Since this past weekend was Halloween in Austin, Gayatri Rao and Sandeep Parikh decided to dress their three-year-old son Riyaz as Aaron Franklin. They decked him out in a tiny black apron with a handmade Franklin Barbecue logo and a pair of lens-less tortoise shell glasses. The getup was suggested to the couple by their friend, Sarah Rodriguez Pratt. When told about the costume, Franklin himself said he loved the idea.
Young children tend to be big admirers of Franklin. Earlier this year, the barbecue pitmaster’s biggest fan was a seven-year-old New Zealand girl who wrote him a fan letter.