While many folks in our towns eating community assume Aaron Franklin was bitten from the thigh of Zeus the truth is he is not a Greek God, he is a mortal man who has needs and desires outside of the world of barbecue.

Not unlike a postal delivery worker, a barista or a state legislator, Franklin must bend so that he does not break. Ergo, his taking of a much needed vacation. Lord knows where Franklin has sequestered himself for this needed rest: Up in the mountains of Kurdistan learning the art of pit cooked sheep from the famed “mountain Turks”….over in rural Alabama poring over whole hog tricks of the trade near Selma…..maybe working it out on the dance floors of Amsterdam with his wife and business partner?

We just don’t know.

But his absence doesn’t mean we must stop eating brisket til his return. Indeed, there were barbecue restaurants in Texas prior to Franklin opening and there will be barbecue restaurants after he chooses to hang up his fire starter.

Same as it’s always been.

So here are three places we’d like to recommend for our readers to visit during Franklin’s absence. Please enjoy and report back.

1] Ruby’s Barbecue on the Drag. Read more here http://www.scrumptiouschef.com/food/2011/8/31/Austin-Daily-Photo-Rubys-Barbecue-Wednesday-August-31st-2011 is always a good choice

2] John Mueller Barbecue on South First Street. Read more here http://chowpapi.com/wordpress/wordpress-2.8.6/wordpress/?p=1257

3] Sam’s Barbecue on East 12th Street http://www.scrumptiouschef.com/food/2011/3/14/Austin-Daily-Photo-Sams-Barbecue-Sunday-March-13th-2011

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