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Franklin Barbecue

Is there anything new to be said about the best barbecue in the known universe? It has merited visits from celebrities (Anthony Bourdain) and presidents (Barack Obama), not to mention tens of thousands of mortals, who willingly line up for one to three hours to savor meltingly tender brisket with a smoke-riddled crust that makes grown men and women weep. Well, it turns out there is something new, specifically a much-improved system for ’cue to go. Now you can go to franklinbarbecue.com/preorders/ and place an order for a minimum of five pounds of meat. On your chosen day and time, you park in one of four designated places on the north side of the building and pick up your bounty at the food trailer. No more waiting to pounce on the first day of the month. No more parking blocks away. Fewer dirty looks from the people in line. And if you’re not a beef aficionado, know that Aaron Franklin’s pulled pork and pork ribs are also excellent, as is his turkey and sausage. Finish with an individual bourbon-banana pie and head home for a nap.

City: Austin


Method: Post oak; indirect-heat pit

Pitmaster: Aaron Franklin

Pro-tip: Waiting in the long line can be fun; even more fun is ordering ahead of time. The minimum is five pounds, but best of all is getting a whole brisket (around $100; try your luck at least two weeks in advance). Pick it up at ten-thirty and waltz through the impatient masses with your bounty.

Drinks: Beer

BBQ Snob Rating: 5

Address: 900 E. 11th, Austin, TX, 78702

Hours: Tue-€“Sun, 11 till meat runs out.

Phone: 512-653-1187

Website: franklinbarbecue.com

Year Opened: 2009

Last updated: May 3, 2013