Last night Aaron Franklin was the star guest at New York City's Hill Country Barbecue. One often forgets how much notoriety his barbecue receives outside of the state until you see tweets rolling through all excited about getting to try this Austin king.
Robert Sietsema, the food critic for The Village Voice, was there and chronicled the evening. Service started at 6pm, and "the line of supplicants snaked through the restaurant to the front door." Franklin says he used brisket supplied by Hill Country, which ended up being much fattier than he is used to. Around 9pm all the brisket was gone, selling out about an hour earlier than expected.
With his trusty smoker in Austin, Franklin used the one at Hill Country. "[It] kind of shocked me. It looked like a big oven. The first time I saw it was last night," Franklin says.
Tonight Franklin will be with us at the 2011 Eater Awards, representing Austin well. Fear not he will be back in town soon.
Aaron Franklin at Hill Country Barbecue [Photo: Village Voice]