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Franklin Barbecue: Live From the Line

What happens when you wait for barbecue

Franklin Barbecue's line
Franklin Barbecue's line
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Nadia Chaudhury is the editor of Eater Austin covering food and pop culture, as well as a photographer, writer, and frequent panel moderator and podcast guest.

What better way to celebrate Barbecue Week than by braving the long, long lines of Franklin Barbecue for some of pitmaster Aaron Franklin’s perfect brisket? The acclaimed barbecue spot has been recognized all over the country for serving some of the best barbecue ever, from the James Beard Awards, President Barack Obama, to the crowds of people waiting for hours for a taste of those smoked meats.

Many describe the line as a not-to-be-missed experience, with free beer and new people to talk to, so much so that Franklin banned professional line waiters so that customers need to come themselves. Two people even got married on the line because they loved it so much.

With that, Eater decided to spend a Saturday morning on the barbecue front line, starting around 9:00 a.m. to really get in the middle of it all. Stay tuned below and see what happens.

Franklin Barbecue

900 East 11th Street, , TX 78702 (512) 653-1187 Visit Website