The sensei of Texas barbecue shares the secrets of great barbecue in a new online series.
If you’re a lover of Texas barbecue, then you’ve heard of Aaron Franklin. For those who haven’t: Franklin is the James Beard Award-wining pitmaster-owner of Franklin Barbecue in Austin, Texas, who is sometimes credited with singlehandedly firing up the golden age of Texas barbecue. Ten years after opening, his restaurant continues to draw three-hour lines.
If you’re a lover of Texas barbecue, then you also know the religious and alchemical language used to describe the style of cooking, its restaurants, and its iconic meats. It’s magic.
Well, it’s magic no more thanks to MasterClass’ Aaron Franklin Teaches Texas-Style BBQ. In the online series of videos, Franklin shares his secrets for evaluating the quality of beef, choosing the best wood, building and managing the perfect fire, smoking pork butt, ribs, and brisket. It’s not Texas barbecue without brisket — and a lot of it. Or as he puts it, “I’m going to teach you exactly like how I would train someone at Franklin Barbecue but I’ve never really gotten to do this level of detail.”
Franklin’s MasterClass makes for an ideal Father’s Day gift for the Dad who maps out weekend barbecue pilgrimages or enjoys a day in front of the grill and smoker. We're just sure Pops agrees with Franklin, when the pitmaster says, “fire is really fun to watch.”
One class will set you back $90 but Dad deserves more than a peek behind the veil. Yearly all-accesses passes to all MasterClass series is only $180.
For more information on MasterClass’ Aaron Franklin Teaches Texas-Style BBQ and other MasterClass videos, visit masterclass.com.