BBQ King Aaron Franklin Comes to L.A. for El Jefe Pop-up at Animal

The Austin smoked-meat legend joins fellow low-and-slow expert Adam Perry Lang for a dinner with Roy Choi, Jon Shook, and Vinny Dotolo

Aaron Franklin of Austin’s Franklin Barbecue, a place where guests often start lining up at 7 a.m., will be serving his food in L.A. on April 13 and April 14 at Animal. Franklin’s L.A. appearance is part of the latest El Jefe pop-up with Jon Favreau and Roy Choi (Franklin played himself in Favreau’s Chef film). Franklin, fellow low-and-slow meat maven Adam Perry Lang, Choi, and Animal’s Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo will all collaborate to create a family-style meal focused on barbecue.

What’s billed as the El Jefe: Austin Midnight Dinner is $85 a person, and tables are being booked throughout the two nights. Franklin’s new cookbook, Franklin Barbecue: A Meat-Smoking Manifesto, will be available for purchase at the dinners. In addition, El Jefe Cuban sandwiches will be sold outside the restaurant.

redarrow Animal, 435 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, call 323-782-9225 for reservations.