What Mayor Steve Adler has to say about Austin’s brisket wars

Southern Living had no idea what it was getting into when it ranked two beloved Austin barbecue joints, Franklin and Salt Lick, on its “South’s Best Barbecue” list.

People wait in line for 4 to 5 hours to taste the food from Franklin Barbecue in Austin, Texas. Johnny Livesay cuts brisket inside the restaurant. Matthew Odam’s Top 10 barbecue restaurants in Austin.
05.06 2014 LAURA SKELDING/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

The restaurants’ inclusion alone wasn’t what got barbecue lovers smoking, however. It was the order in which the two were ranked.

Franklin has established itself as an undeniable gold meat standard when it comes to barbecue in Austin. Regardless of how stupid you think waiting in line for brisket is, you’ve either done it, know someone who’s done it or read a lot about doing it.

Well (in Southern Living’s ranking at least), Salt Lick cut the line, ranking No. 6 on the list — two spots ahead of Franklin at No. 8.

WATCH: What does a day of work at Franklin Barbecue look like?

Naturally, the discrepancy elicited a response from our city’s mayor. Mayor Steve Adler took to Facebook Wednesday to weigh in on the beef saying he could not pick a favorite and declared himself “mayor of all the brisket and of every rib.”

Adler appealed to the city’s brisket unity, asking citizen’s to “take solace… that barbecue exists at all and is widely available in such huge quantities in this magical city.”

That being said… which side are you on?

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