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Franklin Barbecue

BBQ Joint$$$$
Central East Austin, Austin
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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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  • Nick L.
    Nick Lovelady2 days ago
    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 Tibbetts2 weeks ago
    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 Teague3 weeks ago
    All the Meats were AWESOME
  • Paul A.
    Paul Adw3 weeks ago
    #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.
    Amazing brisket, best ever. All the Smoked food is awesome. Do the preorder and avoid the line.
  • Eater
    EaterJuly 21
    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.
    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
    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.
    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.
    Don't waste your time with getting the sides. It's a carnivore's paradise...
  • Earl B.
    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
    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.
    Brisket is best in it's class
  • Nils T.
    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
    Brisket is by far the best I've ever
  • JenKudu
    JenKuduMay 1
    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.
    Everything!!!
  • Marion
    MarionApril 21
    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
    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
    Oh my. Just take a 1/2p of brisket. Enjoy!
  • Jana
    JanaApril 8
    Totally worth it!
  • 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.
  • Scott S.
    Scott S.March 27
    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
    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
    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.
    Awesome brisket & the espresso sauce is great as well! The wait is definitely the experience!
  • Kelly W.
    Kelly WongMarch 4
    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.
    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
    The brisket is worth the wait.
  • Ada W.
    Ada WarrenJanuary 19
    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.
    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/
    Upvoted Jul 4
  • Stephen H.
    Stephen HarveyOctober 27, 2015
    Holy shit. The hype is ALL true. Worth the multi hour wait in line. Recommend the brisket and pulled pork.
  • 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!
  • Tony T.
    Tony 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
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