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My Franklin BBQ Experience

TexasRebelTexasRebel Posts: 97
We headed down from Mansfield Friday after my wife and I both got off work.  Had to make the normal stop at Slovaceks on the way.  Procured myself some beef sticks and a couple of chicken salad sandwiches for the remainder of the drive.  We stayed at the Sheraton downtown which is just on the other side of 35 from Franklin.  I would definitely stay somewhere else next time but we've never really stayed in Austin before.  Woke up early and were in line at 6:50 or so.  We were 80 deep at this point I'm assuming partly due to the holiday weekend.  We set up shop and began our wait.  The people around us were all really great which adds so much to this experience.  The guy next to us was a BBQ coach for a High School competition team in Georgia (shout out to BBQ Pit Vipers) who was with his buddies on a tour of America's greatest bbq joints.  Anyway, I'm not going to do a big write up as I know a lot of you have already been there and have written and read about it numerous times.  But it's truly a great experience.  Aaron himself was super cool and very willing to take pictures or sign whatever you wanted.  The same can be said for his entire staff.  Is this something I'm going to do every weekend?  Probably not.  But a couple of times a year at least I would really enjoy it.  The first bite of brisket that the guy cut for us was the best piece of meat I've ever put in my mouth and it's not particularly close.  Overall, I give this experience a 10 out of 10 and would recommend to anyone that enjoys barbecue and just food in general.  Also, make sure to check out the smoker room!

Just an Ole Miss Rebel fan living in Texas.
Hotty Toddy!
Mansfield, TX

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  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 19,640
    Great write-up.  You captured my experiences every time I have been there.  I would make it a bucket list item for any serious BBQ enthusiast. 
    Great trip and even better eats.  Congrats.

    Louisville;  L & S BGEs, PBC, Lang 36; Burnin' wood in the neighbourhood. # 38 for the win.  Life is too short for light/lite beer.  
  • EagleIIIEagleIII Posts: 318

    Adding it to the Bucket List right now...


  • MaskedMarvelMaskedMarvel Posts: 2,633
    Awesome!
    Large BGE and Medium BGE
    36" Blackstone - Greensboro!


  • johnkitchensjohnkitchens Posts: 5,215
    It is on my bucket list as well. Hopefully one day I will make it out! 


    Louisville, GA - 2 Large BGE's
  • The Cen-Tex SmokerThe Cen-Tex Smoker Posts: 19,315
    Awesome. Glad you enjoyed our fine town in your visit. Aaron is such a generous guy. Always a fun day when you can take 4-5 hours to luxuriate over bbq. 
    Keepin' It Weird in The ATX
  • JethroVAJethroVA Posts: 1,165
    thanks for the write up
    Richmond and Mathews County, VA. Large BGE, Weber gas, little Weber charcoal. Vintage ManGrates. Little reddish portable kamado that shall remain nameless here.  Very Extremely Stable Genius. 
  • JohnInCarolinaJohnInCarolina Posts: 14,821
    Love it!
    "A generation of the unteachable is hanging upon us like a necklace of corpses." - George Orwell 

    "I've made a note never to piss you two off." - Stike


  • ThatgrimguyThatgrimguy Posts: 4,103
    I've been to Austin so many times and still haven't done it. My buddy lives like 2 miles or less from Valentina's trailer and there is no more than 30 minute wait there.  

    I gotta just do it. My friends that live in Austin have never done it. But convincing them is hard. I may just go alone next time I go visit.
    XL & Small Green Egg, Shirley Fab Trailer, Pitmaker Vault, Blackstone Griddle, 6 gal Cajun Fryer, BlueStar 60" Range
  • SciAggieSciAggie Posts: 3,948
    I've been to Austin so many times and still haven't done it. My buddy lives like 2 miles or less from Valentina's trailer and there is no more than 30 minute wait there.  

    I gotta just do it. My friends that live in Austin have never done it. But convincing them is hard. I may just go alone next time I go visit.
    Give me shout and I’ll do it with you if I can. I’ve never done it either and I’m in Austin frequently. 
    Coleman, Texas
    Large BGE & Mini Max for the wok. A few old camp Dutch ovens and a wood fired oven.
    "Bourbon slushies. Sure you can cook on the BGE without them, but why would you?"
                                                                                                                          YukonRon
  • saluki2007saluki2007 Posts: 4,504
    edited July 8
    Great write up and thanks for sharing.  Love that shirt Aaron is wearing.  What's the green stuff that looks like waxed jalapenos?
    Large and Small BGE
    Morton, IL

  • aemaem Posts: 118
    I've been to Austin so many times and still haven't done it. My buddy lives like 2 miles or less from Valentina's trailer and there is no more than 30 minute wait there.  

    I gotta just do it. My friends that live in Austin have never done it. But convincing them is hard. I may just go alone next time I go visit.
    There are so many good BBQ places in Austin, I don't have the patience to wait in line 4 hours. 
  • TexasRebelTexasRebel Posts: 97
    Great write up and thanks for sharing.  Love that shirt Aaron is wearing.  What's the green stuff that looks like waxed jalapenos?
    Pickled Jalapenos.  May just be my phone's camera that made them look weird. 
    Just an Ole Miss Rebel fan living in Texas.
    Hotty Toddy!
    Mansfield, TX

  • TexasRebelTexasRebel Posts: 97
    aem said:
    I've been to Austin so many times and still haven't done it. My buddy lives like 2 miles or less from Valentina's trailer and there is no more than 30 minute wait there.  

    I gotta just do it. My friends that live in Austin have never done it. But convincing them is hard. I may just go alone next time I go visit.
    There are so many good BBQ places in Austin, I don't have the patience to wait in line 4 hours. 
    I've eaten at several of the other joints in and around Austin and Franklin's brisket is just flat out better.  Not to knock any of the other spots but IMHO it's the truth.  Yes, waiting in that crazy line is a deterrence for most sane people.  Me included.  But it was honest to God a good time sitting there with like-minded people and just talking about BBQ for a few hours.  It's kinda like if everyone in this forum was sitting in a parking lot with you. 
    Just an Ole Miss Rebel fan living in Texas.
    Hotty Toddy!
    Mansfield, TX

  • EggcelsiorEggcelsior Posts: 14,272
    aem said:
    I've been to Austin so many times and still haven't done it. My buddy lives like 2 miles or less from Valentina's trailer and there is no more than 30 minute wait there.  

    I gotta just do it. My friends that live in Austin have never done it. But convincing them is hard. I may just go alone next time I go visit.
    There are so many good BBQ places in Austin, I don't have the patience to wait in line 4 hours. 
    I've eaten at several of the other joints in and around Austin and Franklin's brisket is just flat out better.  Not to knock any of the other spots but IMHO it's the truth.  Yes, waiting in that crazy line is a deterrence for most sane people.  Me included.  But it was honest to God a good time sitting there with like-minded people and just talking about BBQ for a few hours.  It's kinda like if everyone in this forum was sitting in a parking lot with you. 
    In the times I’ve been, Valentina’s was #2 followed by Rudy’s, of all places. Wish I had the opportunity to try places more often.
  • smbishopsmbishop Posts: 2,406
    Thank you for sharing!  I have a place 1.5 hours from Austin, no excuse not to do this.  I have driven by and taken pictures, though.  I just returned his "Steak" book to the library, interesting read, learned a lot about beef.  His 'sides' recipes from both books are spot on.
    Southlake, TX, and Cowhouse Creek, Gatesville, TX.  2 Large, 1 Small and a lot of Eggcessories.
  • thetrimthetrim Posts: 8,752
    That tray looks amazing!  Thanks for the write up!
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    XL 6/06, Mini 6/12, L 10/12, Mini #2 12/14 MiniMax 3/16
    Tampa Bay, FL
    EIB 6 Oct 95
  • The Cen-Tex SmokerThe Cen-Tex Smoker Posts: 19,315
    SciAggie said:
    I've been to Austin so many times and still haven't done it. My buddy lives like 2 miles or less from Valentina's trailer and there is no more than 30 minute wait there.  

    I gotta just do it. My friends that live in Austin have never done it. But convincing them is hard. I may just go alone next time I go visit.
    Give me shout and I’ll do it with you if I can. I’ve never done it either and I’m in Austin frequently. 
    me too! I'm always game to do dumb stuff in the name of bbq. I guarantee that if you put up the bat signal on here when you go, you won't be in line alone
    Keepin' It Weird in The ATX
  • JohnInCarolinaJohnInCarolina Posts: 14,821
    For anyone who hasn’t been, I strongly recommend going the day after an ice storm, when nobody except Uber drivers are willing to brave the streets.  The line tends to be short!
    "A generation of the unteachable is hanging upon us like a necklace of corpses." - George Orwell 

    "I've made a note never to piss you two off." - Stike


  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 19,640
    For those in the Austin area, in the colder weather (not necessarily ice storm) season the line is definitely a crap-shoot.  I was there in early Dec '16 rolling into town around noon after visiting friends that lived north of Houston.  Goal was Valentina's and since I was staying just up the street from Franklin's my route went right by his place. 
    Suffice to say after enjoying Valentina's I saw a very short line at Franklin's.  Parked the car and walked down to spend around 30 minutes in line and then finish the brisket meat coma overload.  Oh yes, back the next day for more meat coma and the line experience.  Definitely worth it if you want great brisket and a chance to talk with the pope. 

    Louisville;  L & S BGEs, PBC, Lang 36; Burnin' wood in the neighbourhood. # 38 for the win.  Life is too short for light/lite beer.  
  • thetrimthetrim Posts: 8,752
    Better than Arby‘s
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    XL 6/06, Mini 6/12, L 10/12, Mini #2 12/14 MiniMax 3/16
    Tampa Bay, FL
    EIB 6 Oct 95
  • 20stone20stone Posts: 1,753
    SciAggie said:
    I've been to Austin so many times and still haven't done it. My buddy lives like 2 miles or less from Valentina's trailer and there is no more than 30 minute wait there.  

    I gotta just do it. My friends that live in Austin have never done it. But convincing them is hard. I may just go alone next time I go visit.
    Give me shout and I’ll do it with you if I can. I’ve never done it either and I’m in Austin frequently. 
    me too! I'm always game to do dumb stuff in the name of bbq. I guarantee that if you put up the bat signal on here when you go, you won't be in line alone
    +1
    (now only 16 stone)

    Joule SV
    GE induction stove
    Gasser by the community pool
    Scale (which one of my friends refuses to use)
    Friends with BGEs and myriad other fired devices
    Charcuterie and sourdough enthusiast
    Prosciuttos in an undisclosed location

    Austin, TX
  • JohnnyTarheelJohnnyTarheel Posts: 5,892
    Awesome... thanks for sharing 
    Charlotte, NC - Large BGE 2014, Maverick ET 733, Thermopen, Nest, Platesetter, Woo2 and Extender w/Grid, Kick Ash Basket, Pizza Stone, SS Smokeware Cap, Blackstone 36"
  • SmokeyLopeySmokeyLopey Posts: 82
    I have a sister in Austin I need to visit...this may convince me to visit sooner rather than later--although they like Valentinas!
  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 19,640
    @SmokeyLopey Valentina's is great, especially whatever they call that breakfast tortilla loaded with stuff and fresh brisket.  You can easily do both in any day as Valentina's opens at 7:30 AM (closed Tues) and Franklin's not til 11.
    Go big or go home.  That is a great double-header right there! 
    Louisville;  L & S BGEs, PBC, Lang 36; Burnin' wood in the neighbourhood. # 38 for the win.  Life is too short for light/lite beer.  
  • The Cen-Tex SmokerThe Cen-Tex Smoker Posts: 19,315
    lousubcap said:
    @SmokeyLopey Valentina's is great, especially whatever they call that breakfast tortilla loaded with stuff and fresh brisket.  You can easily do both in any day as Valentina's opens at 7:30 AM (closed Tues) and Franklin's not til 11.
    Go big or go home.  That is a great double-header right there! 



    That would be the "Real Deal Holyfield" taco.


    Keepin' It Weird in The ATX
  • stever1888stever1888 Posts: 10
    Not to hijack a Franklin BBQ thread, but it cannot be stressed enough that the Real Deal Holyfield is THE REAL DEAL.  Holy moly.


    LBGE, 36" BS griddle, and more.  Piedmont Triad, North Carolina.
  • TexasRebelTexasRebel Posts: 97
    I actually used leftover Franklin brisket for some breakfast tacos the following morning.  Aged cheddar, scrambled egg, and homemade hot sauce.  No potatoes though but that looks freaking amazing.
    Just an Ole Miss Rebel fan living in Texas.
    Hotty Toddy!
    Mansfield, TX

  • SmokeyLopeySmokeyLopey Posts: 82
    edited July 9
    @The Cen-Tex Smoker @lousubcap : Looks good--although it sounds like I would be 4pm getting through Franklin's line if I got such a late start by having breakfast at Valentina's. To amend my comment...it looks great!
  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 19,640
    @SmokeyLopey Mid-week no issue.  Valentina's upon opening.  You can be in line at Franklin's by 9:30 AM at the latest.  Likely no more than 60-70 people ahead of you.  Best daily double food-wise I have ever experienced.  Worth the run to savor the best in brisket.  Go for it!  FWIW-
    Louisville;  L & S BGEs, PBC, Lang 36; Burnin' wood in the neighbourhood. # 38 for the win.  Life is too short for light/lite beer.  
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