Franklin Barbecue? Well, it opens at 11 a.m.
That's right, I got in line for this BBQ place more than four hours before it opened. FOUR. HOURS.
Wanna know the best part? There were about a dozen other people ahead of me already waiting in line.
So, what in god's name would possess me to line up four hours before a BBQ joint opened? The same one that sells out by 2 or 3 p.m.? Well, Franklin Barbecue is known for having some of the best BBQ of all time.
It is the best. It is the finest brisket I’ve ever had. - Anthony Bourdain
So, yeah, I got in line at 6:50 a.m., pulled a camping chair from the stack they have sitting for the early risers and settled in for a long morning. It was cold - like 40 degrees - and I didn't have a proper jacket, so I was freezing the entire time. It wasn't fun.
About halfway through the morning, they open up the restrooms for folks, which is super nice. And music begins playing. It started to get light out, and the folks who were hibernating in front of me slowly start to awaken. Folks come around to get an idea of what you want to order so they can estimate how much they'll have. If you are toward the back of the line, it's not likely there will be brisket left.
It was another few minutes before we got up to the front of the line to place our orders. They slice the brisket right there in front of you, and you order by the pound - or half, or quarter. I ended up getting some brisket, some pulled pork, a side of potato salad, and a mini pecan pie.
So, it's definitely the best brisket I've ever had. It's perfectly moist and flavorful with a delicious bark. The fatty and lean pieces both are delectable. It's definitely the star. But, of course, the pulled pork was delicious - I topped it with some of the spicier barbecue sauce to give it some kick. Onions, bread and pickles are all garnish. The potato salad was perfect for a bit creamier, cool down. And the pie was a great sweet finish.
So, you're asking if it was worth it. Yes. Because it was an experience to mark off my bucket list, and it was easily the best brisket I've ever had. Would I do it again? Not sure. Might go for the second best brisket and not have to wait for four hours :)