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Austin BBQ Roadtrip Day Two: Franklin Barbecue

Franklin's BBQ, on line for an early lunch. Aaron Franklin chats it up and drinks his morning espresso.

Franklin’s BBQ, on line for an early lunch. Aaron Franklin chats it up and drinks his morning espresso.

After stopping it at the Taco Xpress, for some breakfast taco’s and some food to keep us satisfied, we headed to Franklin Barbecue and arrived in line at 9:15 AM. Franklin’s claim to fame is that they open their doors at 11a and stay open until they are sold out, oh and also that they have the world’s finest Texas Brisket! So they usually run out of food around 2p as the sign says. Our timing was perfect, we were amongst the first 25 people in line and that got is in the door on the first shift. The line just grew and grew as we waited there, people joining people holding spots and the beverage lady coming through the line to serve drinks. The wait was half the fun, and a little tip, you can use their bathroom.

The first person from Franklin’s we met was a really Sweet young lady who came through to gauge our order as to how much, brisket, pork, ribs and sausage you would be interested in having. It is first come serve so she takes your order and then let’s you know whether there will be any left by the time you get inside. Not an issue for us, more of an issue for the folks closer to the end of the line.

We were lucky and got inside at 11a, waited another 20 minutes and was happy to see Aaron Franklin enjoying his morning espresso and watching over the first cuts of brisket hit the trays. We went with a pound of brisket, 1/4  LB of Turkey and pulled pork, two hot links and a pound of spare ribs and went to work. The surprise of the meal and not to be missed is the smoked turkey, we surmised that we may have been the first to order it and we got a fresh breast that was just amazing, nice blend of pepper, salt and smoke, with a delightful bark. Don’t miss it, we shared it with some line mates who made the mistake and they had the same reaction.

At Franklin's BBQ, the brisket is awesome, but their Turkey could change Thanksgiving dinner for the masses!

At Franklin’s BBQ, the brisket is awesome, but their Turkey could change Thanksgiving dinner for the masses!

The pulled pork was awesome as well, salty, smokey with a hint of pepper and moist. Moist seems to be the seem at Franklin’s, how they do it, I do not know but all our food was tender and didn’t dry out as we ate it. The sausage casing had such a snap and a great flavor. Now the spare ribs had a great bark and a peppery smokey flavor with tenderness that made it easy to separate meat from bone. No falling off, but pulling off was just a delight and an awesome flavor.

Last but not least was the brisket, we asked for fatty and the bark, oh the bark was just amazing. The brisket was not like anything we have tasted thus far in Texas. It was light, fluffy and literally had the consistency best compared to a good birthday cake. The crusty bark mixed with the light and tender meat that was airy and so moist. The bark has a pepper flavor which is the most predominant flavor and it was worth every second in line to taste this Pit Master’s handy work.

Finally, Franklin’s has sauce and the Espresso BBQ Sauce, which is evidently taken from Aaron’s love of a good espresso is the perfect companion to his brisket. Highly suggest taken a few bites on it’s own, but then give that BBQ sauce a try, the mix of the coffee and the black pepper is just not to be missed. Had an almost chocolate under tone and was a pleasant surprise.

Enjoy the photos from the Austin BBQ Roadtrip on BBQ Pro Shops Flickr Page

Elizabeth Karmel’s SOUTHERN SAUSAGE DRESSING

Everything we learned about Thanksgiving we owe to Ms Karmel! We now are famous for our grilled turkey which is as tender as the day is long, because we Brine it the night before and use a Turkey Sitter to cook it on the grill. Now we have a new stuffing recipe to add to the mix, we are normally a StoveTop Stuffing kind of house, but it is nice to see a recipe we can sink our teeth into. I mean,  sausage is about as good as bacon when it comes to spicing things up, so respect the Thankgiving and dig in!

By ELIZABETH KARMEL
The Associated Press

This Southern sausage dressing — also known as my mom’s — is baked in a casserole dish and served on the side. But if you love to stuff your turkey, try this recipe and stuff it into your bird. After all, Thanksgiving is about traditions and we are all partial to our own.

SOUTHERN SAUSAGE DRESSING

Start to finish: 1 hour 15 minutes

Servings: 8

12-ounce package Cubed Herb Seasoned Pepperidge Farm Stuffing mix

1/2 loaf of favorite bread, crumbled (about 3 cups)

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 pound bulk hot sage sausage

1 bunch celery, chopped

2 large yellow onions, chopped

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted

2 cups low-sodium chicken broth

Kosher salt and ground black pepper

Heat the oven to 350 F. Coat a large casserole dish with cooking spray (or butter).

In a large bowl, mix together the stuffing mix and crumbled bread. Set aside, but toss occasionally to help the bread dry out.

In a large skillet over medium-high, heat the oil. Add the sausage and cook, breaking up any large chunks, until cooked through, about 8 to 10 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the meat to paper towels to absorb excess fat.

Return the skillet to the heat. Add a splash of olive oil or a small pat of butter. Add the celery and onions, then saute until the onions start to caramelize, about 8 to 10 minutes.

Transfer the cooked sausage and the sauteed vegetables to the bowl of stuffing mix and bread. Toss well. Add the melted butter and toss to evenly mix. Drizzle in the broth, mixing until the stuffing is evenly moist and holds together, but isn’t too wet. Transfer to the prepared casserole dish and bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until browned on top.

Nutrition information per serving (values are rounded to the nearest whole number): 540 calories; 230 calories from fat (43 percent of total calories); 26 g fat (11 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 70 mg cholesterol; 58 g carbohydrate; 19 g protein; 5 g fiber; 1,050 mg sodium.