If you were wondering what the best barbecue joint in America was you need not worry anymore since Andrew Knowlton at Bon Appetit has decided for you. He says it is Franklin Barbecue in Austin, Texas. OK, he’s really just throwing this up for debate (and this debate will continue I’m sure come mid to late July), but with all of the rave reviews Aaron and Stacy Franklin have received from all over Texas and the country you know they are on to something very special.
Here’s a snippet from the article, “Let it be known that before visiting Franklin Barbecue a few months back, I never considered Texas brisket real BBQ. I’m a Georgia native and, like most hardened BBQ regionalists, I was convinced that the best BBQ was what I’d grown up eating. For me, the “real stuff” meant pulled or chopped pork. It was only after I moved to New York City—yes, New York City—some 12 years ago and visited spots that dabbled in all styles that I realized BBQ could involve beef. (I know that sounds crazy, but I’m sure my Southern brethren understand.) Life’s too short to get caught up in the debate about what constitutes traditional, authentic BBQ and what does not. As a wise friend said, “If you’re talking about it, you’re not eating it.” Today, I’m more concerned with eating delicious smoked meat than with arguing about its origins. Great BBQ can be found all over the country, from Portland, Oregon, to Manhattan. It also just happens to be at Franklin Barbecue.”
So if you haven’t been to Franklin Barbecue yet here are some great photos of the exterior and interior by Jeff Stockton:
You can read the entire Bon Appetit piece HERE
Have you been to Franklin Barbecue? What are your thoughts? Is it the best BBQ joint in the country?
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