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Franklin Barbecue



900 East 11th Street
Austin, TX 78702

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(512) 653-1187

  • Sun - 11:00am - 1:00pm
  • Mon Closed;
  • Tue - Sat 11:00am - 1:00pm

Cuisine: Barbecue Restaurants, Bars

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4.5 of 5.0 from 94 reviews


price range:$11 to $25

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  • Paul D.The brisket here is the truth ... Make sure to try their superb pulled pork ... Talk to the chair guy he's super cool, down to earth and will recommend awesome spots to check out in ATX

    55555 by Paul D.


  • Pete N.Get the brisket!

    33333 by Pete N.


  • Nicole M.It's well worth the wait. We arrived at 8:30 on a Friday, and about 50 people were already in line. Get the brisket, and the sausage is pretty solid. The sides are fantastic in their own right! Enjoy!

    55555 by Nicole M.


  • Linzy B.Franklin's brisket changed my life. Skip salt lick and go to franklins instead!

    33333 by Linzy B.


  • SashaGet the brisket wet and save room for the bourbon banana pie.

    55555 by Sasha


  • Dow-Chung C.Get there early so they don't run out of the beef rib. Get the beef rib.

    33333 by Dow-Chung C.


  • DailyCandyIf you plan to eat lunch (there’s no dinner service), best get in line by breakfast. Hungry folk are asked to specify meat and poundage picks in advance to keep things as civil(ized) as possible.

    55555 by DailyCandy


  • Tony L.Brisket is good. Turkey is unlawfully good!

    55555 by Tony L.


  • Jeremy K.Just go stand in the line, it's worth it.

    33333 by Jeremy K.


  • Jack M.The bathrooms here are great.

    55555 by Jack M.


  • Damien T.GET EVERYTHING! with a blueberry soda!

    55555 by Damien T.


  • Chuy H.Get earrlyyyyyyyyy and be prepared to wait for hours

    55555 by Chuy H.


  • Sofia N.Worth the waiting, everyone is super friendly. Best brisket i've ever tried.

    55555 by Sofia N.


  • Joseph C.Get there early and take a chair. Loved the ribs and turkey. Brisket and sausage were good. Didn't get to try the pulled pork. 8-(

    55555 by Joseph C.


  • Omar A.The best brisket I have ever had. Super super moist. Ribs fall off the none and have great seasoning. Turkey is also very moist. Definitely worth the wait.

    55555 by Omar A.


  • Mike T.You had to wait weeks to get to second base with your high school honey, right? This is way better, and you will only have to wait a couple of hours. Brisket kills. Sausage rocks. Do it.

    55555 by Mike T.


  • Roaming GnomeTake a PTO day before tasting this brisket, because you will be rendered completely speechless for several hours afterwards. It is a one-way ticket to mouth heaven.

    33333 by Roaming Gnome


  • ChrisThe food was really good. Come with a empty stomach and a whole lot of patience Unless you get there early, the wait can be very long. Bring a book, some music, maybe chair and a tablet.

    55555 by Chris


  • Michael C.One of the few places in the world that I don't mind waiting for food. Worth it.

    55555 by Michael C.


  • R€€D ™.You can't go wrong. Worth the wait and lives up to their reputation! Delicious!

    55555 by R€€D ™.


  • AnnieDon't eat breakfast the day you eat here! Come hungry, leave fat, full & happy!

    55555 by Annie


  • Social News NetworkThis place is well worth the wait. There is a line starting early in the morning for a reason. It is some of the best barbecue out there and certainly the best place to go in all of Texas.

    55555 by Social News Network


  • Gen M.Get it line EARLY!!! I was there at 9am and already a line around the building. So bring some shade, and charge your phones it's gonna be a lil while!! SO WORTH IT THOUGH!!!

    33333 by Gen M.


  • JBLWe'd probably be slapped on the wrist if we didn't include Franklin Barbecue in the mix. Best BBQ. Hands down. Bring your appetite. And try the brisket.

    55555 by JBL


  • Mike K.Try the Brisket - I just waited four hours for this baroque. Was it with it? YES #amazing (via @Foodspotting)

    33333 by Mike K.


  • Edmond L.As recent as six months ago, you could get here at 9:00am and be one of the first ten people in line. You must now arrive closer to 8:00am to be one of the first in line. Bring a chair, water & book.

    33333 by Edmond L.


  • Bill B.eXPECT LONG WAITS, BUT WORTH THE WAIT.

    55555 by Bill B.


  • J Catherine T.Try the Kitty's Pulled Pork - My cat eats better than you do.Gypsy gets Franklin pulled pork, and you don't.That's right. Be jealous. ;-DNah, I got most of it. (via @Foodspotting)

    55555 by J Catherine T.


  • Joshua K.Sorry Lockhart. He's got you guys beat!

    55555 by Joshua K.


  • Hermes C.Make sure to eat at the other really good/staple Austin BBQ joints...Salt Lick, Rudy's, Stubbs, County Line, etc. You'll never be able to eat anywhere else if you go to Franklin BBQ first.

    55555 by Hermes C.


  • Frankie A.Bring a chair with you to chill out for the long wait.

    55555 by Frankie A.


  • Somchai R.ร้านนี้ขายดีมากลูกค้าต้องยืนรอเข้าแถวยาวเพื่อมาทานที่นี่...

    55555 by Somchai R.


  • Austin ChronicleYou'd better circle the wagons early if you want to snag some of Franklin's world-famous brisket. It has a smoky and spicy bark, a deep smoke ring, and is exceedingly moist and tender. Perfection.

    55555 by Austin Chronicle


  • ThrillistThe lauded 'Q trailer has just gone brick 'n mortar, adding a third monstrous 12ft smoker and slinging their Meyer all-natural Angus out of an interior that actually harks back to the trailer days.

    33333 by Thrillist


  • William B.Best Brisket in US not just Texas!

    55555 by William B.


  • A.J. M.Yes, it really IS worth the wait and actually DOES exceed the hype. Damned near a religious experience for a foodie...

    55555 by A.J. M.


  • Hollis T.AVOID FRANKLIN BBQ at all costs. YOU WILL NEVER ENJOY BRISKET ANYWHERE ELSE AGAIN. I'm a brisket pig - could eat it every day. Since Franklin's, all other briskets taste...lame. I GOTTA HAVE MORE MORE

    55555 by Hollis T.


  • Ana V.Bring foldable chairs, get here around 9a, order a lot, & don't bring annoying ppl = enjoyable experience.

    55555 by Ana V.


  • I Realty C.this is the best bbq in the world

    55555 by I Realty C.


  • Lewis W.Make it a beer drinkin, tailgatin experience if u want to enjoy the 3 hr wait. And u WILL wait 3 hrs. Worth it. Order anything & everything. Its THE most tender, fall off the bone BBQ Ive ever had.

    55555 by Lewis W.


  • Andrew S.Some of the best BBQ around, but consider how many other Amazing BBQ joints around The capital of Texas you could drive to in the time it would take you. saint sauce be with you.

    55555 by Andrew S.


  • Katie B.Didn't know if it would live up to the hype but it was like a divine BBQ intervention. Amazing brisket, definitely the best I've ever had.

    55555 by Katie B.


  • Little F.The brisket is good. But, not good enough to wait two hours for.

    33333 by Little F.


  • Jany X.Do show up at 9. Do order the fatty brisket. Do save room for pie. :)

    55555 by Jany X.


  • KitchenAidWhile there is a large debate over the best BBQ in Austin, line up early in the morning at Franklin and let the brisket speak for itself.

    55555 by KitchenAid


  • Ronnie R.Bring Irish Coffee for the wait when it is chilly.

    55555 by Ronnie R.


  • Social N.Doors open @ 11am but make no mistake: if you get there @ 11 you likely will not taste the city's best brisket. People start lining up as early as 9am to get a good spot in line but its well worth it.

    55555 by Social N.


  • Carlo S.Make sure you get here at least 30 mins before opening even on a weekday. Come earlier if you want pork ribs.

    33333 by Carlo S.


  • Wes J.When you get inside try a pint of the Franklin Porter. They smoke the grain in house! Smooth and rich!

    55555 by Wes J.


  • Wes J.Try everything! We had a little but of each meat and all three sides. It was all spectacular.

    55555 by Wes J.


  • National Car RentalFranklin’s BBQ has become an Austin legend. Be aware that there is always a line but it is well worth the wait. Bon Appetit named them Best BBQ in America last year. Try it and you’ll understand.

    55555 by National Car Rental


  • Zac S.Bon Appétit magazine named Franklin best in the country. Expect lines before they open at 11am and sold out before 1pm.

    55555 by Zac S.


  • Pursarth T.If you are on death row and they ask you what you want for your last meal - make it Franklin Barbecue.

    55555 by Pursarth T.


  • Eric D.Best fatty brisket in the world. The sausage is great too. The line is epic: on weekends you gotta be in line by 10/10:30 or you're not getting food.

    55555 by Eric D.


  • Daniel V.The brisket and ribs live up to the hype. Grab beers, friends and be prepared to wait two hours. Show up around 9:30 and you'll be set.

    33333 by Daniel V.


  • Tim E.Closed. Don't know for good or remodel.

    33333 by Tim E.


  • Annette M.SO amazing and SO worth the wait!! The turkey was phenomenal, sausage so crisp and yummy, rubs delicious, and brisket just fell apart when you tried to pick it up! Incredible!

    55555 by Annette M.


  • Jody M.I came at noon on a Friday. Got brisket and sausage at 2.!Getting there early is a sure bet for food, but you can get thee later during the week and probably be fine. Oh and definitely worth the wait.

    55555 by Jody M.


  • Mike H.Arrive at least an hour before they open. The line forms early.

    22222 by Mike H.


  • Sara L.Awesome BBQ, but the best damn banana pudding in Texas. Grab a few for the road

    55555 by Sara L.


  • Chris R.underrated...the turkey. believe the hype about this place.

    22222 by Chris R.


  • Jeighsen P.When they say keep Austin Weird just come here and view the people in line aound 10:30. You won't be disappointed. And the food is amazing as well. Also CNN was here on October 9, 2012 filming.

    55555 by Jeighsen P.


  • Miriam R.Amazing brisket and ribs! Friendly staff!!!

    55555 by Miriam R.


  • Melissa H.Anthony Bourdain says Its a religious experience #noreservations

    55555 by Melissa H.


  • Matthew J.Leftover brisket? Take it home and make BBQ brisket pizza for dinner. Remember to take some of their awesome sauce to go.

    55555 by Matthew J.


  • Maeve S.Top it all with the Key Lime pie. Nom Nom.

    55555 by Maeve S.


  • Steven C.delicious and well worth the post-meal meat sweats/'itis

    55555 by Steven C.


  • Ruth L.bring a lawn chair and stuff to do while waiting in line

    33333 by Ruth L.


  • EaterThey produce what has quickly become one of Austin's, if not Texas', most talked-about barbecue. It's so good they regularly run out of meat shortly after opening: get there early. [Eater 38 Member]

    55555 by Eater


  • J RODCome early or you're gonna wait forever.

    55555 by J ROD


  • MichelleThere is a wait so try and get there by 10am. The brisket was amazing!!! You are also able to purchase by the pound so you can order for the whole family and take it home. A+

    55555 by Michelle


  • Joann B.Pulled pork is yummy...also the banana pudding pie is to die for :)

    55555 by Joann B.


  • Will R.Place a to-go order at least a week in advance to skip the line. Mix and match and 5lb minimum.

    33333 by Will R.


  • Social N.Franklin has some of the best barbecue in the entire country. Doors open at 11 am Tuesday-Sunday, but be sure to get there much earlier (before 10 am) if you want to get a good spot in line!

    55555 by Social N.


  • Leah W.Delicious! The BBQ sauce is of the more vinegary (not sweet) variety just FYI and if he asks if you want the fatty or lean brisket, go fatty!

    33333 by Leah W.


  • Anna M.get there early

    55555 by Anna M.


  • David K.the line across the parking lot turned me off before I even got to the door. The ordering/portioning is weird as well from what the surly punk girl taking orders detailed.

    22222 by David K.


  • Amanda Y.I'm not a big meat eater but the beef brisket melts in your mouth.

    55555 by Amanda Y.


  • Katie W.Just the tip.

    22222 by Katie W.


  • Emily N.Ive been a vegetarian for four years and Franklin has changed that forever. The BEST PORK RIBS EVER. You can literally pull the bone out. Best barbeque in Texas (and I work at a bbq joint)!

    55555 by Emily N.


  • Nom Nom PRBEST BBQ in the WORLD! Better get in line by 10 am before they sell out, usually by 1 or 2. Better yet, if you're in the neighborhood and the line is not too long, make a detour.

    55555 by Nom Nom PR


  • AUS10 T.These guys smoke the briskets all night, so I suggest you smoke all the way over here.. Gota be smoked out like the pits outback!

    33333 by AUS10 T.


  • Joe H.Very good BBQ. Three types of sauces. If you go brisket, go fatty.

    55555 by Joe H.


  • Thomas P.This place is a must visit. Excellent brisket and ribs. The Bourbon Banana pie -- killer finish to an awesome meal.

    55555 by Thomas P.


  • KitchenAidEnjoying the Bon Appetit "Best BBQ in America" with Food on the Table!

    55555 by KitchenAid


  • Ariel S.Everything's so good it's hard to recommend any one dish... Go for the two-meet for variety or try the Tipsy Texan. Also, don't forget to leave some room for the amazing banana pie!

    55555 by Ariel S.


  • Junior S.Tipsy Texan: Best I've ever had!

    55555 by Junior S.


  • John B.One time I ate a whole pound of super moist brisket, a sausage, and a side of beans at this place. Then I promptly threw it up in the airplane bathroom. Eat here. But don't do that.

    33333 by John B.


  • Rey J.Franklin's brisket will change your life.

    55555 by Rey J.


  • SoundCloudFor the meat eaters amongst us: this is the best bbq in the world. You will have to wait an hour for your food but don't fret, you will be satisfied. Pro tip: try the brisket

    55555 by SoundCloud


  • STA Travel U.S.This trailer has the best BBQ in the nation. Make sure you bring something to keep you busy because there is always a long line.

    55555 by STA Travel U.S.


  • Cooking ChannelThis roadside mobile restaurant doesn't merely churn out some of the best barbecue on the block, it makes some of the best brisket, ribs and pulled pork in the entire country. Fatty Brisket is a must.

    55555 by Cooking Channel


  • Levi H.So many hipsters. ಠ_ಠ

    33333 by Levi H.


  • exfmBelieve the hype, this is hands down the best BBQ in Austin. Get there early. You will wait an hour for food. It is worth it!

    55555 by exfm


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