BBQ

After The Fire: A Look Inside Franklin Barbecue

Aaron Franklin was awoken by a phone call from general manager Benji Jacob at 5:37 a.m. He quickly dressed and arrived at the restaurant fifteen minutes later. Five fire trucks were already on site, and the fire was out by 6:08 a.m. As Franklin looked on from a rain-soaked sidewalk outside the smoking shell of a pit room, a couple approached him and asked for a selfie. He was too taken aback to decline.

Photograph by Wyatt McSpadden

Franklin Barbecue’s pit room was destroyed by fire on August 26, a Saturday morning. The vaunted barbecue joint—where hundreds of hungry patrons typically queue on a daily basis—has been closed since. We got an inside look at the damage caused by the fire and talked to people behind the scenes to understand what happened.

Share
Tags: BBQ

Comments

  • Jake Asgood

    Good Luck Aaron .. I know you will rebuild and I intend to visit you as soon as the rebuild is complete.

  • Heath

    Thank you for the update. I’ve been searching for news on the situation. Its a miracle that only the pit room was damaged. Quick thinking on that employees part. I also appreciated the shots of Bethesda. I’d never seen the backside of it. It reminds me of my Old Country BBQ Pits Over/Under. Now I’m wondering if I can hook a rotisserie up to it.

  • Danny Rodriguez

    They should still put in a sprinkler system, but with a shut-off valve outside.. one that will not start off automatically.

    • Rob Nelson

      I agree

  • Jan Boon

    Good luck, succes with the reconstruction?

    • CrystalALipe

      Google is paying 97$ per hour,with weekly payouts.You can also avail this.
      On tuesday I got a brand new Land Rover Range Rover from having earned $11752 this last four weeks..with-out any doubt it’s the most-comfortable job I have ever done .. It sounds unbelievable but you wont forgive yourself if you don’t check it
      !si292d:
      ➽➽
      ➽➽;➽➽ http://GoogleNetJobsCreativeWorkFromHome/more/cash ★✫★★✫★✫★★✫★✫★★✫★✫★★✫★✫★★✫★✫★★✫★✫★★✫★✫★★✫★✫★★✫★✫★★✫★✫:::::!sx142l..,.

  • Él Guapo

    I heard the fire would have been put out much faster had the firefighters not had to wait in line to get to it.

    • buddygonzo

      Ba-dump-dump

  • Myna

    “The story of the fire that put what might be the world’s most famous barbecue joint temporarily out of commission.” Austin’s civic narcassism at it’s finest.

    • GraceMSlusser

      Google is paying 97$ per hour,with weekly payouts.You can also avail this.
      On tuesday I got a brand new Land Rover Range Rover from having earned $11752 this last four weeks..with-out any doubt it’s the most-comfortable job I have ever done .. It sounds unbelievable but you wont forgive yourself if you don’t check it
      !si294d:
      ➽➽
      ➽➽;➽➽ http://GoogleHomeCashJobsKeyOpportunity/earn/hourly ★✫★★✫★✫★★✫★✫★★✫★✫★★✫★✫★★✫★✫★★✫★✫★★✫★✫★★✫★✫★★✫★✫★★✫★✫:::::!sc234l..,..

    • Jed

      Author is from Dallas.

      Nice sneer, though.

  • Bill Cyree

    They should just do manually operated sprinklers or even a gas based fire suppression system. They will probably even get an insurance discount if they install one.

  • mark ware

    Aaron, sure don’t want to tell you how to run your business, but personally I’d use steel studs on the walls, sheath them inside and out with corrugated metal, DriCon fire retardant lumber for the roof structure. Won’t sag even in high heat. I used it in my foundry. More corrugated for the lid. I’ll come down and set that up for you and we can work a deal on one of your new backyard cookers.

  • buddygonzo

    I bought his book and it’s helped me with things to make better, more consistent Q .

  • Kozmo

    With this and the Burger Wars fluff, it makes TWO infomercials masquerading as “articles” (about restaurants) on the BurkaBlog sidebars! It’s a great day for Texas Monthly and its advertising staff!

  • Dont

Recommended