bbq en Aaron Franklin on Barbecue, a New Expansion and Those Long Lines <p class="p1">People stand in line for up to five hours to eat at&nbsp;<a href="">Franklin&nbsp;Barbecue</a>. The Austin restaurant, run by Aaron Franklin and his wife Stacey,&nbsp;has earned national praise for serving slow-smoked Central Texas barbecue within the Austin city limits.&nbsp;</p><p class="p1">Franklin Barbecue has been closed for the past couple of weeks for an expansion that includes a new smokehouse. It is scheduled to reopen Tuesday, July 8. Aaron Franklin swung by the KUT studios to talk about it. You can read the interview below or listen to it here.&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src=";color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 00:58:52 +0000 Nathan Bernier 10745 at Aaron Franklin on Barbecue, a New Expansion and Those Long Lines How the Ongoing Drought is Affecting Texas BBQ <p>Barbecue is sacrosanct in the Lone Star State, with brisket being&nbsp;<a href="">arguably the most Texan</a> of dishes. But since 2006, Texas' extended drought has proved a problem for ranchers. In 2011 –&nbsp;the driest year on record –&nbsp;many cattle ranchers gave up, choosing to sell off as they watched their land dry up.</p><p>That wave of sell-offs not only affected Texas ranchers, but also affected the bounty of beef ribs, chopped beef and beautifully marbled brisket throughout the state.&nbsp;<a href="">Texas Monthly BBQ editor</a>&nbsp;Daniel Vaughn tells Texas Standard's David Brown it's not only caused beef prices to rise, but could affect the taste and quality of Texas barbecue for years to come.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src=";color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe><br /> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 20:09:56 +0000 Emily Donahue 9767 at How the Ongoing Drought is Affecting Texas BBQ Texas Pit Masters Bask In Moment Of Barbecue Glory It's not even noon yet but every table out front of the <a href="">Pecan Lodge</a> in downtown Dallas is filled with veterans with barbecue heaped on their plates, smirking at the gobsmacked newbies. First timers are easily discernible by the stunned looks on their faces when they walk in and see the line.<p>Half the people standing in line are not even going to get barbecue; it's going to run out before they can order. Tue, 23 Jul 2013 19:24:45 +0000 Wade Goodwyn, NPR 8396 at Texas Pit Masters Bask In Moment Of Barbecue Glory Where Else Could Pres. Obama Have Eaten BBQ in Austin? <p>President Obama visited Austin yesterday and had lunch at <a href="">Stubb's BBQ</a>, a choice that <a href="">some food nerds found surprising</a>, given the growing list of choices on offer in Austin.</p><p>So where else could the President have dined on brisket and pork? To help answer that question, we asked <em>Austin American-Statesman</em> restaurant critic Matthew Odam.</p><p> Fri, 10 May 2013 20:52:40 +0000 Nathan Bernier 7702 at Where Else Could Pres. Obama Have Eaten BBQ in Austin? The Artisan Tradition of Barbecue <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We love our barbecue in Texas, and one Texan who knows a lot about it is <a href="">Robb Walsh</a>, a James Beard Award-winning writer from Houston. He has a new book out, </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="">Barbecue Crossroads</a></em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, and for the book he traveled across the South, documenting various barbecue styles, not just the food but the history behind the food and the restaurants that he ate at. Wed, 08 May 2013 22:13:06 +0000 Nathan Bernier 7674 at The Artisan Tradition of Barbecue The Lead: Presidential Debate Recap, Texas Senate Shakeup, Central Texas BBQ Wins Another Convert <p>Good morning. Austin’s cloudy morning will give way to sunny weather today, with a high in the low 90s according to <a href="">the National Weather Service</a>. Here’s some top stories from KUT News and debate coverage from our partners at NPR.</p><ul><li><strong><a href="">Waller Creek Teams Design the Future of Downtown Austin</a></strong></li><li><strong><a href="">Double Your Pleasure: Mayor Makes Two-Weekend ACL Official</a></strong></li><li><strong><a href="">Romney Goes on Offense, Pays For It in First Wave of Fact Checks</a></strong></li><li><strong><a href="">Five Takeaways From The First Presidential Debate</a></strong></li><li><strong><a href="">Here's Where to Get Your 'Fact Checks' After Last Night's Debate</a></strong></li></ul><p>Here’s some more stories from around the city and state:</p><p><strong>Dewhurst Plans Committee Shakeup on Education </strong>(<a href="" target="_blank">San Antonio Express-News</a>)</p><blockquote><p>AUSTIN — Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst is poised to announce Senate leadership changes today that could have a profound effect on Texas education policy — including giving fuel to a push for school choice.</p></blockquote><p> Thu, 04 Oct 2012 14:42:14 +0000 Wells Dunbar 5247 at ABIA Makes List of Best Airport Restaurants <p>Austin has made <a href="">yet another</a> &ldquo;best of&rdquo; list. This time, it&rsquo;s&nbsp;Austin-Bergstrom&nbsp;International Airport that&rsquo;s getting the accolades &mdash; or more precisely, the ABIA outpost of The Salt Lick.</p><p>That&rsquo;s right&nbsp;&mdash;&nbsp;the website <a href=";utm_medium=social-media&amp;utm_campaign=tweet">Food Republic</a> ranks The Salt Lick at ABIA as Number Four on its list of &ldquo;The World&rsquo;s Best Airport Restaurants.&rdquo;</p><p>The website says:</p><blockquote><p>Texas barbecue doesn&rsquo;t get much better than Salt Lick BBQ and an outpost of the preternaturally popular 800-seat restaurant in Driftwood is located in the West Terminal (but fills the entire airport with the bewitching scent of brisket). Try a sloppy, but satisfying, pulled pork sandwich topped with slaw and Original Recipe barbecue sauce for a taste of Hill Country on the tarmac.</p></blockquote><p> Wed, 18 Apr 2012 19:29:31 +0000 Laura Rice 4063 at ABIA Makes List of Best Airport Restaurants World Famous BBQ Joints Fine With Franklin's Bon Appetit Win <p>Austin&#39;s <a href="">Franklin Barbeque</a> has been named the best BBQ in America by <a href=""><em>Bon Appetit Magazine</em></a>.&nbsp; If you haven&#39;t been there, just look for the long lines in front of a small blue building <a href=";ie=UTF8&amp;z=16">on East 11th Street </a>about a block east of I-35.</p><p>We thought it might be fun to call pit masters at some of America&#39;s most famous barbecue joints and rub it in (pun intended). Turns out, most of them are pretty humble about their world famous &#39;que. Thu, 16 Jun 2011 22:32:44 +0000 Nathan Bernier 1720 at World Famous BBQ Joints Fine With Franklin's Bon Appetit Win