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Franklin Barbecue

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Our Tip 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.
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What To Expect at Franklin Barbecue in Austin (Besides The Finest Barbecue in All The Land)

What To Expect at Franklin Barbecue in Austin (Besides The Finest Barbecue in All The Land)

It was only through your hearty Tweeting that I decided to bite the bullet and jump in line at 9:30AM on overcast Saturday in front of Franklin Barbecue when I was in Austin last week. Man, oh man, am I glad I did. What I found at the end of that line (about 2 1/2 hours later) was nothing short of barbecue nirvana. Sweet, succulent pulled pork. Turkey as moist as a prime rib. Snappy sausage as juicy as you'd like, and brisket that defied everything I ever knew or thought I knew about brisket. I can't tell you with 100% certainty that this is the finest brisket in all the land, but it's certainly the best I've ever had. Better than Black's. Better than Smitty's.

A Sandwich a Day: Tipsy Texan at Franklin BBQ in Austin

A Sandwich a Day: Tipsy Texan at Franklin BBQ in Austin

I arrived at Franklin BBQ in Austin at 9:30 a.m. It opens at 11 a.m. It's regularly sold-out of barbecue by 1 p.m., sometimes earlier. I was a woman on a mission, along with about 50 other people who quickly filled the porch behind me. I'll quickly dispense with the questions you're asking yourself. Yes, Franklin BBQ is worth a ninety-minute wait—though I suggest you get there early enough to snag a place in the shade. And yes, the Tipsy Texan sandwich ($6.50) (sausage on brisket withcole slaw and pickles, on a bun) is worth ordering, even though it's difficult to save room for anything other than Franklin's ribs and brisket.