900 E. 11th, 512/653-1187
Hours: Tue.-Sun., 11am-until sold out
photo by John Anderson
You'd better circle the wagons early if you want to snag some of Aaron Franklin's famous brisket. After an auspicious start as a trailer, this brick-and-mortar location is serving what's regularly called the best barbecue in Texas, if not the country. The Franklins are devoted to producing the best-tasting barbecue they possibly can, and they won’t sacrifice that quality to feed more customers. Best to get in line by 9:30am.
Aaron Franklin is king of all pit masters
Mick Vann, June 23, 2011
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- 2017: Readers Best Barbecue
- 2015: Readers Best Barbecue
- 2014: Readers Best Barbecue
- 2013: Readers Best Barbecue (Franklin's)
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