Many, many fond memories of the old Franklin Barbecue food trailer in French Place. This is the location of the original smokehouse that started what was to become a national phenomena. I used to love to stroll up here in the morning to pick up a pound of brisket to eat on out of the fridge for a couple days.
It didn’t take long before even this simple act required some judicious planning. Used to be, you could count on getting some meat if the skies had opened up and it was pouring rain. Then people quit caring and they’d just stand there, like chained-up dogs, drenched and miserable, but hopeful that the meat wouldn’t run out before they made it to the window.
Those days are long gone. Nomad Dosa, an Indian food trailer, sits on the hallowed grounds that is the former location of Franklin Barbecue, and I don’t doubt that it’s fine but I still get a lonesome feeling when I drive past the old asphalt parking lot in a rainstorm.
Good meat can do that to a body.
Previous Franklin Barbecue coverage:
First pic of the brick and mortar Franklin Barbecue http://www.scrumptiouschef.com/food/index.cfm/2010/12/14/Austin-Daily-Photo-The-New-Brich-And-Mortar-Franklin-Barbecue-Tuesday-December-14th-2010?adminview=true
One of the last pics of the old Franklin Barbecue trailer in its French Place location http://www.scrumptiouschef.com/food/index.cfm/2011/2/7/Austin-Daily-Photo-Franklin-Barbecue-Monday-February-7th-2011?adminview=true
The website Chow came to Austin and filmed Aaron Franklin http://www.scrumptiouschef.com/food/index.cfm/2011/2/14/Franklin-Barbecue-Hits-The-Big-Time-Chow-Comes-To-Austin-To-Film-Pit-Boss-Aaron-Franklin?adminview=true
The sign went up at the new Franklin Barbecue location http://www.scrumptiouschef.com/food/index.cfm/2011/2/23/Austin-Daily-Photo-Franklin-Barbecue-New-Location-Wednesday-February-23rd?adminview=true
A fence was erected and bouncers were stationed at entry points to make sure people’s bona fides were in order before they were served brisket http://www.scrumptiouschef.com/food/index.cfm/2011/4/2/Austin-Daily-Photo-Franklin-Barbecue-Saturday-April-2nd-2011?adminview=true
video of Aaron Franklin showcasing his brisket technique http://www.scrumptiouschef.com/food/index.cfm/2011/6/13/The-Old-Lion-Of-Austin-Barbecue-Aaron-Franklin-Demonstrates-His-Brisket-Technique?adminview=true
A modest proposal concerning Franklin Barbecue http://www.scrumptiouschef.com/food/index.cfm/2011/6/18/Part-One-A-Modest-Proposal-Concerning-Franklin-Barbecue?adminview=true
The Washington Post came to Austin to eat at Franklin Barbecue http://www.scrumptiouschef.com/food/index.cfm/2011/8/16/National-Media-Continue-To-Swarm-Austin-Washington-Post-Eats-At-Franklin-Barbecue?adminview=true
Aaron Franklin traveled to New York City to be a guest pit boss at Hill Country Barbecue http://www.scrumptiouschef.com/food/index.cfm/2011/11/10/Aaron-Franklin-Takes-New-York-City-By-Storm-Guest-Pit-Boss-At-Hill-Country?adminview=true
Twitter went wild when an account was formed proposing that Aaron Franklin is, in fact, Jesus Christ http://www.scrumptiouschef.com/food/index.cfm/2011/11/29/Turns-Out-Aaron-Franklin-Is-Not-God-Hes-Jesus-Austin-Pit-Boss-Hits-Twitter-Running-Wide-Open?adminview=true
A poster on the Shaggybebo food board did not like Franklin Barbecue. This is big news in Texas http://www.scrumptiouschef.com/food/index.cfm/2012/1/31/A-Voice-In-The-WildernessShaggybevo-Eater-Bernard-Goes-Against-The-GrainHates-Franklin-Barbecue?adminview=true
Aaron Franklin’s former boss John Mueller challenged Franklin to a cook off. The result was predictable http://www.scrumptiouschef.com/food/index.cfm/2012/3/9/John-Mueller-Throws-Down-The-GauntletChallenges-Aaron-Franklin-To-Battle-For-Barbecue-Supremacy?adminview=true