Aaron Franklin

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2014

    And the Winners of Meat Fight 2014 Are ...

    Imagine this: Saturday night, while you and your fuzzy-ass slippers shiffled to the thermostat to crank your heater to 11, four teams of fancy chefs were huddled around smokers in a muddy West Dallas parking lot, drinking beer and cooking meat overnight in freezing temperatures, all in the name of c ... More >>

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    June 19, 2014

    Here's the Trailer for Central Texas Barbecue, a New Doc That Has Us Salivating

    If Aaron Franklin's cameo in Chef has you itching to see blackened brisket on the big screen, a new film by a pair of South Australian film makers might have you drooling soon. Matthew Salleh and Rose Tucker are the duo behind Urtext Films, and they make short movies that capture portraits of peopl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2014

    Texas Rangers Say North Carolina Has Best BBQ, Immediately Lose Ability to Play Baseball

    Yesterday on Twitter, the Texas Rangers Twitter account tweeted something awful. Something unbelievable. Something that's just not true. When asked by a fan, "What state makes the best BBQ?" the Rangers account replied, "North Carolina... sorry!" You're ellipsis-sorry for bashing Texas barbecue, T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2013

    Some of Texas' Barbecue Kings Sound Off on Why They Smoke

    In honor of Sunday's sold-out Meat Fight, we're celebrating smoked animal flesh all week long in our inaugural Meat Week, in which we celebrate the procuring, cooking and face-stuffing of dead-animal flesh. We recently asked some of Dallas and Fort Worth's best pitmasters, meat slingers and pork pu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2013

    The Making of Meat Fight

    Editor's note: In honor of Sunday's sold-out Meat Fight, we're celebrating smoked animal flesh all week long in our inaugural Meat Week, in which we celebrate the procuring, cooking and face-stuffing of dead-animal flesh. To start, we asked our own Alice Laussade, James Beard Award winner and co-fou ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 25, 2013

    Slow Bone's Bravado

    Jack Perkins made some bold claims when he first opened his barbecue restaurant. He's almost backed them up.

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    June 13, 2013

    How to Fail at Franklin Barbecue

    This week, Scott and his harem of hungries braved the line at Dallas' famed meat mecca, Pecan Lodge. While they were taking months off their lives, I was attempting a similar feat in Austin. Upon arriving in Longhorn Land with my dude and our dog, we resolved to do two things: eat tacos and spend a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2013

    Texas Monthly's Barbecue Editor Daniel Vaughn Hosting Book Signing at Four Corners Brewery on Saturday

    This past Friday amidst the mansions of Preston Hollow, Steven Stodghill (you might have heard of the burger named after the prominent lawyer at The Porch) hosted one heck of a party to mark the release of Daniel Vaughn's new book, The Prophets of Smoked Meat. Justin and Diane Fortune brought smoked ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2013

    Austin Food & Wine Festival to be a Buffet of Food, Wine, Music and Stars

    Andrew Zimmern. Marcus Samuelsson. Marc Murphy. Brian Malarkey. Tim Byres. Tre Wilcox. Tim Love. Aaron Franklin. Paul Qui. Where can you hang out with the likes of these national and local food greats all in one place? The answer is The Austin Food & Wine Festival, coming up at the end of the mont ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2013

    Foodways Texas, Documenting The Culture of Texas Food, Hosts Suds and Smoke at DEBC Monday

    If you ever lay awake at night and ponder barbecue joints, or if you plot weekends based on slices of smoky brisket and spicy sausage, then you should definitely meet Foodways Texas. You could be a match made in meat heaven. Foodways Texas is a group of chefs, journalists, scholars or anyone who h ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 17, 2013
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    October 31, 2012

    The Best Foodie Events of the Week, including Meat Fight

    Love Your Farmer is the theme at the "everything" White Rock Local Market (702 N. Buckner Blvd.) this Saturday. In addition to the normal bounty of local produce, crafts and various treats, there's a backyard chicken and urban bee-keeping clinic from 9 a.m. to noon and a class on how to process your ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2012

    Hey, Bees Producing Blue Honey: Here Are 5 Other Places You Should Steal Sugar From

    Some bees in France are producing blue honey, and the bee people have traced the source of the Smurfness to a nearby biogas plant that processes waste from an M&M factory. The bees are producing blue and green honey because they're picking up the bright-colored, sugary waste. I believe it's called ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2012

    Meat Fight Tickets Are Now On Sale

    Meat Fight is a barbecue competition and fundraiser that I'm throwing at Sons of Hermann Hall in Deep Ellum on November 4. In addition to mind-blowing meats for eating, there will be beers from Deep Ellum Brewing Company. There will be Knob Creek tastings. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Na ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2012

    Lockhart Smokehouse Will Compete on an Upcoming Episode of BBQ Pitmasters

    If you haven't seen the show, Destination America's BBQ Pitmasters is a reality show designed to challenge flame wizards in a barbecue showdown. Each week, teams burn their proteins' ends, and occasionally face a "Pit Fire Challenge," where the more exotic fare is thrown down (see: alligator) for a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2012

    Food & Wine's Best BBQ City List Includes A Few Spot in "East Texas: Dallas"

    Food and Wine took some time this week to evaluate our great nation's best barbeque cities in a feature titled "Best BBQ Cities." First noticeable local on the list is Tim Love. Standing next to a grill, right? No, in a Hellman's mayo commercial. What the heck is the deal with the mayo? No mention ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2011

    Gandolfo's Attempts Franchising Magic Trick with Deli Sandwiches

    ​A new food truck is en route to Dallas. The mobile food vendor in question, Gandolfo's New York Delicatessen, is part of an ambitious plan by owner Pool's Restaurant Group for large-scale franchising of food trucks, and in the case of Randy Wolken, master franchiser for DFW, a way to build a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2011

    Super Bowl Met Super Barbecue at the House of Blues

    Patrick MichelsFranklin Barbecue's brisket. See more 'Cue in Patrick's slideshow​Thousands of credentialed sports writers, photographers and television reporters thronged the House of Blues last night for the Super Bowl host committee's "Welcome to Texas" smoked meat bonanza, but I wish a few ... More >>

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    July 15, 2010

    Franklin Barbecue: Three Hours From Now, You Could Be In Brisket Heaven

    ​Franklin Barbecue 3421 N. I-35, Austin 512-653-1187 Hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday (or until sold out) All the food trailers on South Congress Avenue in Austin are awesome and delicious and all, but they've become super touristy. We love the food, but there's something too squeaky-c ... More >>