The BBQ Chronicles: Franklin in Austin, TX

Bucket List destination?

JIM CARTER

Franklin Barbecue in Austin, Texas Franklin Barbecue in Austin, Texas

How does a pit master go from restaurant employee to roadside business owner to best barbeque in the world in just a few years? Okra’s Barbeque Chronicles decided to investigate.

We’re talking about Austin’s Franklin Barbeque. It has been named the top barbeque restaurant in Texas (to Texans that is synonymous with the world) by Texas Monthly and the top barbeque restaurant in the Country by Bon Appetit.

When Melinda and I were in Austin, we heard one should be at Frankin by 10 AM to get near the front of the line. We got there at 9:45 AM but the information must have been outdated. There was already a very long line. There was a carnival-like atmosphere. Employees of the restaurant peddled beer, water and soft drinks.

Another employee asked each group what they were ordering to assess who would be…

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