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Franklin Barbecue

BBQ Joint$$$$
Central East Austin, Austin
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  • J M.
    J MFebruary 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.
    Upvoted Feb 5
  • 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
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • 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.
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