Franklin Barbecue Campout

Alright folks, I’ve lived in Austin for over four years now and time and time again I’ve heard about how amazing Franklin Barbecue is; however, I’ve never tried it. That is, until recently! For those of you who aren’t familiar with Franklin and why it would take someone four years to try a barbecue joint, the answer is: its a commitment, you can’t just pop in for some of this famous barbecue.

street view

You see, Aaron Franklin, the owner of this establishment, is an award winning chef, author, and damn great barbecue master. This generates plenty of interest along with the reputation for amazing eats. You pair this with the fact that they operate out of a small establishment that only smokes a limited amount of meat each day, and you have quite the demand. With demand, forms a line, and this line is crazy!

line take 1

People show up early for this barbecue, and by early I mean early! Our group arrived around 6:45 a.m. and managed to fall in line behind a good twenty something people already. The first two campers got in line at 5:15 a.m. Damn that’s early. I don’t know if you’re like me, but if so, you love and value all the sleep you can get!

For those of you going in the future, be prepared to kill some time for a while. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to do so: books, cards, games, nintendo gameboys, phones, camera, etc. etc. etc. More importantly, bring friends or family; time is better spent shared with those whom you enjoy.

line take 4

The entire experience was very much like a football tailgate. Fold out chairs? Check. Cold beer? Check. A few hours to spare? Check. It makes for a great time. We grabbed a cooler and threw in a few beers which makes for a refreshing weekend breakfast. Like I said…tailgate environment.

hans pilner

Mmm mmm, we opted for some delicious local Texas beer, like the Real Ale Hans’ Pils or a Hops and Grains Zoe Pale Lager.

hops & grains zoe

The Franklin Barbecue wood supply; oh man that nice smoky flavor…my mouth is watering just thinking about it now.

wood pile

Ahhh, climbing a stairway to heaven. After all these hours, the doors opened at 11:00 a.m. and it was game on! Let the barbecue feast commence!

stiarway to heaven

And now, barbecue. Sweet, smokey, delicious barbecue. Brisket…sausage…pork…ribs…ahh the list goes on.

brisket slicing

plate o meat

plate o meat 2

meal time

Now, I grew up in Texas so I’ve had my fair share of some delicious barbecue, but let me tell you, everything I ate was absolutely mouth watering and delicious. We ended up with the brisket, pork ribs, sausage, and pulled pork and every last piece was more delicious than the last bite. Those ribs just slid cleanly off the bone, leaving nothing behind! Mmm and that smoky flavor…

In conclusion, I’m glad I took the opportunity to get out and camp at Franklin for that delicious barbecue. I would definitely do it again with friends and family, but it will probably be awhile before I take that adventure again. After all, I do enjoy my sleep, especially on the weekend!


One thought on “Franklin Barbecue Campout

  1. I have also heard about Franklin Barbecue many times in South Texas. I’ll remember to camp out there next time I find myself in Austin. What is your favorite part about waiting in line?


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