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See If You Can Finish the Huge, Brisket-Stuffed Baked Potato at Franks Holy Smoke BBQ

Sep 17, 2018 By Daniel Vaughn

Abraham Franks got an early education in smoked meats growing up in Lockhart, the barbecue capital of Texas, but he set off to find his fortune in Las Vegas. After he moved there with his brother in the eighties to start a drywall and painting company, business went well for a while, but in 2002 the Franks felt the squeeze from larger competitors. The business suffered, and Abraham went from… Read Story

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BBQ Fest Weekend '18

The Top 50 BBQ Joints in Texas have all been invited. Come see who will be smoking at this weekend of ‘cue!

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November 3-4, 2018

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Austin, Texas

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Contrary to popular belief, optimism is neither intrinsic nor a passive disposition. In fact, optimism—choosing to look favorably at what’s possible in any situation—is a choice, a way of seeing the world, an active approach to living life that has real and tangible benefits. We know this trait well in Texas, and at Texas Monthly. Are you ready to put optimism to work for you? Read Story