Meet Aaron & Stacy Franklin

Aaron Franklin is widely regarded as one of the most influential pitmasters in the U.S. He received the James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef: Southwest in 2015. Popular and critically lauded restaurant, Franklin Barbecue, was awarded Texas Monthly’s coveted Best Barbecue Joint in Texas, and Bon Appetit’s Best Barbecue Joint in America.

Aaron Franklin

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Aaron is also the co-author of New York Times bestselling book, Franklin Barbecue, A Meat-Smoking Manifesto and Franklin Steak.

Aaron’s interest in barbecue started with the backyard cookouts that he and Stacy Franklin, would throw. They had no idea what they were getting themselves into when they opened up a small barbecue trailer on the side of an Austin, Texas interstate in 2009. Today, crowds stand in line for hours for a taste of his mouth-watering brisket. Franklin Barbecue has been celebrated by everyone from Jimmy Kimmel to Anthony Bourdain to President Obama.

Stacy Franklin

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Texas-born and entrepreneur at heart, Stacy Franklin began her career by working in her family’s snow cone stand at the age of thirteen. Fast forward and after several years working in restaurants, she is now co-owner and chief operating officer of iconic Franklin Barbecue. She has deftly crafted the operations of several successful businesses from conception to fulfillment including James Beard Award-winning Franklin Barbecue and Franklin Barbecue Sauce. In her own words, she humbly says, “I’m a problem solver and make stuff happen!”

Her skills at conceptualizing events and branding trends have opened doors for industry leaders to choose Austin for large-scale events. Her business acumen and drive to help others succeed have made her one of Austin’s most respected restaurateurs. Stacy spends her free time on the board of non-profit Les Dames d'Escoffier Austin. In 2020, The Franklins launched their backyard bbq pit line, Franklin Barbecue Pits.

Masterclass: Aaron Franklin

Aaron Franklin teaches you how to fire up flavor-packed Central Texas barbecue, including his famous brisket and more mouth-watering smoked meat.

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Buy Aaron’s Books

A New York Times best selling complete meat—and brisket—cooking education from the country’s most celebrated pitmaster and owner of the wildly popular Austin restaurant Franklin Barbecue.

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Loro

Franklin is proud to partner on Loro. This casual Asian smokehouse and bar brought to you by James Beard Award winners, Chef Tyson Cole of Uchi and Aaron Franklin is a truly Austin original. Loro Dallas and Houston coming soon!

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Hot Luck Fest

Created and founded by Aaron Franklin, Guerilla Suit principal and Mohawk owner James Moody, and Mike Thelin, co-founder of Feast Portland, this Texas-sized get-together is the true Austin festival experience blending world-class culinary talent and live music.

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BBQ With Franklin

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BBQ With Franklin, produced by KLRU-TV, Austin PBS, proves that barbecue doesn’t have to be complicated and it doesn’t take a lot of specialized equipment. In this 11 episode web series, BBQ nerd Aaron Franklin explains the steps beginning to end in creating delicious barbecue in your backyard.

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Franklin Barbecue can now be shipped to your home anywhere in the United States. Get the the best brisket in the known universe without standing in line. Come get some some before it's sold out.

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Masterclass: Aaron Franklin

Aaron Franklin teaches you how to fire up flavor-packed Central Texas barbecue, including his famous brisket and more mouth-watering smoked meat.