BBQ with Franklin: Our picks from PBS Digital Studios


Every Austinite has experienced the enormous line for barbecue at Aaron Franklin’s downtown restaurant Franklin’s Barbecue. In this week’s picks from PBS Digital Studios’ BBQ with Franklin, Franklin himself will share how-to’s on some of his favorite recipes – no line included.

Beef Jerky – BBQ with Franklin

Looking for a quick and easy snack? In this segment, Franklin will teach you how to prepare and make your own delicious beef jerky.

Smokin’ Sausage – BBQ with Franklin

Sausage is a staple in Central Texas barbecue, and there’s not much to it! In this episode, Franklin will teach you his method of smoking sausage and see the difference between a perfectly cooked sausage and an overcook sausage.

Beef Ribs – BBQ with Franklin 

Join Franklin as he takes you step by step into preparing mouth-watering ribs!

Bring on the beef ribs!

Season 1 of BBQ with Franklin sparked something big, reaching over 2 million views on YouTube. KLRU and Aaron Franklin have walked you through the steps to make your own brisket, smoke a turkey and more. And now it’s time for season 2! For the last six months we’ve been cooking up new instructional videos but we need your help in finishing them.

We’re looking for community support to fund this project. Response from the first web season of BBQ with Franklin was smoking and we’ve been getting messages everyday asking for new videos. We want to deliver them as soon as we can, so money raised during this campaign will go directly to the finishing costs and post-production of the second series.

We’re just shy of raising half of our $20,000 goal. And when we hit the $10,000 mark, we’ll release the much anticipated beef ribs video. But we can’t do it without you! And when you support, we have some wonderful ways to thank you including koozies, bumper stickers, t-shirts and of course MEAT!

So help us throw another rack of ribs (beef ribs to be exact) on the smoker and share even more of Aaron’s vast expertise and knowledge of Texas barbecue with you. For more information about this project and to give, please visit the indiegogo campaign site at

#whyKLRU? Meat-Up with KLRU and The Daytripper!

Our August pledge drive is wrapping us this weekend, but we have more surprises in store for you!

Tonight is a special presentation of The Daytripper, featuring Chet’s best of Austin day trips! Chet will join us live in the KLRU studios starting at 7pm. In addition to watching great clips from some of Chet’s favorite close-to-home episodes, he’ll share behind-the-scenes stories and hopefully we’ll see some of that great Daytripper blooper reel!

As a thank you gift for folks who call in to support The Daytripper tonight, we are offering two tickets to the first ever KLRU-Daytripper Meat-Up, a bbq bus tour of some classic restaurants in Central Texas! You’ll have to tune in to find out more or go online to snag your seat right now!

Don’t miss The Daytripper special event tonight at 7pm – LIVE FROM THE KLRU STUDIOS!