February 18, 2014
Posted in: Culinary Arts

Jimmy Kimmel tours Austin's best barbecue jointsLate-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel took a break from cracking jokes in order to tour some of Austin’s best barbecue joints. He brought with him his sidekick and friend Guillermo Rodriguez, the real-life parking lot security guard for Jimmy Kimmel Live. He took to Twitter as he posted pictures of the tasty dishes and all his fellow diners. This delicious tour was reportedly filmed, and will become a segment on Kimmel’s late-night talk show airing in March. You can go on the same tour Kimmel did by hitting up the following barbecue establishments:

Franklin Barbecue
Franklin Barbecue was founded by Aaron Franklin. His parents owned a barbecue stand when he was little, and soon enough, he began experimenting with a backyard smoker and brisket. It wasn’t until late 2009 that Franklin and his wife Stacy started Franklin BBQ in an East Austin parking lot. People quickly discovered the tasty meats on the menu, and people quickly started lining up to get a taste. They outgrew the trailer and moved to a building on East 11th Street to accommodate more hungry customers. This establishment has been named The Best BBQ Restaurant in America by Bon Appetit magazine.

Kimmel and Rodriguez both dined on Franklin’s exceptional beef ribs, but that’s not all that this joint offers. Barbecue lovers won’t want to miss the pulled pork, brisket, chopped beef sandwich or sausage. Pair your barbecue dish with slaw, pinto beans or a tasty potato salad.

Micklethwait Craft Meats
This country-style barbecue in the heart of Austin has plenty of items on their menu for customers to rave about. This tiny trailer offers a huge amount of flavor. Take for example their hand-crafted sausages – there are many varieties of sausage to choose from, including the lamb with Aleppo pepper and orange, which is spicy with just a hint of citrus. The brisket is certainly something you’ll want to dig your teeth into as well. It’s smoked for eight hours and has a luscious, melt-in-your mouth texture. The chefs here offer much more than meat as well. Micklethwait Craft Meats also bakes homemade bread and desserts and creates sides and sauces from scratch for true Texas taste.

La Barbecue
Located in East Austin, this barbecue establishment certainly gives all other restaurants a run for their money. Behind the success of this joint is barbecue pitmaster John Lewis, who Kimmel and Rodriguez managed to get a picture with on their tour. La Barbecue has even made it onto Texas Monthly’s 50 Best BBQ Joints. At this restaurant, you can choose between briskets, beef ribs, pulled pork, house made sausage, turkey and so much more. Complement the mouthwatering flavors of your barbecue with any of La Barbecue’s tasty sides, like potato salad, pinto beans and a chipotle slaw. If you head to the establishment on a Saturday or Sunday, you can enjoy some live music with your plate of barbecue.

John Mueller Meat Co.
Kimmel also stopped by the John Mueller Meat Co., otherwise known as the biggest backyard barbecue in Austin. The brisket, ribs and other smoked meats here have become world famous. Chow down on anything from brisket and smoked turkey to beef sausage and pork shoulder. You can learn to master barbecuing by enrolling in a Texas culinary arts school.