Meat whisperer Aaron Franklin is also a beer enthusiast, and he's teamed up with local brewery Jester King to create a uniquely Texan beer. Called the Figlet, the beer features figs smoked in Franklin Barbecue's pits. Here's the details on the intensive smokey fig preparation from Jester King:
We wanted to branch out beyond the traditional use of smoked malt and opted to take a local ingredient that was in season - Texas figs - and use it as a medium to impart characteristics from Franklin's barbecue pits into the beer. Local figs were caramelized with heat and cold smoked at Franklin Barbecue. Aaron charred a portion of the figs, which imparted a subtle burnt, almost leathery, character to the beer.
The beer will be available at Jester King's tasting room starting on Friday, November 21st, both by the glass and in bottles. The beer's production will also be featured in an upcoming episode of KLRU's webseries BBQ With Franklin.