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Franklin Barbecue

BBQ Joint$$$$
Central East Austin, Austin
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  • Luiz P.
    Luiz Poppi2 weeks ago
    Brisket is amazing
  • Robert B.
    Make sure you get some beans.
  • Robert B.
    You know the food will be amazing. But the staff was top notch.
  • Michael S.
    Michael S.July 15
    The Tipsy Texan
  • Christian B.
    Brisket, beef ribs and pulled pork were highlights. Best beef ribs I have ever had. Overall best BBQ I have had the chance to enjoy. Well worth the wait. They also had some mini pies that were good.
  • Ben T.
    Ben ThomaJune 1
    Top 10 Brisket: 2017 Texas Monthly Best BBQ Issue
  • Karen L.
    Karen LinMay 30
    You can preorder a month in advance but minimum of 5lbs in your order. I highly recommend this option if you can plan this far in advance. I only waited 10 minutes from when they finished prepping.
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Nick M.
    Try to get in line close to 8 am. This place is very famous for BBQ. The brisket was perfect. Great atmosphere even in line.
  • Nick J.
    Believe the hype. The brisket and ribs are incredible. Transported home and reheated the brisket is still better than anything available in London.
  • James T.
    The Brisket (and all BBQ) is unreal. Come hungry and order ahead if you can plan
  • Dustyn W.
    Get a bit of everything. The brisket and turkey are life changing. Grab an Austin Beerworks Blood Orange IPA while you wait and a Lone Star to wash it all down. Be happy. You've arrived.
  • Kara W.
    Kara WApril 24
    Yes, it's worth the wait.
  • Amaury
    AmauryApril 21
    Hands down best meat I've ever had in my whole life. All of it! The brisket was out of this world. The staff puts the heart and soul into this place and you can taste it.
  • Christopher F.
    I've been blessed with many things in this life: A cock like a burmese python, and the mind of a fucking scientist. But never have I ever tasted such wickedly delightful BBQ. Show up early for heaven
  • Guf
    GufApril 17
    Best BBQ in the country. Worth the wait. Bring chairs if you get there after 9 am. Try all the meat. Think 0.5 lbs is perfect per person without sides. Could be 0.75 if literally starving.
  • Bria L.
    Bria LangerApril 14
    Best barbecue I've ever had in my entire life and I'm approaching 30 and from Nebraska. (I've had aplenty) WORTH THE WAIT. The brisket is insane.
  • Doug B.
    Doug BaerMarch 31
    GET THE BRISKET
  • steen
    steenFebruary 21
    Get here early or else they do sell out (we lined up at 9 and ate at 1 on a Tuesday). Brisket and Pork ribs are winners and the banana bourbon pie is also a dark horse so get it!!
  • Micki B.
    Micki BalderJanuary 22
    Worth it. Worth it worth it worth it. And the line was so much fun! Get the brisket, mix of fatty and lean.
  • Eater
    EaterJanuary 19
    Like seeing the Grand Canyon or the Statue of Liberty, everyone should experience the long waits and ample rewards of Franklin Barbecue at least once. Read more
  • Paige C.
    Paige CJanuary 16
    Best brisket I've ever had! Their pickles, potato salad and pies were all amazing too. Secret tip: you can call in your order days/weeks in advance and pick it up!
  • Derek J.
    Derek JobstJanuary 10
    Even if you're just flying through - extend that layover and stop by Franklin's.
  • Jennifer M.
    You have to arrive at 9am, they open at 11.
  • Priscilla C.
    Priscilla ChoiDecember 16, 2016
    email ahead to order 5lbs or more to skip the line
  • Staff Picks
    Staff PicksDecember 6, 2016
    Franklin Barbecue was one of the more wished for places throughout 2015’s I Want Somewhere holiday campaign. Where’s your somewhere? Enter to win a bucket list experience. Read more
  • Jodie M.
    Jodie MDecember 3, 2016
    Stand in line as early as 6am or 7am to reduce the wait time of 4-5 hours. Nonetheless, waiting in line is an experience in itself ;)
  • Scott W.
    Scott WilliamsDecember 2, 2016
    Best BBQ in the country!
  • James B.
    James BatesNovember 22, 2016
    Most amazing meat I've ever eaten. Believe the hype - get their early (7-8am), even on weekdays
  • Barron R.
    Barron RothNovember 2, 2016
    Never got to go, but this is considered to be the best BBQ in TX. Sells out before noon usually. They go here in "Chef".
  • Dan U.
    Dan UckoOctober 24, 2016
    Brisket to die for!
  • Araceli C.
    Araceli CervantesOctober 12, 2016
    Best bbq EVER!
  • Sheila
    SheilaOctober 9, 2016
    Sadly, I didn't enjoy this legendary BBQ like I thought I would. Even after waiting 5 hours in the rain for it. It's merely ok. Brokenhearted? Yes. Try Rudy's instead.
  • Ed V.
    Ed VincentOctober 9, 2016
    This is at the top of my list. I say that having been to some excellent BBQ places. It was all good, but all I need is some brisket.
  • Alice L.
    Alice Lilo MorseSeptember 28, 2016
    It's all delicious, that brisket though... I dream about it
  • Dan F.
    Dan FaNiSeptember 26, 2016
    The brisket was amazing!!!
  • Robert G.
    Robert GutierrezSeptember 9, 2016
    Everything was awesome, and staff was so friendly, my kind of place. Highly recommend.
  • Jiesu L.
    Jiesu LeeAugust 29, 2016
    I'll take a pound of everythingggg. Hands down the best bbq in the US
  • Nick L.
    Nick LoveladyAugust 25, 2016
    BEST brisket I've ever eaten, no question. Plan to be in the line, bring a cooler and friends, and have a good time.
  • Hollis T.
    Hollis TibbettsAugust 7, 2016
    OH WOW...this brisket could change your life. Try to convince someone else to go get Brisket at Franklin BBQ... and pick some up for you while there ;)
  • Eddie T.
    Eddie TeagueAugust 5, 2016
    All the Meats were AWESOME
  • Paul A.
    Paul AdwAugust 4, 2016
    #FoodPorn lover here : we spent 4 hours waiting outside by 100°F (39°C) and God know I hate waiting. But if I'm honest I have to say : TOTALLY WORTH IT. Get the moist Brisket!
  • Joel T.
    Joel TortorielloJuly 22, 2016
    Amazing brisket, best ever. All the Smoked food is awesome. Do the preorder and avoid the line.
  • Eater
    EaterJuly 21, 2016
    The brisket deserves the queue. It’s a feat of meat uncanny in its poise between salt and smoke and in its utter, irrefutable pleasure. Read more
  • Matt H.
    Matt HackettJuly 19, 2016
    The classic BBQ spot in Austin. The one with the notorious hours-long line. Get there an hour before opening, no joke.
  • Mike F.
    Mike FitchJune 26, 2016
    Everything is fantastic, but the brisket is the star. Don't let the crowd scare you, the eclectic crowd just adds to the atmosphere
  • Marvin G.
    Marvin GilbertJune 19, 2016
    The epitome of smoked meats !!! It was well worth the wait. Aaron and his team are the most welcome people I've met in a long time. I will definitely be coming back.
  • Antwan N.
    Antwan NicholsonJune 17, 2016
    Don't waste your time with getting the sides. It's a carnivore's paradise...
  • Earl B.
    Earl Belcher JrJune 12, 2016
    Brisket is exquisite. Get both fatty & lean. Worth the wait in line but get there early cuz they run out of ribs & turkey by 1 & pulled pork by 2. Pulled pork & sausage were very good. Perfect bark.
  • PureWow
    PureWowJune 6, 2016
    This hot spot doesn't open until 11 a.m, but you'll have to line up outside at around 9 to get your hands on a legendary Tipsy Texan--a heaping pile of brisket, coleslaw, pickles and sausage on a bun. Read more
  • Nils T.
    Nils TimmermannMay 22, 2016
    Brisket is best in it's class
  • Nils T.
    Nils TimmermannMay 22, 2016
    The Best BBQ in Texas!!! Wirth the wait and make sure you order plenty so you can take something home.
  • Ed S.
    Ed SengMay 9, 2016
    Brisket is by far the best I've ever
  • JenKudu
    JenKuduMay 1, 2016
    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
  • Danielle O.
    Danielle OrangeApril 27, 2016
    Everything!!!
  • Marion
    MarionApril 21, 2016
    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.
  • Christine H.
    Christine HaApril 18, 2016
    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. 🍖
  • 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.
  • Nikos C.
    Nikos ChrApril 8, 2016
    Oh my. Just take a 1/2p of brisket. Enjoy!
  • Jana
    JanaApril 8, 2016
    Totally worth it!
  • Jeremy P.
    Jeremy PerontoApril 7, 2016
    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.
  • Scott S.
    Scott S.March 27, 2016
    Brisket and ribs are king here. Is it worth the wait? Sure, bring some chairs and friends, and make a day of it.
  • Eater
    EaterMarch 16, 2016
    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
  • Dell
    DellMarch 9, 2016
    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.
  • Deja W.
    Deja WhitmoreMarch 6, 2016
    Awesome brisket & the espresso sauce is great as well! The wait is definitely the experience!
  • Kelly W.
    Kelly WongMarch 4, 2016
    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!!!!!!!
  • Russell H.
    Russell HirschornMarch 4, 2016
    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.
  • Terence L.
    Terence LauJanuary 21, 2016
    The brisket is worth the wait.
  • Ada W.
    Ada WarrenJanuary 19, 2016
    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!
  • Christian V.
    Christian VelascoJanuary 14, 2016
    Everything! Eat it all!!!
  • Jess N.
    Jess NicholsDecember 30, 2015
    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.
  • Lesley R.
    Lesley RobinsonDecember 29, 2015
    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!
  • WEI W.
    WEI WEIDecember 25, 2015
    Went there twice, once at 1pm and once at 11AM, and didn't get a chance to taste the food there neither time!
  • Jose M.
    Jose MontenegroDecember 18, 2015
    You can order a month ahead if you buy in bulk. Brisket is killer.
  • Emily C.
    Emily CharltonDecember 11, 2015
    If you don't buy a Bourbon Banana Pie you are missing out completely. (The BBQ is of course delicious as well. )
  • Felipe V.
    Felipe VeigaNovember 22, 2015
    Amazing barbecue! I had to wait 3 hours in line for it, but totally worth it! It's the mecca for meat lovers
  • David
    DavidNovember 19, 2015
    Love the brisket.
  • Terence C.
    Terence ChanNovember 14, 2015
    Get here by 915 and wait until 130... No thanks
  • Andres N.
    Andres NovoaNovember 11, 2015
    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/
  • Ben F.
    Ben FryeOctober 18, 2015
    Fatty brisket. You won't be disappoint
  • Snooty Waiter
    Snooty WaiterSeptember 25, 2015
    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.
  • Huntur Y.
    Huntur YoungeSeptember 19, 2015
    This is the Vatican of bbq! Best in the country for meat worship!
  • Tiger T.
    Tiger TSeptember 15, 2015
    1 of the 2 most famous and loved bbq joints in Texas
  • Robert M.
    Robert M.September 14, 2015
    Always sold out! Why even bother..
  • Melon L.
    Melon LSeptember 9, 2015
    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.
  • Brent M.
    Brent MillerSeptember 8, 2015
    Totally worth the wait. Bring line drinks for the time outside.
  • Jennifer T.
    Jennifer ThomasAugust 26, 2015
    The only reason you come here is for brisket
  • Alex L.
    Alex LepoutreAugust 23, 2015
    The hype is real. Moist brisket is what you come for. Guaranteed to melt in your mouth.
  • Kathryn A.
    Kathryn AndersonAugust 10, 2015
    Worth the wait for the melt in your mouth brisket. And experience.
  • Carlos R.
    Carlos RossAugust 6, 2015
    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.
  • 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
  • Peter V.
    Peter VJuly 27, 2015
    Try everything. Not just the brisket. smoked turkey was drenched in butter. Heavenly
  • Kingsley Y.
    Kingsley YoungerJuly 25, 2015
    Featured on Unique Eats. The BBQ looks rather good.
  • Bob
    BobJuly 17, 2015
    Closed July 20-30
  • Wendi P.
    Wendi PresleyJuly 8, 2015
    The brisket,and the ribs !!!
  • Desmond F.
    Desmond F.July 2, 2015
    Get the brisket fatty, it's amazing.
  • Reynaldo M.
    Reynaldo MaciasJune 20, 2015
    Brisket💯. Ribs💯. The National Beer of Texas💯.
  • Lucile H.
    Lucile HechtMay 30, 2015
    Tipsy Texan is perfect
  • Margarita A.
    Franklin bbq owner Aaron Franklin won Best Chef: Southwest Honors at the 25th annual James Beard Awards (2015). Congrats Chef🍴
  • Christoph P.
    Christoph PApril 25, 2015
    Turkey, brisket, sausage and definitely the pies!
  • Matt L.
    Matt LuchtApril 5, 2015
    Everything is so good, but you can't visit Texas without brisket.
  • Constanza C.
    Constanza CervantesOctober 5, 2015
    Valen la pena las horas de fila!
  • Ricardo B.
    Adoro a costelinha ao molho de barbecue
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