Franklin Barbecue

TripExpert Score based on reviews in 8 publications
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8 expert recommendations



Proprietor Aaron Franklin is to barbecue as homebrewers are to beer. He has created his own niche with craft brisket on par with the dispensaries in legendary Lockhart.


Fodor's Tick Choice

If Central Texas is the hub of the state's best barbecue, then Franklin Barbecue is the gold standard. Full review →


Frommer's 34

Aaron and Stacy Franklin have been serving food out of this trailer since winter 2010, and word of their old-style barbecue has spread like wildfire. Full review →



In less than two years, Aaron Franklin opened a small trailer dispensing barbecue that then evolved into a brick-and-mortar eatery. Full review →


Lonely Planet Tick Top Choice

Don't wait till you're hungry to find out whether it's worth the insane amount of hype. Full review →


Not For Tourists

Pork ribs & peppery brisket. It's good. Full review →


Travel + Leisure

Line up at 10 a.m. with the other ’cue worshippers at Austin’s Franklin Barbecue, run by trailblazing pit master Aaron Franklin. Full review →


Zagat 4.8

Originally a trailer, this brick-and-mortar BBQ joint in East Austin is "giving the big names a run for their money" with some of the "finest brisket in the entire state". Full review →

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