I miss chicken fried steak.
I miss kolaches from the Czech Stop.
I miss Whataburger.
And I miss real Mexican food.
But you know what I really miss?
And by barbecue I don't mean grilling or cooking out. There is a difference so please don't be surprised if I punch you in the face for using those words interchangeably. I'm kidding... sort of.
Real. Texas. Barbecue.
That's what I'm talking about.
Thinking about barbecue the other day brought to my attention that I forgot to post about the time my old roommate/bestie, Steff and I went to Franklin Barbecue in Austin last summer.
I know. How could I forget to share such a memorable experience?
Oh and you know what else reminded me? The Chase Sapphire commercial that Franklin is featured in. Every time it comes on I get overly excited and think, "Omg, I've been there!" Then I get sad because I realize it'll probably be a while before I go to Austin again. If you don't know what I'm talking about, then disregard this.
Here is Steff and I when we arrived at around 8:45 in the morning... for lunch.
A few minutes later we found our spot at the end of the line.
Yeah, you can't see the beginning of the line but we heard those crazy people got there at around 6 a.m.
After waiting four and a half hours in 100 degrees, we finally reached our goal.
We both ordered the two meat plate. Combined we had pork ribs, pulled pork, brisket, sausage, potato salad, pinto beans and cole slaw.
It was everything we imagined it to be. The sausage link was delicious but my favorite was definitely the brisket. It had a thick, fatty, black pepper crust with a smokey flavor that melted in my mouth with each bite. Absolute perfection.
Would I ever brave the line again? Yup. It was well worth the wait, however, it's definitely not something you go do all the time.
Here are some tips if you ever decide grow a pair and go :
- Arrive early. They're open from 11 am until they're sold out. Try to go on a weekday.
- Bring coolers, drinks and maybe some snacks. Beer is permitted in the parking lot.
- Bring lawn chairs or something to sit on.
- Wear sunscreen if you're pasty and it's scorching outside.
It sounds like a crazy thing to do, but just know that after you take your first bite, any regretful thoughts will disappear because you'll realize that you're eating some of the best damn barbecue in the nation.