Monthly Archives: June 2011

Restaurants We Luv: Franklin Barbecue – Austin, TX

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Recently featured in Bon Appetite as the best BBQ in America, Franklin BBQ has quickly become the talk of the town. With lines forming at 9 a.m. and BBQ selling out as early as 1 p.m., I was extremely excited to get the chance to try it out. Think five year old kid on Christmas Eve excited. My wife and I both had a random Thursday off together, and what better way to spend time together than to eat great food!

Franklin BBQ 3

The one to two hour wait sounds terrible, but time seemed to pass quickly. I’ve waited in longer lines at Disney World with the end result being much less satisfying than Franklin BBQ. We met some interesting people while waiting including folks who’d driven in from Houston just for lunch and Diana even made a new four legged friend. It’s all part of the Franklin BBQ experience.

Most of the line was in the shade, but the worst part of the wait was the 15 minutes we had to spend standing in the sun shortly before we made it inside the building. Thankfully, there were waitresses selling reasonably priced Shiner and Lone Star (it’s OK to drink beer before noon in Texas) as well as other cold beverages. Once arriving at the counter, you are greeted by Aaron Franklin himself. Friendly and enthusiastic, you can tell he takes pride in his food and it shows.

Did the BBQ live up to the hype? Absolutely. The thing that amazed me the most about all the meats was that I made it half way through the meal before I realized I wasn’t using sauce. If you are a BBQ sauce lover, they do have a variety of tasty BBQ sauces including  an espresso sauce with a distinguished flavor. The meat was all so moist, well-seasoned and had such a great flavor there was no need for sauce (even though all their sauces are delish).

  • The brisket was moist, perfectly seasoned and had an enjoyable smoky undertone that doesn’t overpower the meat.
  • The turkey (my wife’s favorite of all the meat options) was probably the best turkey I’ve ever eaten.
  • The ribs fell right off the bone and had a mouthwatering flavor.
  • The sausage was great, but it would be hard to order sausage as a substitute for the ribs, brisket or even turkey. I’d recommend ordering an extra link on the side instead of as a substitute for the other meats.
  • The pulled pork sandwich combined pulled pork, coleslaw, pickles, onions and tasted as good as it looks.

The sides were a great compliment to the meat.

  • The potato salad was simple featuring a mustard base, perfect for non-mayonnaise eaters like my wife.
  • The coleslaw was tasty. At first glance, it looks like your average creamy coleslaw, but looks can be deceiving. The coleslaw includes a tangy flavor with a hint of vinegar.
  • The beans were good for beans, but I’d have a hard time passing up the the other sides.

I would highly recommend Franklin BBQ to anyone. If you’re going to go through the trouble of waiting in line, plan ahead. Bring a camp chair and have a cooler in the car. Order a ton of food and then pack your leftovers in the cooler on the ride home. My wife and I did this and we’ve been eating off of our leftovers for a couple days. It reheats very well.

Franklin BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich

To find out more about Franklin BBQ, visit their website at http://www.franklinbarbecue.com/.

Yummy Onion Beef Sliders

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My husband and I recently found a farmer’s market that takes on Wednesday evenings near the Dell Diamond.  You can find all sorts of yummy goodies from baked goods, fresh meat, fish, and poultry, fresh fruits and veggies, delicious beverages, and even yummy homemade popsicles.  One of my favorite booths was for Sweetish Hill Bakery and they featured fresh bread products.  I found some delicious sesame seed slider buns and they were the inspiration for these quick and easy sliders.


  • Your favorite slider buns or hawaiian rolls sliced
  • 1 lb. of fresh ground beef (we used extra lean from Central Market)
  • 1 cup of sliced sweet vidalia onion
  • 2 tbsp water
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Ketchup, mustard, & pickle slices to garnish

 


  1. Divide the meat into about 10 small meatball size balls.
  2. Preheat a stainless steel pan* to medium-medium high heat (it was level 5 on our electric stove).
  3. Place half of the sliced onion into the pan and cook until slightly soft stirring frequently to ensure they do not stick.
  4. Then place 4 meatballs at a time into the pan (on top of the onions) and squish each one flat with a sturdy spatula to form your patty.
  5. Season the meat with salt and pepper to your liking.  Cook for 3 minutes uncovered and then flip the patties.
  6. Add 2 tbsp water and cover the pan.  Cook for another 2-3 minutes until the burgers are done.
  7. Move the burgers to the buns, top with onions, ketchup, mustard, and pickle.  Repeat the process again until all your meatballs are cooked.  ENJOY! 🙂

*my hubby loves to buy kitchen things and his new favorite toy is his All Clad Stainless-Steel 12-Inch Fry Pan.  Although it was an investment, we both LOVE the pan and think it’s well worth the money.  We bought it from Bed Bath & Beyond with their 20% off coupon, so it definitely helped. 🙂