Franklin Barbecue

TripExpert Score based on reviews in 11 publications
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11 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.


Bon Appétit

America’s best BBQ—and the whole world knows it. Full review →


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 →


Tasting Table

Aaron Franklin's notoriety for his distinctive espresso barbecue sauce lags far behind the demand for his legendary brisket. In fact, lining up an hour before the restaurant opens at 11... Full review →


The Infatuation 9.3

The past few years have seen Austin emerge as one of the more exciting food cities in the country, to the point where even the big food media outlets have started breaking from their... 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 →



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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