Hate the Wait, Skip the Line

Austin's iconic barbecue joint makes it easier than ever to skip the line by ordering ahead

Austin's iconic BBQ joint makes it easier than ever to skip the line

Franklin BBQ
Franklin Barbecue has added more pre-order capacity and pick-up times. Photo courtesy of Franklin Barbecue

Good news for barbecue aficionados: Austin's iconic Franklin Barbecue is making it easier to get your hands on its famous brisket. Known for line waits that can stretch from three to five hours, the wildly popular joint is upping its pre-order service.

To accommodate demand for the book-your-brisket-ahead plan, Franklin Barbecue has increased the number of pre-orders it takes, introduced a new trailer, and added more pick-up times, so that it's easier than ever to skip the line.

According to the New York Times, the only person ever to successfully skip the line was President Barack Obama, who apologized to the family he broke in front of and bought them lunch. Kanye West wasn't so lucky. He couldn't swing a cut in the line.

While Franklin has created a new website for pre-orders, the process is the same.

Need a refresher? Here's how it works: Franklin accepts pre-orders beginning at 9 am on the first Monday of the month for the following month. For example, September reservations opened on August 1. Select the date for your order, then choose a pick-up time (now every half-hour from 10:30 am-12:30 pm).

Your going to have to dig deep into your pocketbook as there is a 5-pound minimum and a 30-pound maximum (brisket $20 a pound, ribs are $17) on each pre-order, and a $75 deposit is required. You can also order sides and pie.

A number of dates in September — excluding Saturdays — still have availability. Secure your spot now, and prepare for a famous barbecue feast (without the wait).