BBQ master Aaron Franklin had the Texas barbecue game locked long before he received a 2015 James Beard Award for best chef in the Southwest at his restaurant Franklin BBQ. Lines were already long at the Austin hotspot and getting longer, the adoring Instagram posts from smoky fanboys were drifting up against the restaurant’s windward wall.

Still, Franklin has stayed focused on his core BBQ mission at this one BBQ restaurant — straying only to write one cookbook and occasionally film an episode of “BBQ With Franklin.” On this episode of “Salon Talks” he opened up about all his thoughts on steak prep that formed the basis for “Franklin Steak.”
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