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Barbecue God Aaron Franklin Is Coming To Dallas To Make Ramen

He’ll pop-up at Top Knot next month

You want this guy’s ramen.
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If you’re a serious meat enthusiast, you’ve likely made the pilgrimage to Austin to wait in the legendary lines at Franklin’s Barbecue and get your hands on some of that holy brisket. Next month, though, you’ll be able to score food from the beloved pitmaster without leaving Dallas proper.

Announced via release, Franklin will hit Top Knot on Monday, February 27 as part of the restaurant’s Uncommon Ramen pop-up series. No details have been released just yet on what Franklin will be serving up, but it likely won’t just be ramen. Chef Tyson Cole, who will kick off the series on January 30, will also be serving up hot dogs topped with bacon-stewed kimchi and chicken pate.

This isn’t Franklin’s first rodeo with ramen, either. In 2015, he partnered with Austin’s Ramen Tatsu-Ya for a pop-up that featured noodles in a smoky brisket broth spiked with jalapeños.

In addition to Franklin and Cole, Chef Jesse Houston of Jackson, Mississippi’s Saltine will round out the Uncommon Ramen series with a pop-up on March 27. No tickets are required, but you’ll probably want to make those reservations for the Franklin and Cole dinners early — those seats are going to go quickly.


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