DALLAS – June 27, 2013 – This Tuesday, Dan Rather Reports celebrates the Fourth of July with a truly cherished, but hotly debated, topic: who has the best barbecue in the world? For this week’s program, we focus on Texas barbecue and feature the spot that Texas Monthly names the best of the best.
“A lotta people root for their barbecue joint like it’s a sports team,” explains Daniel Vaughn, who holds the coveted position of barbecue editor at Texas Monthly. Vaughn, author of the new book The Prophets of Smoked Meat: A Journey Through Texas Barbecue, is also responsible – along with the magazine’s long-time food editor – for researching and compiling the magazine’s special cover story on the Top 50 barbecue joints in Texas. Their pick for 2013: Franklin Barbecue in Austin, Texas.
Franklin Barbecue is a tiny restaurant, open only for lunch, which draws daily crowds of people who line up out front for a chance to taste Aaron Franklin’s brisket masterpiece.
“What we do is we really concentrate on quality,” Franklin tells Rather. “We only make so much. We only make as much as we can cook and really keep a good eye on it. We only serve it when it’s fresh. We don’t reheat anything from the day before.”
However, our intrepid reporter would never accept a judgment of that magnitude based only on the opinions of other people. He had to taste it for himself. It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it.
Beware of this video clip – it is NSFHP (Not Safe for Hungry People):
For true barbecue fanatics, check out this “web extra” featuring Aaron Franklin of Franklin Barbecue, Texas Monthly’s Daniel Vaughn and Marc Glosserman, founder and CEO of Hill Country Hospitality:
Dan Rather Reports: Only In America airs Tuesday, July 2 at 8:00pm ET/5:00 pm PT only on AXS TV.
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