.

    Worth the wait for the melt in your mouth brisket. And experience.

    Kathryn Anderson · August 10, 2015
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  • Carlos R.

    While I do enjoy a variety of barbecue joints, special guests and special occasions demand Franklin. The brisket is awesome, but don't kid yourself -- you can't miss no matter what you get here.

    Carlos Ross · August 6, 2015
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  • ChantalixiousZz L.

    The long line was definitely worth it. The staff is super nice and makes you feel so comfortable. I will definitely come back

    ChantalixiousZz LaDiva · August 3, 2015
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  • Peter V.

    Try everything. Not just the brisket. smoked turkey was drenched in butter. Heavenly

    Peter V · July 27, 2015
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  • Kingsley Y.

    Featured on Unique Eats. The BBQ looks rather good.

    Kingsley Younger · July 25, 2015
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  • Bob

    Closed July 20-30

    Bob · July 17, 2015
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  • Wendi P.

    The brisket,and the ribs !!!

    Wendi Presley · July 8, 2015
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  • Desmond F.

    Get the brisket fatty, it's amazing.

    Desmond F. · July 2, 2015
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  • Reynaldo M.

    Brisket💯. Ribs💯. The National Beer of Texas💯.

    Reynaldo Macias · June 20, 2015
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  • Lucile H.

    Tipsy Texan is perfect

    Lucile Hecht · May 30, 2015
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  • Margarita A.

    Franklin bbq owner Aaron Franklin won Best Chef: Southwest Honors at the 25th annual James Beard Awards (2015). Congrats Chef🍴

    Margarita Anderson · May 5, 2015
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  • Christoph P.

    Turkey, brisket, sausage and definitely the pies!

    Christoph P · April 25, 2015
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  • Matt L.

    Everything is so good, but you can't visit Texas without brisket.

    Matt Lucht · April 5, 2015
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