Published: March 20, 2014
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I love the concept of adding flavor profiles that you would never think that would work together and I am always looking to try some of these combinations. When I visited Franklin BBQ in Austin Texas, I heard that not only is Aaron’s barbecue food legendary but I also had to try his amazing Espresso BBQ also.
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For those who don’t know Aaron Franklin’s parents owned a barbecue stand in his native Bryan, Texas, so it could be said that making good brisket was in his blood. But barbecue runs thick in the veins of every Texan, and when Aaron began experimenting with brisket and a backyard smoker a decade ago, it just so happened that with him it ran thicker than most. Aaron also worked for John Mueller at the cash register before opening his own barbecue joint.
With the encouragement of friends, Aaron and his wife Stacy debuted Franklin BBQ in late 2009 on an East Austin parking lot. From the walk-up window of a travel trailer turned brisket stand, patrons quickly noticed the Franklins were selling the best barbecue around. By spring, the line of admirers snaked around the block, and the press followed.
Now that we have some background about Aaron Franklin, let’s get down to the review. First off, in the interest of full disclosure I have heard from a bunch of my friends on how amazing his espresso Barbecue sauce is and my expectations were extremely high. I have also never had espresso flavored barbecue sauce and was a bit hesitant in thinking that it would be good, but I was so so wrong. Not only was it good, it was a bottle full of pure genius. The deep rich flavor of espresso works so well together with the sweetness of the barbecue sauce.
As I was trying it I thought to myself, why don’t we see more of these types of barbecue sauces on the market? When you add the espresso sauce to a brisket for example, it really brings out the pepper and the salt that might be on that type of meat and it is not over-powering and there is only a hint of spiciness. It works so well together. I also liked how that in addition to little heat you get from the sauce you get a little hint of espresso on your back pallet which is a nice feeling. Too many times you get too much flavoring or too little, but this is just right.
Overall, I must say that both the concept and execution of this barbecue sauce is spot on and works so well together. I love the creativity of the flavor profiles work perfectly together. I would highly suggest you purchase a bottle of sauce for yourself and then comment below on what you think of it! I would love to hear your thoughts!
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