Aaron Franklin grew up around barbecue and country music. His parents owned a barbecue joint in Bryan and his grandfather once played steel guitar for Bob Wills. After high school, Aaron headed to Austin and became the drummer in several rock and roll bands. After he got that out of his system, he settled down and started cooking barbecue. His barbecue trailer on I-35 near 32nd St in Austin has the Texas Q scene all abuzz.
Frank Mancuso, the Central Texas sales rep for Saint Arnold beer, says he compared Franklin’s brisket side-by-side with the brisket from Snow’s in Lexington at a SXSW barbecue event this spring. Snow’s is much acclaimed as the best brisket in the state, but Frank found Franklin’s brisket superior. I can attest that Franklin’s brisket is amazing, some of the best I’ve ever eaten. But I’ve never been to Snow’s.
The Franklin barbecue trailer opens at 11 am Wednesday through Sunday and closes when they sell out–which happened around 1:30 pm the Sunday I visited. Snow’s is only open Saturday, and they sell out before noon.