BBQ with Franklin

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  • TV-G
  • 2015
  • 1 Season
  • 8.3  (47)

BBQ with Franklin is a delightful cooking documentary series that premiered on PBS in 2015. The show features the award-winning Texan pit master Aaron Franklin, who owns the world-renowned barbecue restaurant, Franklin Barbecue, in Austin, Texas. The series is created and directed by John Markus, a renowned filmmaker and former executive producer of The Cosby Show, and Daniel Vaughn, a respected food writer and author of The Prophets of Smoked Meat.

The show is a perfect blend of history, culture, and culinary art. The series showcases the mesmerizing traditions and techniques of smoking meat that have been passed down through the generations in Texas. Aaron Franklin, with his humble nature and passion for the art of barbecue, takes the viewers on a journey to explore the roots of Texan barbecue, from selecting the right wood to cooking the meat to perfection.

Each episode features a different cut of meat, such as brisket, beef ribs, pork shoulder, turkey, and sausage, which are smoked for several hours with precision and care. Franklin gives insightful tips and tricks on how to rub and season the meat, control the temperature of the smoker, and maintain the perfect smoke. He also explains the science behind the smoking process and explains how different woods impart different flavors to the meat.

Apart from the cooking, the show also highlights the rich history and culture of Texas. Franklin visits various barbecue joints across the state to taste and appreciate their unique styles and flavors of smoked meat. He interviews local pitmasters, farmers, and butchers to understand the cultural significance of barbecue in Texas. The show also features breathtaking scenery of the Texas countryside, which adds to the overall immersive experience.

One of the unique aspects of the show is how it encourages viewers to follow along and try smoking their own meat at home. Each episode ends with a step-by-step guide on how to smoke the featured cut of meat, from setting up the smoker to slicing and serving the finished product. The detailed instructions make the process accessible to both novice and experienced pitmasters.

The series uses a documentary-style format, creating an intimate look into the world of barbecue. Rather than relying on fancy editing or props, the focus is on the artistry, craftsmanship, and dedication required to create mouth-watering Texas-style barbecue. Franklin's easy-going personality and deep knowledge of the subject matter make him an engaging and relatable host. He shares his love of the craft with the viewers, making them feel like they are part of the experience.

Overall, BBQ with Franklin is an excellent show for anyone interested in the art of smoking meat or Texas culture. The series has won critical acclaim and has ignited a passion for barbecue in many viewers. It is a must-watch for anyone who wants to learn the secrets of Texan barbecue and discover the rich history behind the craft.

BBQ with Franklin is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (10 episodes). The series first aired on May 23, 2015.

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10. Leftovers
July 21, 2015
Aaron sends out a little leftover brisket to some chefs around Austin to see how they are inspired by brisket. We end with a taste test that turns into a party.
Picking Beef
9. Picking Beef
July 14, 2015
Aaron tours Texas to research and then cook beef ribs. After a butchering and anatomy class in College Station, Texas, he receives some tips from a legendary central Texas BBQ family.
8. Competition
July 7, 2015
Aaron travels to a BBQ cook-off competition in Kansas with his father-in-law, going way outside his comfort zone.
Direct Heat & Mesquite
7. Direct Heat & Mesquite
June 30, 2015
Aaron gets a lesson in cooking cowboy style in a way that combines traditional BBQ skills with the grill. Then, go behind the scenes at a big city BBQ joint in Dallas and learn their unique take on Texas traditions.
Poultry & Sauce
6. Poultry & Sauce
June 23, 2015
Aaron takes us to a Texas BBQ joint where they cook their chicken in a unique way, and then teaches us how to make sauce from scratch. Meanwhile, John Markus takes us on a whirlwind tour of the regional sauces of America.
Fire & Smoke
5. Fire & Smoke
June 16, 2015
When you're cooking with fire, you'd better have good wood. Aaron covers the major types of wood used in Texas BBQ, gives some tips on building a fire, and shows a twist on using smoke for more than cooking meat.
The Pits
4. The Pits
June 9, 2015
Aaron takes a deep-dive into the realm of BBQ pits, as personal as they are functional. Explore different types of smokers from those at the roots of Texas BBQ to the kinds bought in stores. Aaron builds a smoker out of a 250 gallon propane tank.
Whole Hog
3. Whole Hog
June 6, 2015
Whole Hog
2. Sausage
May 29, 2015
1. Brisket
May 23, 2015
Where to Watch BBQ with Franklin
BBQ with Franklin is available for streaming on the PBS website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch BBQ with Franklin on demand at Apple TV Channels, Amazon Prime, Amazon, Apple TV, PBS and Tubi TV.
  • Premiere Date
    May 23, 2015
  • IMDB Rating
    8.3  (47)