Might go the Austin this summer so is Franklins bbq worth the 3 hour wait or are there other places in Austin to check out?
Keep in mind I dont care about the "experience" I just want really really good bbq.
Austin-fag here. Franklins is the most famous, got a show on pbs, and the prez hit it up, but if you just want good BBQ without caring about tourist destinations , hit up La BBQ.
I've only been here for a year or so, so I haven't checked out too many BBQ places yet. But La BBQ is amazing. IMO, La's brisket is way better than Franklins, but Franklin's had slightly better ribs.
And the line's just like an hour.
They don't make their sausages in-house. The ribs are pretty good. Brisket is the reason you go though, consistently perfect and juicy.
Sides are standard. I'd skip them if you've had them before.
Also consider Micklethwaite's down the road, they have beef ribs, they make their own bread, have specialty sausages made in-house, and quality sides. Their buttermilk pie is great.
I'm this guy >>7260003
>what stood out at La?
Brisket. Franklins brisket is top notch, but La's just had better flavor. Fuck now I want some.
Wtf u can order burnt ends?
Franklin's sausages are kinda lame. I don't hold it against them though, people don't usually go to franklins for sausages
Is there a special word or name for a bigass pile of bbq meat like that? Because fuck if that doesn't look good.
Austin fag here as well. Our company's go-to BBQ is Rudy's (north Austin) which I personally think is great, but I'm not from Texas. Can anyone weigh in on if this place is good compared to what all is out there in Austin?
FWIW I don't eat BBQ all that much, but Rudy's is OK in my opinion but their sides suck. Pok e joe's is the better option and they have tons of good sides, plus they also have a spicy sauce in addition to the regular. Recently tried terry black's and thought the brisket was amazing, bit more expensive though.
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Rudy’s is “okay” bbq. Of course your company would go there, there’s no waiting and they have that restaurant everywhere. it’s like the McDonalds of bbq, the zubat of bbq. it doesnt compare to the legendary shiny BBQ restaurants we have here.
everyone who’s been there says they love it, but i found it kind of dry. maybe i ordered the wrong thing? (beef rib). guess ill have to hit it up again sometime.
Fort Worth fag here. Drove down to Austin just to go to Franklin's. It's worth the wait. Hands down the best BBQ in Texas. If you don't want to brave the line, though, there's tons of other places in Austin that'll fill your craving. The most underrated (and therefore rarely crowded) is Stiles Switch. Get some of their potato salad, thank me later.
Good barbecue does not need toppings of any kind. Sparing usage of sauce of your choice is ok. But you don't ruin a hunk of meat that spent numerous hours in a smoker by dousing it in all kinds of bullshit.
Rudy's is my go to BBQ since it's right down the street. But yeah, it's merely "all right". Their brisket is super inconsistent in quality, sometimes it's good and others it's just complete crap. If I want to put the hours into smoking some meat, I can consistently make way better BBQ. The nirvana of a perfectly 'cued piece of meat that practically melts in your mouth is just not something you really find at Rudy's.
Also I should probably mention:
Since Franklin’s has become famous for tourists, if you wait in line there you’ll come across a bunch of people and make small-talk if you’re not totally spergy. There was a time last year where i was unemployed for about a month. I would hit up Franklins often. I came across people from Taiwan, Los Angeles, a BBQ restaurant owner in the silicon valley, Ireland, Australia, and some drunk old bitch from Utah.
Heard from good things about Micklethwaite's too so that will be another destination.
Shame about the sides at Franklins though. Im going mostly for the meats but good sides are always a plus
Other places with top notch sides guys?
Most Southerners (including myself) consider Austin to be a shithole, and I'm not surprised that it's become such a huge destination for the redditor types. Austin is what would happen if a Minecraft server suddenly became a real place. The entire city is one large, festering turd of a tribute to internet and gaming culture.
The food trucks are memes, the restaurants are memes, everything is memes. It's fucking memes all the way down, man. Not even kidding. A lot of that stuff even makes it to the front page of reddit from time to time. You'll see memes like "y u do dis" on chalkboards outside restaurants. References to PC mustard rice. Occasionally some idiot takes a picture and posts it to reddit because "oh my god, I found a member of our secret internet club." But then you walk down the street, and you see the same god damn thing repeated a hundred times.
It's really fucking embarrassing. Just fucking Google an image of the owner of Franklin. The dude is memes incarnate.
I kind of got that vibe from soe of the travel shows that have Austin episodes but I didnt know it was that bad. Im willing to deal with the hipsters if it means good bbq/food but is ALL of Austin like that or just where the food truck are?
And is there any good pulled pork anywhere? because I have yet to be impressed by anyone's pulled pork so far
>is Franklins bbq worth the 3 hour wait
Franklin's is so popular because some hipster writer showed up not knowing a damn thing about BBQ and did an article on his place. Most of the people that eat there don't know shit about BBQ, as Austin is filled with out of state faggots that wouldn't know decent BBQ if it hit them in the head.
Franklin's is just like every other brisket place in that they have their good days and their bad days. They're better than most chains, sure, but not worth standing in a line for 3 hours.
>Most Southerners (including myself) consider Austin to be a shithole
This is true.
Austin is what happens when you allow California-type faggots to infiltrate and corrupt your urban areas.
The place should be nuked from orbit.
Pretty much this. I live in Austin and I've had Franklin's a few times. It was decent brisket but I wouldn't say it was fucking amazing or anything.
There are plenty of good BBQ places around Austin though. Off the top of my head, Terry Blacks, Salt Lick, County Line, Rudy's, Smoky Mo's, Stiles Switch, Micklethwait are all pretty solid.
It's also worth a trip out to Lockhart to get Black's, Kreuz or Smitty's. Louie Mueller's out in Taylor is very good too.
There's a ton of other smaller places too, all of which you can get to eat without standing in line on the street like a fucking dipshit for three hours.
Just another reason why KC > Austin.
Have a gander at the sanctified Mr. Arthur Bryant over yonder.
franklin is quite a wait. It is top tier though, the brisket is insanely consistent. However I don't think anything is really worth that sort of wait.
Other places considered top tier, some more popular than others
J. Muller Meat Company
Micklethwaite craft meats
Worth day trips to hit the big 3 in lockhart (smitty's, kruez, blacks). Blacks I think has the most consistent brisket. Smitty's has best ambience. Be sure to try the sausage. Lockhart does a faster cook on their brisket, which yields great bark, but can be inconsistent, particularly on the flat part of the brisket.
Louie Mueller in Taylor
Snows in Lexington
Idiots will tell you to go to
Salt lick, county line.
In particular, if somebody tells you to county line, punch them in the fucking mouth.
Salt lick is more ambience then food, I will say it's a fun place to bring a lot of people due to BYOB and all you can eat. It's not bad by any means, it's just nowhere near the best, particularly in the brisket department.
it's the second best barbecue you'll get in Austin, but the wait can be really ridiculous too. iirc they take reservations.
they also have a lot of live music at the venue in the back which of course you can hear inside. you might make your reservation on a day when a band you like is playing out back.
of course I must recommend Rudy's if you've never had Rudy's before. it's a chain only in the southwest. their brisket is amazing and their creamed corn is to DIE for. I'd go as far as to say their brisket trumps all briskets I've ever had.
Remember when the "harlem shake" caught on in popularity? Then it overstayed its welcome? Then like a month would go by, and it'd pop back up again and you'd think, "Fuck, I can't believe people are still forcing this shit. Let it die already."? Yeah, remember that?
That's exactly how it feels to go to Austin.
Go to Coopers BBQ in Llano. Fucking amazing! The brisket literally melts in your mouth. The also have the best bbq chicken. Tender, juicy, smokey, fucking season to perfection. They even have goat(cabrito) but it's always sold out by the time I get there. :(
I've never had a meal at Rudy's that wasn't disappointing. I can't understand how anyone would like their crap. I haven't been to the one in Austin, but I figure that being a chain, it's should be about the same at any of them.
I've pretty much always had it at the Round Rock location since it's the closest location to where I live and work. It's always been pretty decent, nothing I would ever call amazing or the best bbq on the face of the earth of course, but still solid for bbq from a store with an attached gas station.
If I want really good BBQ I take a drive out to Lockhart or Taylor or sometimes down to Driftwood.or I just make it myself.
Brisket wise whos got the best flavor? Tenderness is all well and good but I love a good smoke flavor though the entire piece of meat. And the best pork ribs too since I go for those more than beef ribs.