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Aaron Franklin

Aaron Franklin's experimentation with brisket over the last 10 years has helped him to become one of the top barbecue cooks in the country. Aaron and his lovely wife, Stacy, debuted Franklin Barbecue in late 2009 in a vintage travel trailer in Austin, Texas, and it’s been nothing but a whirlwind since. With a James Beard Award and presidential visit under Franklin’s belt, the line to get into his popular Austin restaurant is longer than ever, and they’re sold out of brisket at the end of lunchtime every day their doors are open. He is the author of The New York Times best seller "Franklin Barbecue: A Meat Smoking Manifesto" and the host of the television show "BBQ with Franklin".

Q: What goes through your head when you first wake up in the morning when you BBQ?


A: My back hurts. I usually lie in bed and map out the day in my head.


Q: How do you up your game year after year?


A: My number one goal is consistency and for everyone to have the same experience anytime they come.


Q: If you could do anything better, what would it be?


A: Be a better cook.


Q: Who are your heroes?


A: My wife, Stacy


Q: What haven’t you accomplished that you aspire to do in your lifetime?


A: Learn how to make beer - really, really, good beer.


Q: What sound or noise do you love?


A: Crack of a freshly built fire.


Q: What would be your day job if you weren’t doing what you are currently doing?


A: Roast coffee, make beer, and cook barbecue.