It just got a little easier to get hot Franklin Barbecue. The East Austin restaurant at 900 E. 11th St. rolled out its new trailer dedicated to pre-orders last week. Barbecue lovers will now have an easier time picking up large to-go orders. The pick-up window has expanded, and Franklin now offers 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m., noon and 12:30 p.m. pick-up times on the days they’re open for business (Tuesday-Saturday).
You can place your order online for the to-go food starting the first of each month at 9 a.m. for the following month, with five-pound order minimum and max of 30 pounds for any combination of meats. Select your pick-up time, place your order and pay a non-refundable $75 deposit. Show up at the agreed upon time, skip the line, pay the remaining balance on your order with cash or credit card and you’ll be the hero at your office or home or picnic in no time.
Most dates in September still have availability (as of Tuesday morning), and I’m told some remaining August dates should be showing up on the calendar soon, as well.
Franklin Barbecue sells pre-orders by the pound of brisket ($22), pork ribs ($19), pulled pork ($19), turkey breast ($19), sausage ($14, or $3 a link), as well as sides and pies.
(For those in the comments section who struggle with logic: The $75 deposit goes toward the purchase price. Being “non-refundable” means you don’t get it back if you don’t show for your order.)
- President Barack Obama became the first person ever allowed to cut the line (sorry, Kanye).
- Top 10 Austin barbecue joints (5.22.2014)
- The @ Twitter account celebrated two years of updating possible patrons on the line’s length.
- A middle schooler created a “BBQ Fast Pass” business offering paid line-sits.
- Franklin banned all professional line standers (sorry, Desmond).
- NPR did a feature on how locals exploit the line and its occupants.
- The “Chair Guy” started renting out pink chairs for those tired of standing.