Texas Barbecue Photos: The Original Franklin Barbecue In French Place [Austin,Texas]

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

About RL Reeves Jr

I'm a writer living and working in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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One Response to Texas Barbecue Photos: The Original Franklin Barbecue In French Place [Austin,Texas]

  1. RL Reeves Jr says:

    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

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